LessThan3: Has Adele heard your remix of Set Fire To The Rain?
Thomas: She had to approve it; I talked to her myself during the process. When I delivered the final mix to her managers, they told me we would have to wait for her to give her approval, which took a little over a week.
LessThan3: You’re playing at Provocateur tonight and, because of the venue, your manager said your set will be a little different than usual. How will it be different?
Thomas: It’s a small club, and it’s more bottle-service, VIP, model-oriented, so they have a special kind of crowd. People who come are not all “real” clubbers, so it’s a little bit of work, but people are into the music so they want to have fun. The key is developing the vibe over the night.
LessThan3: Your last Goldcast was more tech-oriented, but you’re obviously known for your big room hits as well. What sound do you prefer to play more?
Thomas: I like energetic techy stuff, but I love the big room sound as well–the big chord progressions, pads, drums, all of it. It depends on where I play and what crowd I play to. I try to put as much different stuff into my set as possible. Sometimes I am limited on time, like when I play an hour, so I have to focus on the priority tracks, but when I get to play two or more hours, I can do more with the set. I was playing the techy stuff and tracks that evolve more slowly toward the end of my set at Guvernment in Toronto last week.
LessThan3: Have you had any other DJ aliases? Is your current name an alias?
Thomas: Thomas is my real name, but Gold isn’t. I chose it because I thought it fit well and was easy to spell. I haven’t worked under any other names in a long time.
LessThan3: What do you do if your equipment fails on stage?
Thomas: My equipment is my USB stick, which never fails. One time there was a power failure when I was playing in Tallahassee, Florida, but I just waited, had a drink, and they fixed it in like three minutes. I don’t get too nervous because people know that this can happen. Last week one of the CDJs I was using wasn’t connected in the right way so it ended up shutting down while it was playing my track, and that was the one that held the USB, so I had to switch the USB stick to the other deck and start over. It was no big deal to the crowd, though. People usually cheer when incidents like that happen.
LessThan3: How would you describe Beatport’s role in the world of EDM? How important do you think it is for an artist to have their tracks released on there?
Thomas: For me, Beatport is the most important online music store; when I look for a track, I go to Beatport first. Within the scene, it’s an important tool because it is now easy to access and the organization is better. Even if there is a lot of stuff coming out every week, you can always tailor the info that you get from specific labels and artists and such.
LessThan3: What kind of new projects are you working on right now?
I just released a track with Dirty South
and Kate Elsworth
—Eyes Wide Open
—which cracked the Beatport Top 10. I’m also going to release my own track, Sing to Me
, in a few weeks on Axtone
. There will be a lot of great tracks and remixes coming this year from me.
LessThan3: What DJ/producer do you think is the “next big thing?”
. I play a lot of his stuff in my radio shows and sets. He’s very melodic and has big sounds with a punchy low end. I also like Matisse & Sadko
a lot. There are a lot of new guys sending me demos all the time, and 90-95% really just need that final tweaking and mastering, and if those guys keep working at it I think we will see their names pop up very soon. Fourteen year-old guys are sending me stuff that is blowing my mind!
LessThan3: How do you think artists can use modern technology to create a new experience in the live setting?
Thomas: I’ve never tried to add special gear like a keyboard outside of CDJs, but for me personally it’s all about focusing on the tracks I want to say and giving people a good time. It’s not about showing off yourself for me–it’s about creating an experience with my music. I love to see how other people do it, though.
LessThan3: What part of the world you would like to travel to for musical inspiration?
Thomas: I do so much traveling with touring that sometimes I don’t even have time to reflect on all the places I’ve been. I will be in Australia next week, and then going to Asia right after that. Alaska would be cool to visit, as well as Goa in India.
LessThan3: Are you a trance fan?
Thomas: I love trance music—they use the same big melody approach that I like to use. That’s where I come from. Now trance has slowed down a bit and house has sped up a bit, so sometimes I put trance elements in my tracks. Tiesto is playing my stuff, and I’m playing Tiesto’s stuff, and five years ago we would have been different worlds, but now it all fits together. People are not separating into genres anymore; they just see the music for itself—a nice melody, a nice track, and that’s what it’s all about. It’s not about dividing it in a way where you’re like “I’m in this genre so I can’t like music from this genre.”
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
The live version of Someone Like You
by Adele. That’s the last song I’d ever want to hear.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Thomas: Energetic, Uplifting.