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I met Goldroom (aka Josh Legg) back in the beginning of 2013. I was fresh out of college and interning for his then management company, Josh was getting ready to release his single “Only You Can Show Me” and about to go on a small DJ tour. Fast forward two and a half years, we’re sitting on two fold out chairs in FYF’s media tent. Josh is just a couple hours away from performing one of the biggest shows of his career so far in the city that he calls home. “I really love the lineup, it’s funny that people are complaining about it, saying it’s not punk enough. To me it’s perfect.” The acts performing this year have faced scrutiny, many saying that FYF has been distancing itself from its local rock roots. “I love all these different genres, it’s great that they book my favorite folk artist and my favorite rapper and like 80’s chillwave artist.” Legg’s roots are planted deep in Los Angeles, he even named himself Goldroom after a bar in Echo Park, which is famous for its drink special. “I get a Tacate and a shot of tequila. It’s five dollars now, but I’m old enough to remember when it used to be three dollars.”

Watching the hundreds of 20-somthings sing along to him and his new six-piece backing band, it’s hard to imagine that just a short while ago music like this was hard to come by in LA. “You know, for years when I was running Binary, we were trying to push this synthy/songwriting sort of band sound and we were trying to play out. But I wasn’t friends with anyone at Dim Mak, I couldn’t get our band playing at Cinespia, so we were trying to throw our own shows at the Echoplex. The sound guys would look at us and be like “What the fuck are those synthesizers. Your can’t have keyboards on stage that’s not cool. You have a laptop?” They just did not get it.”


This was pre-Goldroom. Before parties like Private Label or festivals like CRSSD made it easier for indie-dance acts to get booked. “Everything changed when people like Ian McPherson and other promoters started to think that the kind of music we were making was cool, and they stared to book us. I developed friendships with all these really rad people and we were all making the same type of music. Bag raiders, Miami Horror, Plastic Plates and Le Youth are now in LA all of a sudden there’s this community. To be honest those are the people that influence and inspire me the most.”

Legg is hoping that a full length Goldroom album come to fruition in 2016. As I watch the crowd sway back and forth to both songs old and new, I have a feeling that whatever Legg decides to put out it’s going to be good.


Bonus Questions
Favorite Taco in LA: Depends on the taco, if i’m getting a plain carne asada it’s Arizas right next to Lassens in Echo Park. Taco Zone is my favorite truck on the east side, but i’m like super generic and I really think Guisados has the best tacos in LA. The downtown one if the best one.
Quintessential LA song: “Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang”


This weekend I headed down to FYF and I gotta be honest, the slew of last minute cancellations left me with a funny feeling in my belly. Besides the whole Frank/Kanye diabolical, ultimate dad rock outfit Deerhunter wasn’t going to be there to perform one of my all time favorite albums, Halcyon Digest. Not to mention the tragic cancellation of Ben UFO and Joy Orbinson due to visa troubles. But despite all of that, I was presently surprised by the talent and minor changes the festival had put into action this year.

3The nightmare of last year was entering the arena, keeping the crowd barricaded outside until \finally opening the doors to a mob of angry festival goers. This year a separate entrance for the floor was put in place, and festival goers waited in a constantly moving line to enter. No panic attacks for this girl. The layout was no different than last year, and the trek from The Lawn (the second largest stage) to the Main Stage was long enough to make most attendees exhausted. Yet despite my aching feet, the diverse group of artists and positive energy of the crowd kept my spirits high. I saw so many wonderful and talented people, but somehow I narrowed my favorites down to five. Check out my quick recap of each after the jump, and get ready for a wild ride.

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Goldroom drops the first single from his new EP, “It’s Like You Never Went Away,” and it might seem a bit familiar. “Embrace” got some heavy air play awhile back when he did a “Premix Competition” by releasing the isolated vocal stem for the public to remix and interpret without the aid of the full track. Now, the LA powerhouse comes back with a new version featuring the vocal talents of George Maple, who also co-wrote the tune.

Buy the full EP HERE.


Though I’m sure everyone is over the myriad amount of remixes floating around the blogosphere of the latest from Goldroom… I gotta tell ya: this one is worth the listen. Denver based producers, Eric David & j.harmon, take their chunky, bottom-heavy style and use it to fantastic results on this free remix. Their hypnotic usage of pads, vocal snips and blippy percussion turns the blurry-eyed original into a late night floor filler, perfect for keeping warm during the chilly nights ahead. Bonus points for the Alan Watts usage.

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Welcome to the dark and moody underbelly of tropical house, we’re glad you’re here. Introducing New York’s Total Fitness, who puts a very different spin on Goldroom’s latest hit single “Til Sunrise.” Goldroom’s “pre-mix” inviting producers to remix the track even before he released the original garnered over several dozen submissions, but this flip by Total Fitness is by far the most creative interpretation we’ve heard yet. Here TF cuts down the vocals in favor of letting a house-driven instrumental take the forefront for a more atmospherical track.


Amongst all the press releases, promotional mail-outs and random emails petitioning for features on acts like Creed, Florida-Georgia Line or some nameless, Atlanta rapper (true experiences on all accounts) I occasionally hit pay-dirt with a real message from an actual artist. Just yesterday, a nice fellow by the name of Dany Kole sent me an email with Soundcloud link asking for consideration, I try to humor as many of these emails as possible as I’ve spent plenty of time in Dany’s situation as an artist myself. I’m really glad I gave it the time.

Dany recently released his debut EP, ‘Pictures.’ It’s really slick, ya’ll. Three tunes with original vocals recorded by the man himself in his bedroom, somewhere in Moscow. Pretty tight if you ask me… real great vibes with Tropical flavors and polished, Nu-Disco sounds. Oh, dan in addition to it being a free download, recently dropped a nice little bootleg of Goldroom’s ‘Embrace’… also free. Dig em below and show the man some love on Facebook and Soundcloud.