Goldroom Goes Live Band
DJ/Producer Goldroom is giving up the tables and transforming his tropical funk psychedelia project into a live band, debuting early 2013.
Josh Legg (aka Goldroom), is a coastal Massachusetts native residing in Los Angeles for the last several years. Just a few years into his solo project he’s already received stern attention from artists including Aeroplane, Gigamesh, and The Disco Biscuits. In 2008 he formed his own label Binary with partner Kyle Peterson, conquering feats in producing, managing, and performing dynamic beats. In recent months he’s received recognition as a promising new DJ from magazines/media organizations like Gotta Dance Dirty and Fader. His cool confidence transposes into his work beautifully, and negates any doubts you might have about the potential in this scene. This has surely been a prolific year for the 80’s electronica comeback. The rapid influx of emerging artists and DJ’s can be overwhelming but it constantly changes the standards. What resulted is a once thought simple, outdated genre, has branched into a plethora of dynamic subgenres and styles that you can’t imagine until they’re right in front of your face.
Goldroom is like a musical interpretation of the dreamy sequences in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey mixed with the synth-pop vibe of 80’s disco. The solemn melodies in his song “Pacific” could have easily been placed in the score of any John Hughes film. He has a tendency to experiment with cosmic synth-heavy segments over walking funky bass-lines that are comparable to Ichisan, but with a Southern California touch. Unlike the more house oriented variety of retro-electronica exploding in LA right now, his beats carry a smoother tropical groove. Somehow Legg ventured beyond the limitations of island style disco and breached into a psychedelic plane. Rather than just diving into the science of intricate dance patterns and beat-making, he pieces together a world where you can simultaneously get lost in its perpetual rhythm and painted dreamscapes.
Recently, Legg has expressed multiple times his longing to go back to playing music on live instruments. Formation of the live band has been in the works since January last year. He was part of a Los Angeles synth-pop trio called Nightwaves before going solo, and his musical background is an important precursor to the immense potential of this upcoming live act. In this case, the music may have an even more powerful effect translated live than in the studio. Playing his songs live will leave more opportunity for improvisation, passionate peaks, and most importantly the musicians in their most raw state of creativity. The incorporation of traditional samples in his tracks like guitar licks, steel drums, and bass lines already present a live element with his style. By staying away from over using unnecessary samples and obnoxious beat patterns and mash-ups, his sound always remains smooth. Electronic methods of producing music (reason, ableton, logic, etc) open up a door to infinite sounds and possibilities, but that doesn’t mean that EDM has to be restricted to DJing. Goldroom believes in that ideal and is taking it further than anyone else, and because of this he’s an independent visionary.
As of now he possesses an impressive stage presence as a DJ. All the radio mixes he releases are both cosmically radiant and fun and clever. His closing set at Pacific Festival in Orange County was remarkable, not a single dull moment. The meticulous manner in which he orchestrates his music is a little exciting to be honest for this day in age. His tracks are engineered in a studio that would make James Murphy proud, writing all the music using drum machines, analog synthesizers, guitar, bass, and percussion himself. The digital productions are minimal and done on Logic, and he only uses Abletonlive to record the DJ mixes, not performances. In all it’s rare glory, “DJ” who makes music for the sake of music
With the experience and momentum that Goldroom is moving forward with we predict a tight, crisp live presentation of his compositions. Right in the beginning of relatively initial success as a DJ he’s onto the next move, hungry to expand. Collectively his originals(excluding remixes) don’t even make up an hour of music right now, so this could mean they’re composing songs exclusively for the band. More artists should take steps like this, not dropping the turntables, but taking risks and pushing the envelope. Too many up and comers are assimilating to rising trends in the electronic industry, due to an almost unanimous public demand for it in recent years. Fear not, hope for musical ingenuity in an era of seldom artistic progression is still alive ladies and gentlemen.
Goldroom will be debuting his full live band at Dim Mak Studios on February 26, 2013.
Posted on December 24, 2012, in Mixes/Tracks, Upcoming Events and tagged dim mak, disco, fader, goldroom, gotta dance dirty, ichisan, pacific festival, soundcloud, triple J, youtube. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.