During the summer of 2011, Thomas Gold opened for Steve Angello at New York City’s Size Matters on Governors Island. It would be a monumental evening for Gold — an evening that marked his ascension to NYC superstardom. Since that warm August night, Thomas’s career has taken off and his fan base in the Big Apple has grown exponentially. After playing Cosmic Opera with Axwell, ringing in the inaugural EDC NY, and returning to Governors Island to headline a show of his own, the German maestro brought his New York dominance to new heights with a sold out Roseland Ballroom affair.
Historically, Roseland Ballroom has hosted the biggest names in dance music — a long list of DJs we can refer to as the top tier. Wrapping up his Fanfare World Tour, Thomas’ grand finale was more than a show — it was a celebration.
Earlier in the night, Gold humbly acknowledged his status in the tri-state area and even attributed his 2011 Size Matters outing as the catalyst. The crowd was noticeably warm and in full force by 11:30pm and Feenixpawl were only mid-set. Nari & Milani took the decks next to tease the rambunctious New Yorkers, and all bets were off when they dropped their “Silhouettes” remix. If the energy was this high so early in the night, the thought of how the packed-house would react to the headlining act was impossible to predict.
Thomas took the stage at 1:30am with his contagious smile and liveliness, equally as excited to reunite with his New York fan base as they were to see him. Following a quick introduction and a theatrical opening with “Miao,” the celebration was in full effect; Roseland had become Goldland within minutes. Thomas went to work, pulling out bootlegs of Fedde Le Grand’s “Raw” with RHCP’s “Otherside” and R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” with Tiesto’s “Lethal Industry” early in his set.
Thomas Gold – Miao (Original Mix)
Reminding us that these were more than just bootlegs –they were Goldlegs — the DJ went into his mix between Calvin Harris’ “Sweet Nothing” and Dirty South’s”Rift,” dropped the uplifting “Committed to Sparkle Motion” on its own and, with the crowd in a melodic mood, went to his mashup of “Alive” and “I Could Be The One.” Where most DJs fail to execute, Thomas mastered a balanced vibe between hard-hitting beats and euphoric vocals that went uncontested.
Discopolis – Committed to Sparkle Motion (DubVision Remix)
Taking Roseland Ballroom to the next level, Gold had thousands singing along to “Wonderwall” and, moments later, stomping feet to Deniz Koyu’s “Bong.” By now, Fanfare was appealing to all of the human senses; not just ears, but eyes too. Inflatable trumpets and oversized beach balls floated in the air as costumed dancers performed on stage. He was conducting more than his CDJs, but a three-ring spectacle in the vein of Barnum and Bailey.
More Goldlegs would commence; “Leave The World Behind” vocals played atop Bingo Players’ “Out Of My Mind” while “You’ve Got The Love” juxtaposed Dada Life’s “Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker” to meet the crowd’s unmatched hysteria. Now, women in stilts pranced in front of the stage and Gold was preparing to bring his two-and-a-half hour set to a close. His renowned “Sing 2 Me” with “Alright” bootleg blasted through crowd simultaneously with smoke and confetti.
His personal drum line spawned the stage and thumped to the beat of “Fanfare” as the clouds of confetti and smoke continued to pour throughout the arena. Gold dropped his remix of Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain” and hopped on top of his booth, dancing and commanding his crowd with the same contagious smile that had been plastered to his face since he had begun. The faithful New Yorkers were, once again, stunned.
Thomas Gold – Fanfare (Original Mix)
The once-upon-a-time Size Matters party may have been the been the fuse that ignited Gold’s popularity in New York City, but it’s nights like these that pay testament to the growth of a loyal legion. He outdoes himself show after show, and his Roseland Ballroom sell out was no exception. Thomas has a relationship with the Empire State that DJs dream of and although he has hit the peak of New York venues, that relationship will only grow. This begs the question — what comes next for the Saga of Thomas Gold and NYC?