Golan, consisting of Alex, Ernesto and Mihai, started in 2013 as an electro project with Cuban and jazz influences, after Alex heard Ernesto play during a trip to Cuba and asked him to move to Romania and start making music together. They named it Golan, meaning “hooligan”, but their sound is far from the coarseness the name would suggest.
Golan blends Latino sounds such as salsa and meringue with electronic beats. They use trumpets, flutes, percussion and vocals to put together an amazingly haunting show, with the keyword being melancholia. Their sound is so original and surprising because it stems from each member’s different background. Ernesto grew up listening and making Latino music, Alex flirted with pop in a pretty well-known band in Romania, while Mihai, the DJ, gives Golan its electronic edge. The keyword of their music is melancholia, they say.
Their shows often feature live instruments and orchestras. They’ve toured around Europe with Parov Stelar and opened for Róisín Murphy, and they show no sign of stopping: their new album, Intro, released in April 2017 and a few European dates prove that the future is definitely theirs.