With summer now officially in full swing, it’s time to get serious about getting silly! You really need to ask yourself: Who has the juiciest beats? Where are all the fly honeys and swanky gentlemen congregating? And have I taken a shower today? Lucky for you, all of these answers lie with one artist and one night alone: Goldroom. Take another shower for good measure, you’re going to sweating on the dance floor, you party animal.
On Sunday, July 17, Goldroom will be dropping sweet tropical beats at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club. Goldroom’s uplifting music will make your head bob like a crash test dummy, inspire romance like Casanova, and basically provide sex on the beach (literal or the colorful drink) in the form of awesome musical arrangements. The artist has cut his teeth with electronic music stunners such as Niki & The Dove, Atlas Genius, Alpine, Poolside, and Gigamesh. Josh Legg is the man behind the Goldroom name, and he is just finishing off a national tour with one of his favorite stops, our beachside city of Santa Barbara. His newest album, Verano, is full of creative material that will induce chromesthesia into its listeners. I spoke with him about sailing, the DJ lifestyle, and his philosophies.
So have you played up in Santa Barbara before? I love Santa Barbara, I’m very excited for this show specifically. When I was at USC, I spent a lot of time sailing at UCSB. I was on the varsity sailing team and we spent a lot of time up there, on the water and having a good time up there.
Tell me about the boat tour that you’ve been doing? Yeah, so I’m about half way through the boat party tour right now. Sailing and being on the water has been a part of my life since I was very young and I wanted to bring my two passions together for a party. I make music for this kind of setting and I wanted to see if I could provide a more complete experience for my fans.
What is your favorite part about the lifestyle that you live? I love traveling and meeting people. There is nothing more fulfilling than being in a place that I’ve never been to before and meeting someone brand-new that wants to show me around, or even if I only meet them for 30 seconds at the venue. It’s so exciting to receive their unique takes on life. I’ll never get tired of it.
Who is really inspiring you at this moment? To be honest, the stuff that really inspires me is mostly old stuff. I’ve always found that trying to do what other people are doing and being concerned keeping up with everyone else is a dangerous game. When I’m trying to get inspired to write a new song I listen to Phoenix, Tom Petty, Al Green, or Cutis Mayfield. Classic song writers that have made music that worked 40 years ago and that can make songs that would work now.
What’s a philosophy that you tend to follow for business, music, or just everyday life?
I just try to get a little better every day. I try not to beat myself up, but I do sometimes, as a musician I can be pretty critical of my music, but if I keep getting a little better every day then the number of songs that I like will keep getting greater and greater. From my experience, things don’t happen overnight. You have to keep working and trying to get better and eventually good luck will fall in your lap and something good will happen.