Interview: Goner Opens Up about “All Ur Best Friends” ft. Lil Xan

Goner and Lil Xan team up on their recently released brand-new track, “All Ur Best Friends,” via Cleopatra Records.

Talking about “All Ur Best Friends,” Goner shares, “I made this song during quarantine, after dealing with a tough breakup that led to a lot of internal issues. In this song, I’m basically just expanding on the fact I can still continue to see people from my past follow up with what I’m doing. With a lifestyle that’s different than the normal, everyone likes to go away when things aren’t “on the up” and they always come back when you’re doing good. This song is me speaking about knowing my worth.”

With his underground cult following, Goner’s previous hits like “I know U know,” “Know Me,” and “Break” have set him up to explode. Anyone who listens to music is familiar with Lil Xan, the force behind “Betrayed,” “Color Blind,” and “Slingshot,” along with his latest EP, have a nice day.

Simultaneously hypnotic and thrumming with pulsing energy, “All Ur Best Friends” narrates how Goner is aware his ex and her friends follow his burgeoning career on social media.

CelebMix spoke with Goner to find out more about how he got started in music, his influences, and his definition of success.

What three things can’t you live without?

Some things I can’t live without would definitely be music, weed, and my friends. I think those 3 things keep me going more than anything.

What inspired your new single, “All Ur Best Friends?”

The inspiration for this single is definitely a rough breakup and feeling the need to speak and flex a little bit. Kinda show that, yeah, I got messed up a bit but I know my worth.

How did you connect with Lil Xan?

We actually originally met at a Halloween party in Malibu in 2019, ever since then we’ve been connected on social media and were lucky enough to collaborate on this track thanks to my good friend and A&R Kyle Perera from Cleopatra Records.

How did you get started in music?

I got started in music back in 2018 by actually being a photographer in the music scene of Florida. I would do a bunch of festivals including Ultra, EDC, and plenty of others which really inspired me to try to make it myself.

Which singers/musicians influenced your sound?

I like to think that there are so many influences for my music that it’s hard for me to narrow it down, but definitely Lil Peep, XXXtentacion, Blink-182, Blackbear, and plenty of others.

If you had to explain your sound to the uninitiated, what would you say?

I’d say my sound is emotional rap. I put a lot of real emotions and feelings into it, but also I like to talk my shit and flex a bit. So I think I definitely tend to have two sides sometimes.

Did your sound evolve naturally, or did you deliberately push it in a certain direction? 

My sound evolved naturally with what my interests become and what I find inspiring, but there are definitely times when I have a specific idea or feeling that may be unorthodox to my ‘usual,’ so I think in those moments I tend to push a bit in a certain direction.

What inspires your writing? Do you draw inspiration from poems, music, or other media?

I get inspired by so many things but definitely other music, art, and life experiences as the top I’d say. A lot of world news and issues, political views, and human rights movements inspire me because I feel so strongly about using my platform to my best. I strive on driving people to see what they could be doing to make the world around them better.

What can you share about your writing process?

My writing process is always everywhere, I write about my own experiences, experiences I’ve heard about or even sometimes I like to run with a narrative and turn it into a story.

Which artists in your opinion are killing it right now?

I LOVE so many artists, but I think my favorite stuff recently to see happen is friends like JELEEL really start to pop off. I love seeing people I know personally catch onto the mainstream eye and get what they deserve.

How do you define success?

Success to me varies, but personally, as long as I’m happy with myself and doing everything I can to take care of my parents or my friends around me, that really is what sticks out to me. I think a lot of people get caught up too easily in “blowing up” or numbers, and if you’re constantly chasing those, I feel like you’ll never be motivated with where you are.

What can your fans look forward to over the next six months? New material? Live gigs?

My fans can look forward to every single thing possible. I’ll be releasing a bunch of new music, and playing plenty of shows, and music videos. I’m really excited to see them in person and feel their energy at shows because from what I’ve experienced already it is the best high I could ask for. So much more to come, this is only the beginning.

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Written by Randy

Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.