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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.”

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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”

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Taches isn’t an easy person to catch for some free time, but what time we were able to squeeze from him was totally worth it. After catching him last month at Splash House, we were so excited to have the opportunity to talk to him about his set and about what he’s got going for the rest of the year.
Check out our chat below.
Discobelle: We recently caught your set at Splash House. What were some of your favorite songs from your set? (We’ll let the playlist come in here) What about these tracks made them stick out from the set?
Taches:
As Time Goes By – Loco & Talul
Those hypnotic vocals, right?
Boorka – Jonas Saalbach
Those bendy string things sounded extra nice with a view of Palm trees.
Lost Ft. Billie Fountain (Nakadia Remix) – Me & Her
The end of world string sweep things sound massive when this is played loud. Those plucks and washy synth leads over the last part of the track certainly tickle my pickle too.
Clouds (Boso Reversion) – Few Nolder

The second time the piano-type instrument plays over the bassline with the big open hat always gets my feet shuffling.

It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay – Little Nancy & Daddy’s Groove
Absolutely everything about this track was stellar. This was the highlight of Splash House for me.

DB: Speaking of Splash House, was this your first time out to Palm Springs? What did you think of the concept of an all hotel pool party festival? What are some of your favorite events from the course of this past year?

T: I had never set foot in Palm Springs until Splash House, and I certainly misjudged the importance of weather dependent packing. Luckily, someone gave me a small Hawaiian shirt while I was there, so that was super handy. As far as the concept of an all hotel pool party festival, there’s only one thing you need to remember – the pool water. Oh my, the pool water.
Desert Hearts back in March definitely stands out as being the best event I’ve ever been to. It’s such a welcoming and mind freeing experience that totally restored my faith in the concept of going to a ‘festival’ (though I feel wrong labeling it as a festival).

DB: Did you catch any of the sets happening here? Who were you excited to see/who had the best sets this weekend?

T: To be honest, I’m not really sure who I saw other than Christian Martin and Justin Jay – who were both excellent. It was way too hot to consider remembering to breathe and the names of the DJs playing at the same time.

DB: It’s hot as hell, and the sun is beating down on us. What drinks are necessary for a day like this?

T: I’m mainly a (non-bitter) beer drinker, but I’m equally as comfortable buried deeply in an umbrella-garnished Mai Tai when the rays starting kicking up a fuss.

DB: We’ve been massive fans of yours since “Don’t You Know,” but who are you a massive fan of musically?

Everyone should sit down and listen to Djivan Gasparian. He’s an Armenian musician that plays the duduk – an oboe-like thing that’s probably my favorite instrument. It’s both heartbreaking and entrancing, and words can’t really describe the raw emotion that it packs. Check it out.

 
DB: Let’s talk a minute about your studio setup. What are your absolute essentials when you’re making music?

T: I have two essentials when making music – my Macbook Pro, and there needs to be food delivery services for when I get hungry. I have a Prophet ’08 keyboard that’s pretty fun to mess around with too.

DB: What can we expect from you in the second half of 2015?

T: I’ll have some remixes and originals coming out soon as free downloads, and I’ll have a full EP out towards the end of the year. Until then, I’ll be around and about, swaying and picking songs in designated places. I’m also considering buying a miniature animal, but I’m not sure what kind of animal to get yet.

Thanks Taches!

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Under the hot sun, we managed to steal Zimmer for a few moments to hear about his upcoming EP release with his Roche Musique friends and we were able to pick his brain for a bit. He’s been busy since we caught up with him a mere two days ago, and he’s released his single for his release on July 10th. Check out the track below, and check out our interview after the jump!

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We sat down with Vanilla Ace shortly after his set, and we had an absolute blast at the Hilton Hotel lobby, where we talked old school DJ-ing, advice to future musical artists, and even a bit about George Clooney.

He’s also got a couple of fantastic remixes out for us, just in time to kick off the new week. Check out both tracks below, and read below for the fantastic interview!


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Wes James aka Le Youth first came on our radar when we stumbled upon his remix of Goldroom’s “Angeles” back in 2012, his mix classic house and r&b was something that had yet to find it’s footing within the dance music community. Flash forward three years and Le Youth’s style of deep 90’s era house music has exploded and the Los Angeles based producer shows no signs of slowing down. Set to play Splash House this weekend, Wes answered some of our burning questions before heading out to the desert.

What are your essentials in the studio?
Keyboard, laptop, caffeine, iPhone, white wine, my dog

I first remember hearing the name Le Youth because of amazing remixes. Has your process in picking songs to remix remained the same throughout the years?
I’m definitely more open to remixing things I wouldn’t have wanted to remix before. I was super neurotic about the whole thing. I’ve relaxed a bit these days.

You use a lot of vocal sampling in your tracks but we’ve heard you’ve been in the studio with the likes of MNEK and some other vocalists, does this mean you’re going to experiment more with lyrics and songwriting?
I’ve been a songwriter for years, so it’s not exactly experimenting when I’m in the studio writing vocals. That said, vocal sampling is very experimental for me

You’re launching your own label this summer, can you tell us a bit about it and what can we expect in terms of releases?
I’m excited to be able to release music by my friends that inspires me. It won’t necessarily all sound like my music, but I feel it all gels together regardless of what micro­genre it falls under. There’s a pretty great group of artists producing right now that I think just make fun music. And that’s what this label will be about. There’s a lot of these artists at Splash House this summer that fall within realm. And that’s all I can say for now ;)

Are there any other labels or artists that have inspired you in this process of starting your own imprint?
French Express, Blasé Boys Club, Hot Creations

When you’re not producing, what kind of music do you listen to?
A lot of indie rock, some folk, though I’ve been rinsing the new Clean Bandit record over the last couple weeks

Your sound is heavily influenced my 90’s pop and r&b, does stem from your childhood or is it a more recent inspiration for you?
Definitely from my childhood. I grew up on 90s pop radio.

Splash House is an unique concept that’s drawing 20­somethings out to Palm Springs. In contrast, there’s been heavy debate about the dying down of festivals. Do you see this festival as being a part of a new era in the way people see live music/DJ sets?
It can definitely be easier to cultivate a specific vibe at a smaller festival like Splash House which I think is really cool, and it allows for festivals in some awesome and unique locations. That being said, I don’t think huge festivals like Coachella will ever go away, they’re too big to fail.

What can we expect from you in the 2nd Half of 2015?
I’ll be finally releasing some new music that I’m really excited about.

Make sure to check out Le Youth’s upcoming tour dates below, and catch him at Splash House this Saturday (psst you can get your tickets here).

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