For the past twenty years, music has been flowing through the veins of Alex Petrovich. He’s toured across North America, owned a management company with Stephen Tyler’s daughter, Mia, and given everything he has to his bands, The Mighty Nimbus, Georgian Skull, Mister Bones, and since 2009, Gypsy Chief Goliath.
With the birth of his daughter three years ago, Petrovich has found himself in a constant balancing act between being a family man, a touring musician, and in his career as a financial advisor.
“I’ve always been really bad with balance. I tend to drive my focus into one direction and I go for broke. I’ve been doing that for too long in music,” said Petrovich.
With a new album out this month, Gypsy Chief Goliath have had to look at a change of structure and a re-evaluation of how they’re going to move forward and continue to stay relevant as a band.
“We don’t operate the same way regular bands do where they’re able to play every weekend and every month in the same city and they jam every weekend in their basement. We have guys all across southwestern Ontario so it’s a bit tough,” said Petrovich.
Life as a musician can take a toll both mentally and financially and Petrovich has grown weary of the period of adjustment of when he returns from a tour to catch up with his family, whose lives continue to move at a fast pace in his absence.
“This is the first year that I’ve felt tired and exhausted and it’s catching up to me. It’s a love/hate relationship. I look at things where I want to continue doing what I’ve always been doing but one of the hardest parts is that life throws you continuous curve balls,” he said.
“It’s the first time things have really become out of focus. I’ve always managed to have a million irons in the fire at one time, but it’s quite difficult on my family and it’s a struggle for me as well. I’m constantly trying to play both roles.”
Their new record, Citizens of Nowhere, is part of a plan for Petrovich to release three albums in 2016, two from GCG, and one from his other project, Serpents of Secrecy. Accelerating their release is a way for them to stay connected with their fans, while also tapering off from the rigors of touring.
“I’ve never been one to look at retiring in music, but I think for the type of band that we are, if we can continue putting out as many products as we can, that’s how we’ll find our niche and get to where we need to be,” said Petrovich.
Deep down, Petrovich believes it would have been a great story if GCG could have made it to the level where, at the back of his mind, he’s always known they were capable of. Though he admits he’s satisfied with the amount of success he’s achieved as a musician up to this point.
“I think that because I’ve already accomplished those things, it’s just that now it’s time to redirect towards family and a career and that I have to start thinking about myself.”
Citizens of Nowhere was recorded with Mark Plancke at Shark Tank Studios and will be released locally April 15th and in the U.S. in May.