Stephanie Flores & Ramon Cubbas Sit Down with the Legend Thomas Gold
Stephanie: First things first, is this your first time being in Long Island?
Thomas Gold: No I've been here a couple of times.
Stephanie: Okay, where have you featured before here?
Thomas Gold: I played, I think it's a place called River Head.
Ray: In the Hampton's.
Thomas Gold: Yeah, I played here before, it was fun I don't remember the place quite well.
Stephanie: So how do you feel the difference in vibes between New York City and Long Island, because it is 2 different places in the same state?
Thomas Gold: I get the impression that people are still mixing up here, like they come in from the city. That's what I see on my socials a lot, so some people who come to see me like say at Pacha,they also come here. Maybe it's a little bit more relaxed here.
Ray: A little bit.
Stephanie: It's not as high paced.
Thomas Gold: But I like it here and that's why I come here often.
Stephanie: I know, well because I've looked it up, that you learned how to play the electric organ when you were 7. You started DJing when you were 15 ...
Thomas Gold: Yes.
Stephanie: So with all of that musical influence at a young age, what was it that caused you to become a DJ?
Thomas Gold: When I was 15 I got my first synthesizer and I fell in love with this kind of electronic music. I heard all these tracks at this like kid's disco thing going on in Germany and where everybody could go in the afternoon. So I was like, "Yeah, I'm going to do music which can be played to people, which people can dance to in a club. That was how I actually started.
Ray: Who would you say was the biggest influence? I'm talking about DJ's, somebody that you can say when you were like a little kid or a boy, or growing up, you would say, "Man like one day I'm going to play like he plays?"
Thomas Gold: I think one of the first DJ's I saw live was Erick Morillo. Then I kept seeing him a lot and when I went to Ibiza every year - that was when he had his own night there at Pacha and he played there for the whole night. It was very impressive. Actually I saw him play every year during his residence there. It was really nice to see how he could drive a crowd. How he controlled the people and how he put them into a very special mood. I think still he's one of a kind. There's not many guys like him that can really do this. He's a real DJ you know. I grew up with him and to me he's one of the legends. Very influential when it comes to how to DJ, I learned from him is you always have to look at the people.
Ray: It's an art.
Thomas Gold: Absolutely. you stick to yourself, to your style, but then you watch the people, you watch the crowd, you try to read them, and adapt yourself and connect with them.
Stephanie: And become one.
Thomas Gold: That's one of the most important things to me personally which I learned from Eric.
Stephanie: Awesome. Now another question. Knowing the rise to becoming a DJ is not an easy one, it takes years and years, how hard was it for you? What did you go through to become who you are right now?
Thomas Gold: It was quite a bit of work, yeah, that's sure. It took me awhile and I started playing as a resident in my hometown which didn't go well and they threw me out. But I got back and then I got another residence in another club and I had to play the music I really didn't want to play. But it was all part of my, let's say, development ...
Ray: Growing up.
Thomas Gold: Growing up with the music and that's also where I learned what you can do and what you can't do. What you should not do. Then I got more and more opportunities to play to different crowds and different clubs. When I had my first records and tracks out that made the thing a little bit easier, but still it was a lot of work because when I started having my first agency, it was just one guy and he didn't have a big network so it was all about Germany. Then I went to the neighbor countries, so it took a while. It was kind of an organic development for myself.
Ray: As a person.
Thomas Gold: Yeah, and I put a lot of effort into it and a lot of love. I'm happy that I'm at where I'm at right now and I hope and I will continue this for a while. I see a lot of stuff coming and going and I know there’s like always, there's always good times and bad times, and put the industry before yourself, whatever. But maybe that's very normal for everybody whatever you do.
Stephanie: What do you think EDM is going to do for the future, because obviously if you look 10 years back it wasn't as big as it is now? And look at how influential this is playing on commercials, DJ's and all of this. Where do you think this is going for us?
Thomas Gold: 10 years ago, yeah it didn't even exist. That was all created in the US actually. In Europe it came up a little bit because of the US, because it was so big here.
Ray: But those are the roots.
Thomas Gold: Somebody in the US started calling this thing EDM, electronic dance music, it was like a word for a lot of things. A lot of genres were underground EDM. So I might have a totally different definition of EDM than you guys have. I think the name and this phenomenon, EDM, is going away right now. It's really declining, the whole thing, you know that whole movement; but the people are still there and the people are evolving. They're looking into other kinds of stuff that they're getting more interested in, more special things instead of just the EDM thing.
It was predictable, you could see it coming. Because all these trends like Hip-Hop, it got big and then it went commercial, and then the bubble exploded or whatever you want to call it. But it's still there. EDM, or however you want to call it, the future will still be there but maybe not as the big EDM thing. It's just a part of music or the club scene after all. For me personally, I never did really like EDM music for myself. I didn't do this aggressive drop style stuff. I kept my style but adapted myself a little bit.
For next year, I'm really planning on trying to go a little bit of a different way. It's going to take a few months. I started working on new material, a lot of new tracks.
Ray: Could you mention a little bit about it? Like or is that a secret you're working on?
Thomas Gold: No, it's not a secret. I'm going to do an album by the end of next year. That's the news for me. That's like my decision.
Ray: Are we to expect the same flavor, the same style, or are you trying to implement something different?
Thomas Gold: I'm going to change but it's not like, it's not going to be a sudden change. I'm going to make it like a transition. I want to find myself where to go. I have a lot of ideas in my head, but first of all I want to still connect to my people, to my fans. And I want to connect to my music. I have so many different ideas. I'm not going for trap right now. That's not the point. It's more like evolving myself. For example I want to include a lot of real instrument, like acoustic guitars, electric guitars, pianos, and vocals, vocals, vocals. I have a bunch of things going on right now, projects with song writers, and producers, and singers. It's really exciting. I'm collecting material and I think you will start hearing it by let's say the beginning of summer when I put up my releases for this time, that my style's going to change a little bit.
I just need to figure out myself, as I said, I'm in the middle of working on a couple of things and I just want to make them perfect for myself. I want to tell this story. I want to go in different ways. Not too different, but yeah, like let's say set myself up for the future.
Stephanie: Is that going to be ready for Governors Island next year?
Thomas Gold: We talked about that already. I don't know if it's going to be done for Governors Island, but it's definitely going to be something big in New York. We want to do something special again.
Stephanie: That's good to hear because you dropped a lot of good songs this year in Governors. I know it's always a very difficult choice to make, but your most memorable DJing experience, whether it had been in a club or a big festival, what was that for you?
Thomas Gold: I think it was when I played EDC, Vegas, for the very first time on the main stage. It was so big and I was not really prepared for that, I was not ready for that. I was super excited, but if you ask me the question, that's one of the first things coming up. EDC, Las Vegas, it was super hot and it was the main stage. I opened the stage and at the beginning, of course, there were not many people; but after like half of my set, I played for 2 hours, there was a lot of people already. I was like, "Wow, this is impressive." Then I stayed the rest of the night for Swedish House Mafia, and they played my tracks, they played my Lady Gaga remix. We took drinks back stage together. It was a very memorable night, the whole experience.
Stephanie: Was that the biggest crowd that you had ever played? Well at the time at least?
Thomas Gold: At that time yes, but I think I played to bigger crowds, yeah. This year when I played EDC, I had a later slot at ground stage and that was a huge crowd for example. And I played Tomorrowland to a big crowd.
Stephanie: Just to wrap it up, anything you want to say to everybody out there that loves you?
Thomas Gold: I just want to say thank you for the support throughout the year.
Stephanie: Thank you so much. I really appreciate it, for your time.
Thomas Gold: My pleasure.