Take the plunge with Goldroom on his new multi-faceted endeavor, ‘Plunge/Surface’ [Interview]

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Take the plunge with Goldroom on his new multi-faceted endeavor, ‘Plunge/Surface’ [Interview]Goldroom Press Pic

Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and producer Goldroom feels most at home on the water. He grew up sailing and has carried his love of the world’s oceans into his adulthood and his music career, crafting dreamy synth-pop tunes that are right at home with a balmy sea breeze to carry them from ear to ear. Josh Legg—known to the music world as Goldroom—has made a career of combining his passion for music with his love and respect for the water, and many fans know him best from his longstanding High Seas tours he’s been putting on for the past several years.

He put out his last record, West of the West, in the fall of 2016 and followed it up with a long bus tour with his band. In June 2017, he played a few Corona SunSets festivals, one of which was in Tulum, Mexico. Legg and the band had a day off and chose to spend it at the beach. The waters were mellow, and Legg decided to go bodysurfing.

“In a really surprising and unlucky way, I got tossed just
the wrong way and hit the top of my head on the sand,” Legg recalls. “I felt
the lightning bolts go through me, but I didn’t think I was that hurt.”

However, it became apparent over the next few hours that he
was more than just a little hurt. In fact, he’d broken his neck in two places.

“I lived in a hospital in Cancun for two weeks and then flew back to LA and lived in a hospital there for another few weeks,” Legg says. “Then I was pretty bedridden at home another month or so. Finally, I was able to begin working my way back.”

He remembers reading comments on social media saying “he’s done” and “he’s never coming back.”

“I felt a lot of personal pressure to get back out on the road,” he says.

But everything he did that autumn was “way too early.” Legg was managing his pain with painkillers, including an opiate called Tramadol, which doctors had told him to take daily for six months.

“Tramadol is pretty heavily abused by a lot of people and leads to bad things,” Legg says. “I was trying not to take it every day, and I didn’t. But even so, it led to a foggy year in my life.”

In a bit of an existential crisis wondering where the Goldroom project was going, Legg thought about the lengthy process he’d had preparing West of the West to make its way into the world. In his haze, he continued to write songs but wasn’t quite sure where things were going. The music to come out of this time period makes up what became the Plunge part of the upcoming LP.

“When I listen back to the songs that became Plunge, all I hear is haziness—but in a good way. It’s extremely representative of my 2017 and 2018, and I love that about this music. It’s just true to where my life was at.”

Around this time, Legg started to fall back in love with dance music. He’d always loved DJing, but the further he went with his Goldroom project, the less he’d found himself making club-friendly music.

“When I was finally able to start touring again and felt
healthy physically, I started to really fall in love with dance music in a new
way,” he remembers. “I think it coincided with a lot of disco and certain types
of house music that had kind of disappeared for a while and started to come
back.”

In his renewed excitement, he found himself thinking about the kind of music his idols sampled: slow, funky, and psychedelic. Then it clicked. He had made a record of just that for Plunge.

“Rather than sample other people, I thought I’d just sample
myself. And what slowly came about was the idea of sampling every single song
I’d made and making an alternative, French house version of it.”

These alternate versions would become Surface, the other side to the two-part LP.

Plunge sounds like my injury to me.

When I listen to Surface, I can hear myself getting healthy.”

Legg knew he was on to something, but he had to try his
concept out. Though he plays plenty of live shows with his band, he also loves
to DJ and thought he’d take a Surface
song out for a spin.

“The first one I tried was ‘Yellow Flowers,’ the sister song to the final single on the album, ‘Trust,’” he says. “Everyone was really excited about it, and that was the lightning moment. It became obvious that I could make [an alternate version] for all of them.”

Many of Plunge/Surfacetracks have debuted ahead of the LP’s full release on Nov. 1—like “I Can Feel It” and “Do You Feel It Now?” which are sister tracks and both feature singer Love, Alexa. While these two are fairly easy to see as related, Legg assures his fans that none of the versions of the songs on the LP are the “correct” iterations.

“As I was releasing these songs, I wanted people to have no idea what came first,” he says. “Neither is meant as a remix or original. They’re just each an individual song that is re-contextualized based on the other. Hopefully, you might even like both of the songs better because they both exist.”

