Interview: Ben Gold
Thanks for taking the time to speak with us today. You've certainly been a busy man lately. Congratulations on your newest album, Sound Advice Chapter 2, which was just released in September!
Thanks very much! Pleasure to be here and thanks for all the support from the Trance Podium family over the years, big respect to you guys for all the love :)
This was a continuation of Chapter 1, but you describe it as being more dance-floor driven. How would you say Chapter 2 stems off of Chapter 1, and what about it makes it a new chapter?
As the title suggests it’s definitely a continuation of the overall theme of where I’m taking trance music as an artist and as a producer but the distinction between the two is between the ‘live’ sound and the ‘club’ sound. ‘Chapter 1’ of ‘Sound Advice’ was based around the concept of live instruments, every track on there had at least one live instrument in it. In ‘Chapter 2’ you could definitely hear that I’d gone back to the dance floor. I also used ‘Chapter 2’ as an opportunity to showcase some amazing new artists that I’ve been lucky enough to work with lately.
You worked with so many incredibly talented artists/vocalists on this album. Are there any you're hoping to (or plan to) work with again, or is there anyone in particular you'd hope to collaborate with some day?
I’m definitely hoping to work with the vocalist I used on ‘The City Sleeps Tonight’. It was a perfect union for me between melody and vocal and as soon as it was put together in the studio we knew we were onto something special. It didn’t surprise me when that single emerged as the ‘big one’, it had already been absolutely smashing it out on tour and fan reaction to it was immense.
What is next with your Sound Advice project? Have you put any thought into creating, or is anything currently in the works, for a Chapter 3? If so, or if you do, what direction would you want to take the new chapter?
Well I’m always busy in the studio, it’s definitely what I live and breathe for. Whether that’s creating Sound Advice Chapter 3 straight away, I’m not sure right now, but I’m already on another creative roll after Chapter 2. I can say that there are already a ton of new ideas but what direction those will decide to take is still up in the air. Just get ready for a big 2020, that much is certain :)
You've been including a lot of your tracks from this album in your sets lately. What other shows do you have coming up where we can get a taste of Chapter 2?
I’ve got some big shows coming up in Asia, including China, that are really exciting, I’m also going to be heading over to Australia at the end of November for FestivalX in Sydney and Melbourne. It’s always such a huge pleasure to visit Australia, being on the other side of the world I don’t get to do it too often so it’s always something special. Then I’m back in Europe with dates in Sweden, the UK and Poland and still a lot more to come, and topping it all off of course, ASOT 950 which will be a big one!
Not only have you been keeping busy with Sound Advice, but you and Omnia have joined forces to create the incredible duo, FUTURECODE. How did that idea come up? What brought the two of you together?
It actually started last year at the Electronic Festival Family. Omnia and I did a back to back set and we had so much fun doing it that we did it again the weekend after at Untold Festival. When we got the same reaction and felt the same buzz, we knew we were onto something. We decided that if we were going to do it, then we’d only play our own music, we’d make our sets completely unique and basically irreplicable, and something that fans could only ever see at a festival. Then we got booked to play b2b at ASOT 900, a huge deal, and so it made sense to come up with an entirely new concept, a major show concept, brandings, logos, the whole works. And that was how FUTURECODE was born.
Your first release as FUTURECODE was 'Dancing In The Rain' with Roxanne Emery. What a powerful track and my personal favorite so far! What was going through your mind when you premiered that at ASOT 900?
Oh my days, just like a ton of excitement, nerves, just praying that it went as well live on stage as it did in rehearsals. I’ve played a LOT of gigs, a lot of shows, DJ’d on some of the biggest stages in the world in front of crowds of tens of thousands, sometimes even more, but there are some shows where it feels that ‘extra bit’ special, where you feel like the eyes of the clubbing world are on you. This was definitely one of those and I’m really glad we managed to deliver something that surpassed even our own expectations on the day.
Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us! Do you have anything else you'd like to say to your fans at this time?
Just a massive thank you for all your support over the past year, I hope 2019 has been as good for everyone out there as it has for me, and here’s to 2020!