The ClubPlanet Interview: Thomas Gold

The ClubPlanet Interview: Thomas Gold

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
05.26.2016

Thomas Gold is “On Fire” right now, literally.  The track with Rico & Miella was one of the major anthems of Miami Music Week.   Following up the equally massive “Can’t Stop this Feeling,” Thomas is one to watch the 2016.  Not only for his original productions, but his remix of Vicetone’s “Brightside” is bringing much “fanfare” as well.

RS: Are you recovered from the Revealed party last night?
Thomas Gold: I am recovered, it actually wasn’t that much of a problem because it ended quite early and we finished at 11pm. I went to dinner afterwards and I didn’t go out because I had the press day today, so I am good.

RS: I am glad you are fresh for us, it makes a difference. You are really “on fire” right now, literally, that Rico and Miella song is everything. How did the collab come about?
Thomas Gold: I really liked what these guys were doing, I knew a few of their tracks and so we approached them and they said they would be up to do something together. They sent me the basic idea for “On Fire” and I instantly loved it and wanted to do something. We worked together on the track, the guys edited the second verses tweaked the vocals and edited my musical stuff and we went back and forth tweaking it. It was really fun doing it with them because they are very musical and I like how they approach stuff and how open they are. At the end we had the original club mix and the guys are really into live instruments so I asked them if they wanted to do a real radio pop version of the track and they were down for that. We edited some cellos and some real acoustic drums and guitars and that is how we did the radio edit. There are two versions which are totally different from each other, the only common thing is the vocal but the rest is completely different. It is actually the first time that I did a version of one of my tracks that is not a club version, it is amazing.

RS: I want to break the fourth wall, you just said “we” reached out, when you say “we” what do you mean?
Thomas Gold: “We” is my management and my team because they help me. Since I travel so much sometimes it is not easy to get ahold of people so my management contacts their management. We ended up talking to each other and I met up with the guys and I saw them, now I just talk to them directly. They are actually joining me on my tour right now, they are coming to perform live on a few shows.

RS: The “we” thing is something I’ve always wondered about. “Can’t Stop This Feeling” feels like it is going to be the big record of this festival season with that pretty drop and the lyrics. Do you see music going in that direction more and more where it gets really pretty then aggressive?
Thomas Gold: Yeah I think that the aggressive times are kind of over now and the music is moving back to more of a softer, smoother sound. It is more about the groove and the melodies again which I am happy about. I am a melodic guy and my approach is always very musical. I feel way better if can just think about the music and not about the function of the tracks. Does the bassline have to hit a certain way for it to work in the clubs? For example “Can’t Stop This Feeling” started with a little vocal sample and I edited some melodic parts in the drop. Together with Amersy we created the whole track and groove and everything. We tried to work it as a groovy track but still energetic and uplifting.

RS: Are you doing any commercial syncs with it?
Thomas Gold: I don’t know yet, maybe. It is still early because the track came out five weeks ago and sometimes it takes a while. I am sure my publisher is working on that kind of stuff though.

RS: I hear it in commercials. So you are running the Armada Instagram today?
Thomas Gold: Yes I am!

RS: What have you been putting on there?
Thomas Gold: I posted a picture in the morning from the beach and I added some stuff when I was with Sirius XM. I just want to let people know what I am doing today. I started with the press day at noon and I have 14 interviews today until 5pm. The last one is going to be with iHeart and then I am going to have dinner and then I play a show tonight. So let’s see what happens in between, I just want to show people what is going on during the day.

RS: I love that even though you are doing 14 interviews you are completely fresh. I want to ask you, what is one question that you are sick of answering?
Thomas Gold: I am not really sick of answering any questions but people always ask me who I want to collab with and that is a difficult question. It is hard to say because I don’t have a plan, it just happens. Sometimes you run into people and you just start talking or you meet them on skype and you get the idea to work together. Amersy came together like this because I really love what he has been doing. I thought that he was cool and thought that it could work for the track idea that I had in my head for “Can’t Stop This Feeling.” We hit him up and that is how it happened, I didn’t think it over like for weeks.

RS: Speaking about collabs, what would a Galantis vs Thomas Gold collaboration sound like?
Thomas Gold: I actually love what those guys are doing, we just had a show together in San Francisco two weeks ago. It would be very melody driven, I love the vocals that they do and how they produce the tracks and how they do the piano sounds. They have kind of a vintage sound combined with a very modern sound. They are not too aggressive so it would sound like Thomas Gold v Galantis.

RS: In your live sets what percentage is your own music versus other people’s music?
Thomas Gold: It has gone up a little bit in the past six months because I have released so much stuff. I would say that it depends on the length of the set but it may be around 30% to 40%.

RS: What advice would you give to a new up and coming producer?
Thomas Gold: First of all take your time, sometimes things take a while. The industry is moving forward very fast and you just have to be patient. You have to work your ass off, be aware that there is a lot of work. It is not just standing on stage playing a bunch of tracks, you have to produce the stuff and make music and you have to learn how the system works. I would also say to try and find your own sound and own niche. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel but try to create your own signature sound and get people excited about it. Show them that you are you are different from the others and take your time and be excited about what you do. You have to be passionate about what you do and you have to be patient.

RS: I like that a lot. When they do the movie of your life, what actor will play you?
Thomas Gold: Oh maybe Hugh Grant or Bruce Willis, I like those guys.

RS: Bruce Willis 30 years ago, I see Keanu Reeves! What would you like to say to all of your fans out there listening?
Thomas Gold: I would like to say thank you to everyone for the support and love, it is amazing. I have been touring the States now for two weeks for the On Fire tour and it’s is amazing to see the feedback for the track. It’s also amazing when people come up to me and tell me how much they love Fanfare and how crazy they go during the sets. There is so much love out there for this kind of music and for me and I am grateful that I can be doing this. I am passionate about music and I love to share this and it is great to get so much feedback. Thank you to everyone out there.


Interview conducted March 2016 during Winter Music Conference.

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