West of the West was Legg’s first experience doing a slew of collaborations with other people. He prefers not to work through the internet bouncing stems and vocals back and forth, and would rather team up in the studio to work through the songwriting process. But for Plunge/Surface, Legg worked on many more tracks solo—and some of them sound much like they did the day he wrote them, like “Cocaine Girl,” which he says he wrote in four or five hours.

“I really wanted my sonic touch to be all over this record
because it’s a little weirder and a little darker… more human and messy,” he
says. “I wanted it to be that way.”

With the exception of new friend Love, Alexa, Goldroom chose to work with previous collaborators like Mereki, Chela, and Nikki Segal, whose voices you can hear on music from years ago, like “Only You Can Show Me,” “Fifteen,” and “California Rain,” respectively.

“Working with them felt like being at home, which was
something I really needed coming off my injury,” he says.

The key difference between West of the West and this new collection of songs is that it’s
“just much more Josh,” the producer says.

“It’s much more me… more raw and much more human. There’s a
lot more mistakes in the playing and in the singing. The vocal takes aren’t
perfected within an inch of their life. It’s purposefully messy because my
life’s been kind of messy.”

When asked how his life would be different if he hadn’t
broken his neck on that fateful day in 2017, Legg says it’s something he’s never
thought of before.

“I feel incredibly lucky that nothing worse happened,” he
says, after thinking for a minute. “A lot of people that break C6 and C7 [vertebrae
in the neck] end up paralyzed or they die. Realistically, I would’ve put music
out sooner, and I would’ve been playing live more often, but I have no idea
what the music would’ve sounded like.”

Even while he was injured, though, all he wanted to do was
get back out on the water.

“Even though it was the thing that bit me, I felt the need to get back there as soon as possible. It’s the place in the world where I feel like I get the most joy and bring the most joy. Because of my injury, I feel even stronger than ever that it’s my place in the world.”

Goldroom’s fall tour kicks off Oct. 30 in Portland. Find the full list of tour dates below, and keep an eye out for the debut of Plunge/Surfaceon Nov. 1.

Oct. 30 – Portland, OR at Holocene
Oct. 31 – Seattle, WA at The Crocodile
Nov. 1 – Vancouver, BC at Fortune Sound Club
Nov. 7 – Santa Barbara, CA at Soho Music Club
Nov. 8 – San Francisco, CA at Mezzanine
Nov. 9 – Los Angeles, CA at El Rey
Nov. 13 – Washington DC at Union Stage
Nov. 14 – Boston, MA at Sonia’s
Nov. 16 – Brooklyn, NY at Elsewhere

Photo credit: Jasmine Safaeian

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 111

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 111Deters Beat Lab@0.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here


Two powerhouse artists have come together for an innovative new collaboration, “Bruises.” NGHTMRE and Grabbitz have both had stellar 2019s so far, each with multiple well-received releases under their belts. “Bruises” seamlessly blends both of their styles for an irresistible electronic-alternative product.

The Knocks are unveiling remixes of their recent tunes to the world, and one of the latest of these is a sultry rework of “No Requests” by Steff Da Campo. The Dutch producer gives the lighthearted song a deeper, darker tone, backing its merry vocals with an ominous bassline. It’s groovy but bold in its reinvented soundscape.

The release date of Goldroom‘s Plunge / Surface LP draws nearer, as do the single releases that lead up to it. The latest is “Just Like a Dream,” a blissful, piano-laden piece that features longtime collaborator Nikki Segal on vocals. “Just Like a Dream” dreamily draws out the end of summer, shining bright rays into the early days of autumn.

Modernized disco is seeing a resurgence, popping up in festival sets and across streaming platforms from notable artists. The Disco Fries—as their name aptly implies—are helping lead the charge with fun bootlegs like this Janet Jackson one. “We put together this bootleg of Janet Jackson’s smash ‘All For You’ around the same time we did Mary J’s ‘Family Affair’ and it has crushed in our live sets,” Disco Fries said of the tune.

