Thomas Gold is not one to unleash a lot of tracks. He takes his time and makes sure every production fits his high standards. Ending 2015 with two massive collaborations “Morphine” (with Lush & Simon
) and “Never Alone” (Deniz Koyu
) and an epic remix of “Souls” by Borgeous
might be a sign of what’s to come. There might be a few more releases than before but they all receive the fanfare they so richly deserve.
RS: I love your track “Take Me Home” with Harrison.
Thomas Gold: Thank you. It is a very big and beautiful vocal track; it is a completely different direction from what you know from Harrison right now. It’s kind of like a Thomas Gold track with Harrison on top of it. I was in the studio with him in January and we had a lot of fun together. We actually wrote a couple of tracks and this is the first one to come out and I am really excited for it, it is coming out on Armada records.
RS: You also have a track coming out on Revealed don’t you?
Thomas Gold: Yes, it is kind of the follow up for “Color Blind” which was my track from last year. It is also a big vocal track with a big female singer.
RS: One thing that I really respect about you is how you don’t throw a lot of tracks out there; you maybe do two or three tracks a year, what is your logic behind that?
Thomas Gold: Maybe I am just too slow! No, actually I really want to make sure that the tracks that I put out are something that I am 150% behind it and want to play it in my sets. For example “Color Blind” went through a couple of phases, I went out and test played the track a couple of times and we back to the studio and changed things and tweaked things so it took a while but that is just my way of working with tracks. At the moment I have a bunch of tracks in the pipeline so I am trying to be a little bit faster and put out some more stuff. I just want to make sure that if I put something out it is not just another track but it is a real Thomas Gold track and something that I really feel and think that someone would appreciate.
RS: That makes sense. I have been a fan of yours for a really long time and I think back to the years of 2006-2007 when you were slamming remixes out the door. Why did you move away from some many remixes to just fewer original productions?
Thomas Gold: At the time I had to build my name, I had to build my reputation and make myself known to the people so I took a lot of remixing jobs. I also found out that the more remixes I did the less I got ideas for new remixes. Sometimes when you have a great idea you want to save it for your own original track and I was just using it for a remix because it fit and then the idea was gone. I don’t like to repeat myself and so I learned from that time that doing less is maybe better and taking more time for productions and remixes is better. I have turned down a lot of remixes over the last few years just because I wanted to focus more on my own stuff.
RS: That remix that you did for Adele “Set Fire to the Rain” was absolutely gorgeous. Was it a challenge working with such a big vocal?
Thomas Gold: Yes absolutely, it was a really big challenge. When I got the remix request I wasn’t too sure if I should do it because I love the original track and am such a big fan of Adele. I wondered if I could ever do something that came even close to the quality of the original track. I tried a few things and I talked to the label, and Axwell helped me a lot and gave me advice and encouraged me. I did the remix and luckily it turned out well and I got a lot of great feedback and I was super proud that I did it.
RS: Talking about big vocals, you did some early tracks with Amanda Wilson and to me they are classics. If you were to do a track with her right now, what would it sound like?
Thomas Gold: I think that her voice would sound the same and maybe we would go in a little cooler of a direction but I wouldn’t change too much. Of course the music would sound different and more adapted to what is going on right now. I can’t tell because it always depends on the vocal for how a track is going to be and vice versa. The direction that you go depends on if you start with the vocal or the track, I always try to write my music around the vocal.
RS: You are a big production geek and a big Waves fan and that is awesome, what else do you use in the studio DAW wise?
Thomas Gold: I am actually a big Universal Audio fan, I have the UAD card and I have one on tour with me and one at home in my studio. I use all of their plug-ins because they are amazing and have this warm analog sound and this fat sound. I like a lot of the Arturia stuff and synths like Spire, Xilent and Waves is still one of my most important folders to go to. They recently put out a couple of things that I might not really need for my productions but the range of products that they have is so big and so broad and there is always something to grab and you put it on the sound and there it is.
RS: You travel a lot as a DJ, how do you balance your DJ life, your personal life, your traveling and your health?
Thomas Gold: You get used to it and I found my routine. I try to eat very healthy, eat a lot of fish, eat low carbs and less fat than normally and eat vegetables and fruits. I try to get as much sleep as possible but sometimes it is not possible but I try to relax whenever I can. It is kind of a problem with the family and friends at home because when you travel so much it is not easy to catch up with them. Some of my friends just had their birthdays and I missed all of them. I send them text messages and try to call them but I was in Asia two weeks ago and the time difference is eight hours ahead of Germany so it is really hard to reach anyone there and now we are six hours behind Germany. You get used to it and find a routine and I can deal with it, kind of.
RS: After a night of playing which hurts more - your ears from the sound or your eyes from all of those camera phones?
Thomas Gold: It depends, maybe both. Actually I have a very good set of headphones and so I put them on whenever I play and try to leave them on most of the time. I also turn down the volume of the head phones so it gives me a little bit of chill out time for my ears so they aren’t ringing too much. For the flashes you just get used to it, it’s cool, it’s part of the game and it’s not too bad.
RS: If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 18 what advice would you give yourself?
Thomas Gold: Be a little bit more patient with some things, take your time and let things develop and evolve and just chill.
RS: What would you like to say to all of your fans out there?
Thomas Gold: Thank you for everything and thank you for all of your support. I love you guys and it is a pleasure to travel the world and see you all around the world in the clubs and here in Miami. I have been running into a couple of people and they have been saying how they appreciate my sound and my music and that is the most exciting thing in this world. I love you and thanks for the support, keep on doing it!
Interview conducted during WMC 2015.