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.
Today’s Good Morning Mix requires your full and undivided attention. Trance pioneer Markus Schulz has graciously uploaded an outrageous two-hour segment of his twelve-hour marathon set from New Year’s Eve at Avalon in Los Angeles. He dubs this section the “rabbit hole” — and as you make it through the tracklist, you’ll see why.
Be prepared to hear everything from dark, minimal techno from Dubfire to tasteful progressive house from Thomas Gold to a classic house anthem from Mark Knight & Funkagenda. More bewildering tracks include a legendary Deadmau5 original, a thumping Sander van Doorn remix, and plenty of Markus Schulz big-room reconstructions. No matter your taste, there’s a track in this mix for you. Brace yourselves for the rabbit hole. (more…)
Thomas Gold hangs out with Mixmag via Google Hangout while in Boston in the midst his Fanfare North America Tour. Thomas walks us through the production of his OneRepublic “Feel Again” remix, giving us an in depth analysis of the track’s ins and outs. He touches upon recent dance music news, including Tommie Sunshine’s “The Great EDM Debate” piece, where he sounds off neutrally. Find out what else Gold has to offer before he brings his mega-tour to a close this month, and watch the full interview courtesy of Mixmag.
Alesso surprised listeners by gifting fans a free download of his NYE Radio 1 mini mix last night. The 16-minute mix kicks off with Alesso’s “Clash” before moving into some massive outputs from 2012 including “Kangaroo,” “Reload,” and “Sweet Nothing“. The Swedish producer brings listeners some of his biggest productions from the year as well as productions from the likes of Thomas Gold,Tommy Trash, and mentor Sebastian Ingrosso.
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.
2012 has been an exciting year for dance music, the scene has grown beyond any of our comprehensions, supplanting itself in popular culture, fueling the soundtrack of commercials, sitcoms, and even a Disney movie, and shaking the foundation popular culture by establishing a new wave of music consumer. At the forefront of everything have been the artists, the true pioneers of the electronic dance music wave. With a scene as large and expansive as EDM, it was hard to honor only 50 – for every David Guetta or Calvin Harris there are droves of aspiring bedroom producers all doing their fair share of pushing the movement — simply by creating and sharing their art. With the EDM explosion officially in full swing in 2012, we saw countless new artists emerge, seasoned producers experiment with new sounds, and massive collaborations form that made crowning the “best” artist a nearly impossible task.
We have run through the Biggest Tracks of 2012 and now we are ready to unveil our picks for the most influential artists of the year. We’ve already covered 50-41 and 40-31, and today we bring you our picks for 30-21. Hop past the break to see who made the cut.
Another highly anticipated production from the studio of Thomas Gold has finally seen the light of day. Following his bonafide anthem “Sing 2 Me,” the German bootleg master presents yet another golden gem in “MIAO.” Wasting no time, the track is introduced with layers of gritty synths and rumbling bass. Relentless through and through, the pounding beat eventually gives relief to an alluring melodic hook. The light piano spell gives anticipation to the return of the bulky, merciless beat which once again serves blow after blow. “MIAO” has been released on Beatport from an unexpected outlet, Calvin Harris’ Fly Eye Records.
It was the mix that put him on the map. In 2011, Thomas Gold played at Escape from Wonderland in San Bernardino, California and took over Steve Angello’s Size Matters stage in front of an audience of 20,000 Halloween ravers. The rest was history. His two-hour set went viral as the year’s most popular public outing, and Gold instantly went on to become known as a bootleg master. With a set list too long and complex to even follow, he set the bar high for DJs in 2011 and 2012 with the Gold standard. Thomas would go on to be featured on Pete Tong’s Essential Mix, but nothing compares to his monumental set from San Bernardino. Take a listen to Thomas Gold live from Escape from Wonderland 2011 and find the tracklist below the break.
Our 2012 Essential Mix of the Year winner, Thomas Gold, is bringing his Fanfare World tour to Roseland Ballroom on January 26th for what promises to be the perfect antidote to your winter blues. For our readers in New York City, this is one show you are not going to want to miss.
Every Saturday night at 1am in the UK, Pete Tong allows an artist of his choosing to take over the Radio 1 airwaves for two full hours. The Essential Mixis legendary and for many of these DJs and producers, the pressure feels immense. A stellar mix can shoot you to recognition, solidify a career, or facilitate a comeback. Although with the generous input of fans, Pete Tong does eventually crown an Essential Mix of the year himself (last year: Above & Beyond), we also put our heads together to decide on the ten mixes from 2012 that made us listen again, and again, and again.