Hosted by the Sonia Lounge in Cambridge, Goldroom captivated the full house with his four piece band. The female keyboardist also sang ethereal lead vocals with Boston-born Producer/DJ otherwise known as Josh Legg, as they launched into his funky set list. I was intrigued to see how he would perform his Electronic dance music hits live. But, playing synth and guitar, along with a drummer and bassist, the band held the space very well and delivered some much needed Los Angeles golden sunshine. This was definitely appreciated as we Bostonians stood there half-bundled in winter coats.
"Can you step two steps closer please?" The crowd of predominantly mid-30s letting loose mid-week, embraced the opportunity to bop closer to the stage. Goldroom then launched into a heavy treacle-like pocket of a track from his new release - a double album titled Plunge/\Surface. I loved how he took the funkiest and catchiest elements from his mixes and elevated them with live instruments and vocals. It was a refreshing break from the typical DJ set.
What he did keep from the DJ set format were seamless transitions between songs, boosting the energy as each new beat popped into our atmosphere. Without the prevalence of words or stories in this type of dance music, I was initially confused as to whether the vibe was a dance party or music to vibe to whilst chatting to your neighbour. At first, the movement stayed at shuffle level with the exception of a few hard-core screaming fans. This was until the tempo started to kick up and it became clear that it was a dance party, with the conversation level boosting to an excited hustle, and hands and beers thrust up into the air.
My highlight was the song that got me hooked on Goldroom’s music - the single ‘Everybody’s Lonely’. It’s pure ear candy. Disco influenced, this song sat much cleaner in the groove. Maybe it was because my ear knew the song better or that the song fit better with live drums. Whatever the reason, the energy immediately lifted and everybody started dancing.
Throughout the night, Goldroom and his band clearly had a great time letting loose onstage, and alongside his catchy hooks and beats, the audience cheered and danced in unison.
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