Scottish artists Last Island and Alex Martyn have clearly been having fun composing music together on their Island Life imprint. July saw the release of “Miles Away,” an effortlessly groovy and lighthearted collaboration, and now they’ve returned with “Romeo.” They call “Romeo” their “attempt at a disco track… not particularly disco,” but it still showcases that spirited soundscape they both seem to foster in their music.

NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein reveals new EP, JOYRYDE drops ‘Selecta 19’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein reveals new EP, JOYRYDE drops ‘Selecta 19’ + moreGesaffelstein Selecta 19

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Gesaffelstein surprised the world once again by announcing on Oct. 3 that a new six-track EP would be released the following day. Also making this NMF particularly fiery is a new tune from JOYRYDE, “SELECTA 19,” and Pryda’s new 13-track collection. deadmau5’s here’s the drop remix LP has finally arrived, including remixes from artists like Rinzen, and NGHTMRE and Grabbitz have joined forces to deliver the irresistibly catchy “Bruises.” Kaskade’s new Redux compilation has arrived, featuring songs like “Lose Control” with Brohug, and Zeds Dead have remixed Oliver Tree’s “Miracle Man.” Arty brings weekend bliss with his new single, “Daydreams,” and G Jones drops off a new single, “Dark Artifact.” Armin van Buuren and Matluck keep the upbeat days of summer moving with “Don’t Let Me Go,” and Golf Clap reveal their spicy remix of Destructo’s “Bassface.” The Glitch Mob link with LICK for the dramatic “System Bleed,” and Pegboard Nerds and NERVO come together for “Crying Shame.” Goldroom continues to reveal tunes from his forthcoming LP, including “Just Like A Dream,” and Party Pupils, Louis Futon, MAX, and TOBi deliver a mega-collab, “One Two Things.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Lunar Lunes: Luca Lush and Sadkey flip Flume, Bloodtone remixes deadmau5 and Kaskade + more

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Lunar Lunes: Luca Lush and Sadkey flip Flume, Bloodtone remixes deadmau5 and Kaskade + moreLuca Lush Mad Decent

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 107

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here


Goldroom is less than two months away from the arrival of his new LP, Plunge/Surface, and continues to share snippets of what fans can expect from the two-part album. The latest of these is “Running Wild” with former collaborator Nikki Segal. This relaxed piece ushers the autumn season in with ease.

RÜFÜS DU SOL blessed their fans with a new set of remixes for Solace on Sept. 6, sharing among them Gerd Janson‘s vocoder mix. The German producer brings a sparkling, bright new atmosphere to “Treat You Better,” putting a twist on the original’s vocals by incorporating a vocoder.

Fox Stevenson has been hard at work on his live show, a documentary, and his debut album, so it’s crazy to see the amount of material he’s been releasing. The latest in a string of releases is “Dreamland,” a vocal-powered drum ‘n’ bass-but-otherwise-hard-to-define song. He calls it “maybe [his] favourite song [he’s] ever made,” and it’s easy to see why.

deadmau5 and Kaskade‘s iconic “I Remember” is chillingly haunting in its original format, so when BLOODTONE got his hands on it, he somehow found a way to make it even more so. He’s given it what he calls “a dark warehouse feel” and plunged it to the depths of the shadows in a thrilling way.

The opening notes of RL Grime‘s “Core” are undeniably some of the most recognizable in today’s EDM scene. The 2014 tune has received a frantic drum ‘n’ bass facelift from Flite, and it’s nearly three minutes of pure energy. It’ll make your head spin—but in the best possible way.

NMF Roundup: Kygo puts spin on Whitney Houston’s ‘Higher Love’ vocals, Wave Racer returns + more

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NMF Roundup: Kygo puts spin on Whitney Houston’s ‘Higher Love’ vocals, Wave Racer returns + moreKygo Cannes Photo Johanneslovund 2892

