Interview with DJ & Music Producer "Goldroom"
DJ & Music Producer
Born from the simplicity of emotive choruses and lush electronic ornaments, Goldroom has transformed into a fascinating tale of modern music culture; a nostalgic romance of tropical textures and soulful rhythms. As an established remixer in his own right, Goldroom has gone on to work with such buzz-worthy acts as Niki & The Dove, Atlas Genius, Alpine, Poolside, and Gigamesh. Be on the lookout for even more from the LA based producer and songwriter, both on the road and in the studio. With a full length album already in the works, you can rest assured that this remarkable tale will find you on a steady hunt for the dance floor.
Genius, Alpine, Poolside, and Gigamesh. Be on the lookout for even more from the Los Angelesbased music producer and songwriter, both on the road and in the studio. With a full length album already in the works, you can rest assured that this remarkable tale will find you on a steady hunt for the dance floor.
Daily News: What does a typical day look like for you?
Josh: When I'm not on tour, playing shows as a DJ or with my live band, I'm in the studio writing and recording new songs. I generally get to the studio by 11, preceded by catching up on emails and getting all of the busy work out of the way so I can be in the most creative place possible. Some days I work alone, but many days are full of meeting new songwriters or singers that come to my studio for what we call co-write sessions. We sit across from each other and over the course of 6-12 hours, we write and record a song from start to finish!
Daily News: What projects have you recently been working on?
Josh: I just wrapped up recording of my next EP, which is a bit special because I'm getting to do something pretty ambitious with the music videos that I normally wouldn't get to do. It actually precipitated the entire EP happening.
Mostly I've been writing and recording songs for my album, which I'll be finishing up in the coming months.
Daily News: What do you find most challenging and exciting about your career(s)?
Josh: Being an artist, the unknown of every day. You have to start from scratch everytime you make something new. It doesn't matter if you've written good songs in the past, or if you are well known, young or old. When you sit down to make something new the slate is totally clean. I find that to be very liberating and it makes every day exciting.
Daily News: Where does your passion derive from? Who are some of your influencers?
Josh: I think I'm always searching for the types of feelings you have as a teenager, when everything in the world feels so pure and amplified. As you get older you learn that life is in shades of grey, but for me I'm always in pursuit of the heartbreak, love, aching, and euphoria that came with discovering the world for the first time. I make music for that kid. I make music for the 15 year old version of myself.
Daily News: Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?
Josh: I'd love to work on a film with Richard Linklater.
Daily News: What do you consider your greatest achievement (to date)?
Josh: Having the chance to tour the world a few times. Getting to play my own music for people on the other side of the world, most of whom don't even speak my language, is very humbling and inspiring.
Daily News: What is your most treasured possession?
Josh: Probably my Martin acoustic guitar. I've written so many songs on it that I couldn't even venture to guess how many. Its basically my best friend.
Daily News: If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
Josh: I would be sailing. I ran a sailing school in Massachusetts for a few summers, so I'd probably get back into working with kids and teaching them how to sail.
Daily News: Do you have any upcoming projects in the pipeline?
Josh: I'm putting together a very special tour this summer that focusses on playing shows in places that people might prefer to see me play.... Not going to say any more about it just yet!
Daily News: Where is your favorite place to travel and why?
Josh: I've gotten to travel a lot for Goldroom, but I always come back to bareboat chartering in the Carribean as sort of my peak vacation. For me, there is no better vacation than escaping the world on a boat and exploring some of the most beautiful waters in the world.
Daily News: Where is your favorite place to play music?
Josh: At home, alone, with my eyes closed and some great headphones on.
Daily News: Where would you most like to live?
Josh: I'm here! Right here in LA.
Daily News: How do you spend your downtime?
Josh: Get me to the ocean and I'm happy. Out sailing with my buddies every Wednesday night in Long Beach, or just lying on a beach listening to the waves, I'll be content.
Daily News: If you could spend a day with any person (living or dead), who would it be and why?
Josh: I have an endless fascination with Kanye West. He's sort of ascended to a different level as an artist, where he absolutely believes anything is possible on a day to day basis. I'd love to try and get a bit of that to rub off on me!
Daily News: If you to go back and live in any era, what would it be?
Josh: Can I go forward in time? Very interested in doing that! If I was going back, I think I'd love to see what life was like in the late 1970s. So much of my favorite music was being created then.
Daily News: Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Josh: Even in art, success isn't supposed to come quickly. Nine times out of ten, even when it does come quickly, you'll find that the artist has put in years of hard work honing their craft. Making art requires a lot of effort and years of practice to get to a place where you can create from a truly authentic place. If you think you can take shortcuts, you're bound to fail.