END Q&A: Goldroom answers our questions!

September 7, 2016

Photo by Catie Laffoon | Courtesy of Interscope Records

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a huge fan of this 80s-inspired revival from bands like St. Lucia, The 1975, COIN and others like them.

The Discover & Download track from Goldroom (the moniker used by electronic musician Josh Legg) called "Lying To You" fits right in with that 80s crowd. Legg says he writes for "the 15-year-old version" of himself. 

LISTEN: "Lying To You" by Goldroom

We had a chance to ask a few questions of Goldroom this week to figure out just where his inspiration comes from and how Goldroom came to be.

END: Give us a little overview of your last few months. Have you been on the road? Recording? Writing?

GOLDROOM: I spent the spring finishing up my album which left me pretty drained on studio life. Most of the past few months have been spent playing a few festivals, but more importantly, DJing on my annual High Seas Boat tour. Every summer I go around the North America throwing parties on boats where I DJ. It's my favorite time of the year and a chance to really bring fans the full Goldroom experience! 

END: How long has the band been playing music and how did you first get started?

GOLDROOM: I've been writing and recording music with my acoustic guitar since my early teens, but Goldroom was the synthesis of a long period of getting into electronic music. I formed the band around me in 2013 and we've been touring pretty constantly since.

END: What projects do you have on the horizon?

GOLDROOM: My debut album, West Of The West, is out this September 23rd. It's taken the better part of three years to finish and I can't wait to show everyone what we've done. This October we're hitting the road with Autograf for a 30 date live tour all around North America. It's shaping up to be a pretty busy fall!

END: How do you approach playing live that can people expect from your shows?

GOLDROOM:  Mostly I want to showcase the range of what we do. We make dance music, and yes, it's a party, but it's very important to us to make the show dynamic. The hour we're on stage should tell a story. You'll hear us doing quiet acapella sections and we'll hopefully give you moments that make you want to jump into the sky. I write music as an escapist pursuit and I want our show to be an escape for anyone who's there. 

END: Have you ever played in Seattle/anywhere in the Northwest? Do you have any memories that stand out?

GOLDROOM: I've DJ'd and played live a handful of times in the Northwest. I'll never forget playing a sold out Halloween show in Vancouver in 2014. We came totally unprepared to dress up and meanwhile our crowd was wearing some of the gnarliest stuff I'd ever seen.

END: Tell us about your band name and how it came to be?

GOLDROOM: I was having trouble deciding what to call my solo project and so I went to one of my favorite dives in LA to weigh my options. A couple of hours later I walked out deciding to name myself after the bar, The Gold Room. Goldroom was born of tequila shots and Tecate. 

END: What do you hope people get out of your music?

GOLDROOM: I write music for the 15-year-old version of me. The kid who's dreaming of going somewhere nicer, somewhere warmer. Music was always an escape for me then, and I hope that the music I make now can be an escape for someone else. 

END: What bands (other than yourself) should people be listening to?

GOLDROOM: Classixx, RAC, Rufus Du Sol, The Knocks, Bob Moses 

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