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Kygo kicks off this week’s NMF with a dancefloor-ready posthumous Whitney Houston collaboration, “Higher Love,” and Wave Racer returns after more than two years with “Auto.” RL Grimes comes in swinging with an edit of G Jones’ “In Your Head,” and Habstrakt brings his forceful brand of house music to Gud Vibrations with “De La Street.” Chris Lake and Lee Foss team up for “Lies, Deception, and Fantasy,” and Diplo releases a set of remixes for Higher Ground, including a rework by Solardo. Claude VonStroke joins forces with ZDS and KE for “Comments,” and Malaa takes things up a notch with a feisty remix of DJ Snake’s “Savage.” Madeaux links with Dances With White Girls for “Club Demons,” and “Worlds Collide” on Nervo’s latest. Goldroom continues a slew of releases with “I Can Feel It” with Love, Alexa. ShockOne and The Bloody Beetroots take to Monstercat for their new single, “Run,” and Laidback Luke and Mark Bale dance into the weekend with “Party Starter.” Klingande and Stevie Appleton craft an easygoing single in “Sinner,” and Moguai remixes Oliver Heldens’ “Summer Lover.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 91

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 91Deters Beat Lab@0.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here.


Varien calls his latest single his “favorite track [he’s] made in years.” He’s tapped Strix as the vocalist on the metal-tinged song called “Hush The Storm Away.” Like all Varien music, it’s a beautifully pieced together composition, packed with dramatic percussion, soaring strings, and powerful breakdowns. Given the sheer complexity of his songwriting, I find something new every time I listen to “Hush The Storm Away.” I love it.

In their latest endeavor, T & Sugah have again taken to Liquicity, this time to release the title track for the Descenders video game. This breathtaking track has been two years in the making, according to the Dutch duo, and it’s well worth the wait. They bring their precise sound design and a healthy dose of bass to “Descenders,” thrilling drum ‘n’ bass lovers of all persuasions.

Polish producer Guy Arthur has taken on a classic: Nero‘s “Crush on You,” which skyrocketed to electronic music fame after its release in 2011. It’s been remixed countless times in the eight years since, perhaps most notably by Knife Party in the same year. Guy Arthur’s given his version an upbeat, retro feel, which is appropriate, since Nero sampled a 1985 Jets song to create their initial revival.

Goldroom classifies his latest single, “U,” as “some disco house for a late night on the beach”—and it’s perfect for just that. Following “Do You Feel It Now?” at the end of April, the LA-based producer has this time joined forces with Chela to kick the tempo up a notch. This simmering dance floor heater is primed for both relaxing in the sun and a late-night nightclub, making it the perfect song to ease fans into the summer months.

It’s Com Truise Persuasion System release day! The nine-track “mini-LP” made its full debut on Ghostly International on May 17, showcasing the synthwave producer at his finest. A shining example of this is “Ultrafiche of You,” a glowing five-minute piece that combines varied percussion and twinkling synth melodies. “It’s a love song, and I don’t write many of those,” the producer told Mixmag.

Lunar Lunes: A-Trak wows on ‘Work It Out,’ RAC reveals mix of Oliver Tree’s ‘Hurt’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: A-Trak wows on ‘Work It Out,’ RAC reveals mix of Oliver Tree’s ‘Hurt’ + moreA TRAK NWM 11.1

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

A-Trak kicks off the week with a wow-worthy new original, “Work It Out,” and iLan Bluestone and Maor Levi tap EL Waves for “The Distance.” Diplo dons his cowboy hat for an upbeat remix of Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road,” and RAC takes on one of his favorite new artists, Oliver Tree, in an alternative-inspired mix of “Hurt.” Afrojack and Jewelz & Sparks bring along Emmalyn for “Switch,” and Flosstradamus puts an intense spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg‘s “REDLIGHT.” Moon Boots delivers his first offerings of 2019 in the form of the Keramas / Harpanet EP, and Klingande and Joe Killington prove put the spotlight on a bright harmonica theme in “Ready for Love.” Goldroom continues to deliver a slew of originals in 2019, this time teaming up with Love, Alexa for “Do You Feel It Now?,” and Nero travel back to the ’80s in “The Ballad of Synths.” Party Favor links with everyone’s favorite dancer, Salvatore Ganacci, on the flaming-hot “Wasabi,” and 1788-L flexes his talents on his new EP, S Y N T H E T I K. Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Patrick Stump form a talented trio on “Summer Days,” and Koven tug at the heartstrings on “Love Wins Again.” Lucas & Steve reveal the Ultra Live Anthem of 2019, “Inception,” and Hotel Garuda keeps the groove going on “Head In The Trees.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 85

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 85Deters Beat Lab@0.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here.


