We had the pleasure of chatting with the sublime and sexy singer-songwriter Kody Goens. He talks about hard work paying off, pan-sexuality struggles, and fighting the urge to not “sound gay.” Kody is definitely one to watch.
Make sure to check him out all over the web after you read his thoughts, hear his music, and browse his amazing gallery.
- Name: Kody Goens
- Pronouns: He/him3.
- Sexuality: Pansexual
- Out: Yes
- Occupation: singer/songwriter
- Passion: Making music to connect with people
Being queer I used to always be uncomfortable with how my voice came off but I really grew into my own and learned that no one sounds like I do and being unique is a good thing.— Kody Goens
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done in the last year?
Most exciting thing I’ve done is release my first single as a solo musician! I was previously in a group called Second Alibi and toured with Aaron Carter. I also just graduated and got my Bachelors degree in Informatics 🙂
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a music artist, I’m from Indiana. I’m planning to move to L.A. in the next year to ramp up my career. I love making new music, singing, spending time with friends, traveling etc.
What are a few of your favorite things in media right now?
Favorite media… definitely all the new music in the last year. It’s inspiring seeing how pop music has pushed the boundaries a lot for what’s “acceptable”. Hearing all this honest music really keeps me motivated to write and be as authentic as I can. Also for movies ASIB made me cry (lol)
What is your favorite thing, place, or person you go to for inspiration?
Really just listening to other artists inspires me a lot. I also like to travel and try to experience things I wouldn’t normally do. Getting out of my comfort zone is a big part of how I write. I’m like a sponge.
What is something you wish you knew earlier in your journey as a creator and artist that you know now?
I wish I knew that it was okay to let my voice shine and not be afraid to sound too effeminate! Being queer I used to always be uncomfortable with how my voice came off but I really grew into my own and learned that no one sounds like I do and being unique is a good thing. Learning to love my voice and art has saved my life honestly.
The LGBT community can tend to marginalize bisexual and pan-sexual members of the community. Have you felt this? What needs to change?
Honestly, I don’t know too many other pansexuals personally… I think it’s been easier to hide under the guise of “gay” since it’s more widely used. I definitely thing sexualities that encompass being attracted to multiple genders are definitely overlooked and sometimes it’s easier just for people to say “I’m gay” even if it isn’t completely accurate. I think people need to be more open-minded and that more sexualities need to be presented in media. We need more representation.
Your first single is pretty great. Walk us through your process and inspirations. When can we expect more music from you?
I worked hard on it! Honestly it’s different for every song. Sometimes i hear a melody in my head first or lyrics. Kind of like an aching feeling or urge to get a feeling out. ‘High’ is actually about dealing with anxiety and self-consciousness and self-medicating with sex, drugs, etc. I’m working on a music video right now for my next official single! It’s more uptempo and is kind of a dance-ballad. I may release another song in the mean time though since it’s definitely more of a summer bop! Next few months I’m hoping to have something big out.
Do you partake in the modern dating scene? What’s your experience in that area? Is the convenience worth it?
Like Grindr/Tinder? I’ve tried it but I feel like it’s hard to get a gauge of someone’s personality on those apps! The best people I’ve met have been on chance encounters or through friends. I’m actually obsessed with someone at the moment but the songwriting is helping me cope with it and not come off too crazy… haha.
If you could live in any time period in history when would it be?
I don’t think I would want to live in a different time really! The world is the most accepting it has ever been and we are getting closer to equality every day. Its exciting being part of a generation that is finally overpopulating small-minded thinking. I’m so proud to be queer in this point in my life.