Interview: Goldroom

April 7th, 2012

We spent the whole week painting our car in gold, to get ready for Goldroom’s, aka Josh Legg, first DJ sets in Greece. Last year, we were impressed with his self-released excellent debut EP “Angeles” and we kept featuring most of his amazing remixes for artists such as Penguin Prison, Poolside, Niki & The Dove, Lancelot and Alpine. He quickly become one of our favorite producers.
Everytime we listen to his tunes it’s like being in LA, driving down the highway under the California sun, heading to the ocean, where he feels at home. That’s why his music is all about tropical disco grooves.
Before his upcoming two shows in Thessaloniki (7/4) at COO bar, as a special guest of the very popular Can You Relate? parties and in Athens (8/4) at Philipp Champagne Bar, Goldroom stopped by our station and talked to us about things made of gold. Be sure to check his latest mixtape “Aviva”, which includes two new tracks “Sneakers” and “Heart Takes Me”. Let the sunshine in…

La.Ga.Sta.: What’s the story behind your name?

Goldroom: In a very literal sense, it happens to be my favorite dive in LA. It’s this tiny bar in Echo Park that serves its Tecates with a shot of tequila, and has dollar tacos from time to time. When I think about Goldroom though, it became much more when I started to think about LA and the whole Southwestern USA as one giant golden room though, that’s when I started to think about adopting the name.

What made you decide to turn to music in the first place?

Well, music has always been something that’s been a constant companion for me. It’s always been my escape and my complete creative outlet. If your question is asking about when and why I decided to actually dive into music full time… I really just grew tired of the idea that it was irresponsible to try and be an artist, which I was always told was the case. Eventually, I couldn’t fight it anymore.

Which are your favorite five tracks at the moment?

I can never answer this type of question! Here are the last five songs I played in my iTunes.

St. Lucia – All Eyes On You
Kendrick Lamar – The Recipe
Stevie Wonder – I Believe
Only Children – Down Fever
The Police – Wrapped Around Your Finger

Which is your favorite destination?

Anywhere near the water. I’ve always been a wanderer, being on the move, on the road. I grew up on boats though, and I think when I get near the ocean I feel at home.

When was your first night at discotheque?

I probably went to my first bar or club when I was 18 or 19 actually. My friends and I were always much more likely to get a handle of rum and a 30 pack of Keystone light and go to the beach at night.

Three things you do when you wake up in LA?

I spend most of my time in the studio, so that gets number 1 and number 2. My escape from music usually comes in the form of Wednesday sailing races I do in Long Beach with some friends from college.

What excites you in today’s LA music scene?

For years there were always fans of different, interesting, melodic electronic music, but few promoters or booking agents were jumping into it. We had to book acts like the Bag Raiders, or Miami Horror, or The Twelves ourselves, because nobody else would. What’s amazing now is that there are some promoters that believe in this music, and a few agents that are really cultivating our scene. If you come to LA, you can hear great disco or house music any night of the week. It’s great.

Which is the ideal place to listen to your music?

Lying in bed, with headphones on. Eyes closed.

What is “gold” for you?

The feeling when I finish a song, put it on my iPod, get into my car, and listen to it for the first time.

Check out Goldroom’s latest mixtape, called “Aviva”, for all travelers. It’s pure gold. In his own words: “It’s a bit of a two part journey. Put some headphones on or jump in your car and let this take you somewhere a bit warmer.” Let’s drive…

1. Goldroom – Sneakers
2. Nathan Swiss – Heart (Moonchild Remix)
3. Alpine – Hands (Goldroom Remix)
4. Cadillac – Blue Skies (Ray Mang Remix)
5. Blackjoy – Mercurian (Jupiter Remix)
6. Goldroom – Angeles (Le Youth Remix)
7. Plastic Plates – Toys
8. Alexander Holland – City Full Of Lights (Gigamesh Remix)
9. Chris Malinchak – At Night
10. Madi Diaz – Trust Fall (Jensen Sportag Remix)
11. Mario Basanov – Lonely Days (Plate Dub)
12. Matt Corby – Brother (Lancelot Remix)
13. Edwin Van Cleef – Falling
14. Goldroom – Heart Takes Me
15. Cherokee – Take Care Of You (Le Nonsense Marine Remix)
16. Hemingway – City Lights
17. Housse De Racket – Chateau (Mickey Remix)
18. Michael Cassette – Summer
19. Pinemarten – Here It Is

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