Metrik has returned with his first single since September’s “Dawnbreaker” on Hospital Records. Haunting vocals rise gradually in “Hackers,” building to the racing drop. This slightly frantic-feeling four-minute journey has an almost post-apocalyptic dystopian feel to it, which makes sense more as the artist explains the background behind the tune. “I made this track to be a techy dancefloor piece exploring my Y2K cyberpunk influences,” Metrik says of the release.

Just weeks after the release of his first release in many months, “Cocaine Girl,” Goldroom has delivered yet another single, titled “Yellow Flowers.” He teams up with vocalist Mereki for the spirited tune, noting its importance to him in his production process. “This song is special to me because writing it broke me through a barrier and brought me back to my first love in dance music – French house,” Goldroom said in a tweet. “Yellow Flowers” is a sun-drenched ray of sunshine, perfect to usher dance music fans into the year’s warmer months. Mereki’s vocals complement Goldroom’s production perfectly, coming together for a groovy French house number that’s guaranteed to stay with the listener long after the beat has faded out.

It’s been 25 years since Kurt Cobain‘s death, and artists across the musical spectrum have taken time this week to honor the late great Nirvana singer. One such artist is Grabbitz, who’s released a “revival” of “All Apologies,”one of his favorites. “My childhood contained a lot of sounds, but one that will never escape me is the sound of Nirvana,” he said in his accompanying music video‘s description. “From the earliest I can remember, they’ve changed the way I look at and create music.” Grabbitz’s re-imagining of the 1993 song is raw and and emotion-soaked, with his passionate vocals soaring over the instrumentals.

Chicago native Summer Was Fun has created an homage to one of the Windy City’s most recognizable streets, Lake Shore Drive. While many of the songs under his Summer Was Fun moniker are more subdued, Summer Was Fun uses inspiration drawn from his city to explore elements of trance and future bass. Cascading melodies fall both gracefully and furiously at different drops of the tune, as the producer weaves between styles and focal points. The tune ends as it begins: with a simple, graceful piano melody.

Mr FijiWiji and Matt Van‘s new Monstercat single is the perfect note to end on. The two artists have categorized the song as “chillout,” and the description is an accurate one. With a focus on Van’s captivating harmonies to Mr FijiWiji’s top-notch production, “Enough” paints a serene soundscape of lush instrumentals and wistful vocals. These longtime collaborators have consistently made magic together over the years, from “Tomorrow” to “Andromeda” to their joint Ed Sheeran cover.

NMF Roundup: Medasin and Felly team up, 1788-L and Deathpact deliver ‘M A L F U N K T’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Medasin and Felly team up, 1788-L and Deathpact deliver ‘M A L F U N K T’ + moreMedasin Felly

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

A-Trak kicks off this week’s new music offerings with a groovy remix of Showtek‘s “Listen To Your Momma.” Medasin delivers his second release of the year, “At Fault,” with Felly, and 1788-L and Deathpact make a powerful team on “M A L F U N K T.” Claude VonStroke summons warm weather with “Getting Hot,” and Calvin Harris releases a 2019 edit of “I’m Not Alone.” Shadient‘s Divide EP makes its debut on Gud Vibrations with tracks like “Cyclone,” and Goldroom follows “Cocaine Girl” with “Yellow Flowers.” Cheat Codes and Kaskade craft a bouncing new single, “Be The One,” and Jai Wolf‘s The Cure to Loneliness LP has finally arrived with tracks like “Drowning” with Robokid. GRiZ‘s album has also arrived, delivering a barrage of good vibes with tracks like “Cruise Control,” and Alison Wonderland drops off her latest single, “Peace.” Destructo and Gerry Gonza keep the dance floor moving with “Rubber Band,” and Bassnectar unveils his latest compilation, complete with tracks like “Irresistible Force.” Varien melds genres with his latest, “Born of Blood, Risen From Ash,” and Conro dances into the weekend with “Remember You” on Monstercat.

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.