As it approached midnight, I stood in the enormous line for the ladies’ room at Ruby Skye. Girls chattered about their hurting feet, how to get behind the red velvet rope for VIP, and of course when Thomas Gold would be taking the stage. Suddenly the line went silent for a split-second, and squeals of excitement began to echo as Thomas Gold’s first selections burst through the speakers.
The German producer has always dazzled us with his ability to craft big-room progressive house productions and Ruby Skye was ready for just this past Saturday night. The packed house went wild as Gold took the stage in his typical dynamic form and the energy lasted throughout his two-hour set.
Ellie Goulding’s soft whispering vocals blared through the speakers of Ruby Skye, while the crowd swayed back and forth to the sing-along track. Soaring synths took over midway through and the sways quickly turn to jumps for Gold’s mashup of 2010 productions.
Otto Knows/Coldplay/OneRepublic – Million Voices vs. Fix You vs. Apologize (Thomas Gold Mashup)
Adding more poppy remixes to the first hour of the his set Gold worked in “Don’t You Worry Child,” “Sweet Nothing,” and fan favorite, his “Million Voices” mashup. The Berlin-based producer amps up the power of the original tracks, adding his pop-infused house production skills to create a mashup of which the crowd clearly couldn’t get enough.
Funkagenda – What the Fuck
It wasn’t until Gold worked “What the Fuck,” that the crowd really went nuts. Wheter it was the bubbling bassline or the joy of yelling “What the Fuck” in a club, the dance floor went off for the simple and powerful banger.
Thomas Gold & Temper Trap – Agora vs. Sweet Disposition (Thomas Gold Mashup)
From there Gold continued with harder hitting progressive productions, mixing in his mashup of Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” with his original production “Agora.” The track, first heard and only recorded on BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix back in November, left the Bay Area crowd positively humming.
Miao – Thomas Gold (Original Mix)
The second hour of his set turned from poppy to harder hitting house, so of course Gold had to add his latest creation to mix. The recent Christmas Day release “Miao” electrified the crowd with its plunging synths and quick-hitting kick drums before the soon-to-be-infamous “woo!” echoed throughout the club.
Giving listeners both pop-centric productions as well as hard-hitting technically-driven outputs Gold played a well-rounded big room set for his adoring San Francisco crowd. Next up Gold heads down to Mexico for the BPM Festival before continuing his Fanfare world tour, making stops on the East Coast and Brazil.