Thomas Gold at EDC NY: the bootleg master scores a touchdown at MetLife Stadium (review)
Thomas Gold’s livesets are widely considered among the DA team to be some of the best in the business, so you can imagine how excited we were to see him return to the festival environment at the inaugural Electric Daisy Carnival New York. Just like last Summer when he came to New York’s Governors Island, Thomas posted up with the Size Matters crew — including Steve Angello, AN21, and Max Vangeli — to bring his masterful DJing prowess to the imprint’s very own stage, which was actually set up inside MetLife Stadium. Keep reading for a recap of how things went down on the field.
It’s probably not surprising that Thomas opened up with his most recent remix of Miike Snow’s “The Wave,” but a flawless transition into “The Beginning” gave me a very good feeling about what was in store. He also played his new version of “Teenage Crime” early on in the set, just before “Quasar.” Thomas didn’t play the bootleg with “Aerodynamic” and “Coming Home” like Sebastian Ingrosso and Afrojack did (twice), but instead combined it with John Dahlback’s “Blink” acapella.
Miike Snow – The Wave (Thomas Gold Remix)
One thing you can always expect in a Thomas Gold liveset is a lot of new, unidentifiable music. It’s near certain that there will be a bunch of new tracks that you’ve never heard before, and Thomas’ own admission that he listens to every promo he gets means that the track rotation is always being expanded. He likes to combine old, well-known vocals with new stuff to keep the crowd’s attention, and that’s exactly what he did at EDC. Fragma’s “Toca’s Miracle” was worked in with a new track called “King” from Matthew Leface, Matt Nash, and Dave Silcox, the Police’s “Message In A Bottle” got combined with Thomas’s “Abart” and Leventina’s “We’re Gonna Start,” and he even used the Etta James “Levels” vocal with his own track “AGORa.”
Another aspect so important to Thomas’ sets is his use of personal bootlegs and edits. He said he spent two weeks preparing his set for EDC, and after hearing some of the intricate bootlegs he dropped, it’s safe to say that was time well spent. He played a super private version of “The Night Out” mashed with Punish’s “Industrial Sound” and some new drums, Eric Prydz “Allein” with the lesser-known Tommy Trash remix of “Wicked Woman,” and overlaid “Alive” on top of “Resurrection.” I’m also a big fan of his Otto Knows mashup with Coldplay and One Republic, “Million Voices” vs “Fix You” vs “Apologize.” The best one, however, had to be a monstrous mix of “Tung” with Madonna’s “Music” and Coldplay’s “Paradise” vocals and parts of “Marsch Marsch,” before retuning back to the venerable horn sounds of Deniz Koyu’s anthem.
fRew – Wicked Woman (Tommy Trash Remix)
Of course, Thomas also played a few more of his biggest tracks as well, including his “Judas” remix and “Sing 2 Me,” and the new Swanky Tunes track, “The Edge.” The final sequence of the set included Zedd’s remix of “Breakn’ A Sweat” with “Feel So Close” and Laidback Luke’s “Do The Robot,” and Fedde Le Grand Deniz Koyu, and Johan Wedel’s “Turn It” with “You’ve Got The Love.” Thomas’ upcoming track “Fanfare” was combined with Daft Punk’s “Technologic” acapella as the penultimate track, but it all culminated in Thomas’ remix of Adele’s “Someone Like You,” a poetic way to end a very solid set.
Adele – Someone Like You (Thomas Gold & Mark Mendes Bootleg)
Fedde Le Grand, Deniz Koyu, & Johan Wedel – Turn It
All in all, Thomas Gold was a definite highlight of the entire EDC weekend, and he did a great job holding down the SIZE stage and repping the Size Matters crew. He even got a nice suntan out of the deal.