DJ Gold’s advice on electro dreams

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JMU Journalism's Sarah Hancocks with Thomas Gold at Cream

JMU Journalism’s Sarah Hancocks with Thomas Gold at Cream

Liverpool has long been perceived as a hub for music lovers, producing some of the world’s biggest music influencers, but its lesser-known house and electro scene has attracted some major stars.

These include the likes of Carl Cox and Paul Oakenfold, who played sell out gigs at Liverpool’s Cream back in the 1990s. This week Berlin-born international DJ and producer Thomas Gold spoke to JMU Journalism about his experience of trying to break into the industry.

His advice to budding DJs was to “take your time in trying to find your very own signature sound. Your own little niche”.

“Try to be yourself don’t copy others use others as influences but if you want to stand out of the crowd you have to be yourself. Find your own unique thing for both producing and playing. Sometimes it may take a while but it’s worth it. It’s a lot of work,” he said.

Gold has taken the main stage at numerous music events such as Coachella, Creamfields, Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival in recent years as well as producing a number of big name collaborations with the likes of Fat Boy Slim and Swedish House Mafia.

He added: “At the end of the year I’ll be in Croatia and then I’m in the states after Christmas but before that I’m going to Panama, Brazil and then in January I have the whole month off for studio time so I’m super looking forward to that.

“I’m also meeting up with a singer called Harrison Shaw about a collaboration track who has previously worked with David Guetta and has just completed tracks with Hardwell and Steve Aoki.”

Gold performed at Liverpool’s Cream last Saturday, the event which has gone from a club night to a worldwide dance institution.

Gold said: “I had a great time in Ibiza this year where I played at clubs Amnesia, Cream, and Ushuaia. But I love Liverpool and Manchester. These two cities are crazy and whenever I come to Liverpool and play, it’s always a rave. I love it.”

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