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Just recently, I had the pleasure of spending time with the man behind Antidote, Jorge’ Goyco. If you saw this guy sitting around in his anti-alien T-shirt, oversized pants, frosted hair, and holy perma-grin, you might pass him up as a local raver, and he is, but not with a "local" destination. He has heaven in sight. Goyco and his wife Leigh spend their time reaching out to the secular rave scene by publishing tracks, witnessing one-on-one, and through their incredible electronic music. They could easily be compared to secular greats such as Josh Wink, Tricky, or Underworld, but with a much greater message.
Antidote has just released a new album called Forget Yourself on N*Soul Records and have a lot more in store for the future. Here is an interview done via email that can give you a closer look into what Goyco does.
Tollbooth: How would you describe Antidote? What is your mission statement?
Goyco: Our mission is twofold. One part is to tell unsaved ravers that God loves them a bunch and all they've got to do is accept His love and life will be way different and purposeful. Second is to encourage Christians into a deeper relationship with God. To further promote focusing on God...also to supply sanctified dance music to God's people.
Tollbooth: Do you feel that your mission is being accomplished? Can I have some examples of outreach/testimonies that have come to fruition through your ministry?
Goyco: I get at least an email a week from someone who has recently come out of the rave scene and who is thanking God for Christian music like ours. There's one guy who listened to the song "Debris" off Fight or Flight when his mom was going through some tough times and he said it reminded him to trust in God when the goings are bad. Also, at shows, people try to give me props for the music and I just tell them the truth that it's only because of God.
Tollbooth: The Christian dance scene is one of the most overlooked genres in the industry. How do you think it will be in the future?
Goyco: I look at how heavy metal (death metal/hardcore) is being accepted now as a viable ministry tool and how it wasn't when I was into it about ten years ago. It'll probably take some more 20/20 and Dateline exposé to really get parents supporting it as a necessary means to reach out to kids. In the meantime, it's just devil music.
Tollbooth: Where do you see Antidote in this dance scene future?
Goyco: I really don't know what God has in store for us, so I don't really know what to say. I've sold Him short before by thinking my ideas were great but then was floored by His ideas. Only the things that He asks me to do are the ones that really satisfy anyway. So I've learned to hope big. I'd say in five years Antidote that would become a full-on event with huge raves and church service where kids come from all around because they hear that the Antidote raves are life changing. Maybe a whole magazine dedicated to it. All in preparation for Jesus to do a little spinning just before he takes us up into the sky.
Tollbooth: Do you have any reservations about playing in secular venues?
Goyco: I've played a few and I dig it. I've never been beat up for sampling Jesus into the mix. I'd like to play more of them but it's hard to get in. I'm also lazy and they don't ever call me.
Tollbooth: What is your advice to those Christians who want to participate in secular raves?
Goyco: Pray a bunch. Don't go alone. Make sure people know you are going and that they are praying for you, and make sure they ask you about it the next day (accountability). Take tracts and tapes to pass out (have a purpose). Pray while you dance (if you dance). Be very cautious when you come face to face with temptation.
Tollbooth: Did you come out of the secular rave culture?
Goyco: My younger brother turned me onto the rave scene after I had been in the drug scene so it was an easy transition. All I can say is Romans 828 ALL things.
Tollbooth: How long have you been producing tracks, and was it a move from mixing to producing or vice versa?
Goyco: I've been producing electronic music for about three years. I've been recording for longer than that, but most of those other songs were me and my acoustic guitar singing songs about boogers and farts. I've been DJing for about 2 and a half years and actually performing has really helped make my music better. When I play it live I can tell if the bass is too soft or the break is too long or no one wants to dance to a specific song, etc.
Tollbooth: What do you use to make your tracks?
Goyco: Macintosh Performa 6400, Sound Edit 16, Koblo, Retro AS-1, whatever I can get my hands on.
Tollbooth: What do you use to perform live?
Goyco: I've got a Numark Dual CD Mixer.
Tollbooth: There is a huge change in your overall sound on Forget Yourself, from Flight or Flight. You left the more chaotic, disconnected feel for an album that has so much more texture, and depth. What brought about this change?
Goyco: I think performing live and hearing the tracks really loud brings out the best and the worst in a track. Also, I got a bunch of really good criticism from a DJ and another producer that really helped out. As far as the change in style goes, I think it happened one night at 4 in the morning after my set. A DJ friend of mine went on with this Progressive Trance and I sat in the back totally exhausted from it being so late and also playing the night before at a place that was about a four hour drive from this place, and I had played there at 4 a. m. as well. Anyway, I kind of was falling asleep to his set and I was having some crazy dreams that were being controlled by the music. I freaked out and I woke up suddenly a bunch. Something clicked in my mind about that kind of trance. [What he does now], It's just fun making it. More layers. More flowing.
Tollbooth: It's known that you have some very interesting, thought provoking thoughts about alien life forms, the stickers you give out at shows, inside your album cover there is a anti-alien logo, would you give us the inside track on this.
Goyco: There are two strings of logic to this scenario. One is that every alleged abduction is a kidnapping, a rape, a brainwashing, probing, or something of that nature. It's never nice. It's always against the will of the abductee, so why is our society embracing the idea of aliens? They have shown no sign of compassion or empathy or love.
Secondly is the spiritual aspect of it. The devil is tricky, and aliens are a way to make people not think about God. If there are other life forms out there that are possibly smarter, then that lessens the importance of Jesus (God's only son) coming down as a human and dying for us. We are a special creation not another creation. God created everything so would He have created aliens and not said so in the Bible? I think they are demonic manifestations. The company that supplies me the stickers is called V2. They are Christian and very up front about their beliefs. There is a link to their website from mine.
Tollbooth: Does Leigh contribute to the mixing, and isn't it the most wonderful thing to make music like this along with your wife?
Goyco: Leigh sings and then tells me if the song is great or not so great. She doesn't perform live right now. I love the songs that she's singing on. It makes me happy.
Tollbooth: Who are some of your most major influences?
Goyco: Bjork, Uberzone, , Paradigm Shift, Portishead, the BeeGees, Sesame Street, and Powerpuff Girls.
Tollbooth: What does Antidote have planned in the near future i.e. touring etc.?
Goyco: A couple of raves in Dallas/Ft. Worth in June (one of them is a costume party). Possibly something in San Diego and LA this summer. Cornerstone Festival 2000 in July, a house party in Illinois in September, and a rave in Washington State in August.
Tollbooth: What is your favorite song that you have made and why?
Goyco: I think "Everywhere I Go" is my favorite song. I think the lyrics are fun and the message of taking my Bible everywhere I go is pretty important. I'm liking a bunch of stuff that I'm making lately but you'll have to wait a little while for them to be released.
Tollbooth: Anything else you would like me to add or say?
Jorge: Forgive all.