Ben Gold TML 2017

Interview

Ben Gold: Touring Difficulties, Strict Regimes And The Future

Ben Gold talks about how difficult life on the road can be, strict routines and back to back sets.

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It’s been a solid few years for Ben Gold with a whole host of achievements to his name. Its been a rollercoaster ride, with touring schedules, producing music and much more. So it was time to see how Ben Gold felt about the whole process and experience.

It was totally unexpected when I won the competition for the A State Of Trance 750 anthem, that was a game changer in my bookings, in my profile and also my relationship with A State Of Trance. It’s a very solid team here, very professional and creative. Every part of every release is important to the team and they demonstrate that every time I have a new record out. It’s a joy, it’s a pleasure.

Again, with such a solid team around you, they can certainly help in terms of the influence of music, the direction in which you can head as an artist and the help in the background of things. For Ben Gold, he has such a good team around him, this obviously must help.

Working as a producer is a lonely job, so it’s important to have a good relationship with your A&R, and I have a very good one with my A&R, James. I’m forever sending him stuff; I get an idea, and it’s good to know if it’s as good to someone who you can trust as you think it is. I don’t know how many producers can relate to this, but I can get lost in the studio. Is this melody as good as the last melody or is it just me? Am I getting excited over nothing or am I not getting excited over something I should be? I think working with these people and sharing these ideas benefits the end product”.

There has been a huge highlight however on the difficulties a DJ and producer can have. The balance of spending time in the studio and taking your name on the road can be extremely difficult, and many have struggled with this experience. Ben Gold opened up about these difficulties, the strain it can have on you as a person and the way in which he coped with this.

When I was with Gareth Emery and Garuda I was touring so much, away for six weeks, back for a week, away for another six weeks and with that came the partying. When you get back home on the Monday/Tuesday morning, you need forty-eight hours to recover for sure. And now it’s Wednesday then all of a sudden you’re back at the airport and back on the road for another weekend of shows. I took a year off alcohol and found that I was more productive, way more productive. That’s now how I treat my shows, I might have one or two beer, very rarely would I have more than that.

Ben also went on to explain that after realising this, if was time to get into a “strict regime” of how he goes about his days and the way in which he manages his career. “I get up at 7am, I eat well, I go to the gym. The balance can be achieved, it just depends how serious you are about building yourself as an artist and your business, because, that’s what it is.”

It was interesting to hear Ben say that “I cannot work on the road”. You see producers and DJs on the plane working on tracks, in the airport, on a coach, but this is something Ben simply cannot do. “I need to have my comfy chair, my working environment, my monitors, in a room I trust, in a relaxed atmosphere. I can’t get creative in a hotel room, so I don’t bother with a mobile studio, I know I won’t work. So yeah getting home as quickly as possible…. sober… eating well, using the gym, keeping a good lifestyle. I might have a chill morning on Monday, watch Match Of The Day, have a nap, but by the afternoon, I’m working”.

The life of a DJ can be a tough one but it also comes with the perks. During Amsterdam Dance Event, Ben Gold performed a back to back set with Standerwick at the A State Of Trance showcase. For a DJ playing solo and then playing with someone else, it can be quite a challenge and difference.

I’m selfish. I wanted to play the full hour on my own haha. Ian (Standerwick) is and has been a very good friend of mine for three or four years now, we talk about a lot of stuff outside of music. We made two very good tracks together, I admire him as a producer, I think he’s outstanding. I love his energy, and he is just a really nice guy, he has a really good heart. So it was super fun to go back to back together. It was an amazing venue, the feedback was great. I always try and bring that energy and fun to my shows, it’s about having fun and if you can do that and play a good set, then brilliant. That’s what both of us aimed to do anyway, and I’m confident that we did”.

Once again, when we look at what lays ahead for Ben Gold as 2018 creeps around at the corner, it was a question of what can you say and what can you not say. It looks like the artist has a lot going on behind the scenes, with some very big plans, but as he stated, “nothing is concrete yet but it’s not far off”.

Its going to be a big year in touring and new music terms. I’m working now on how I’m going to package things together, and look at key dates on when I’m going to be putting everything out. I’m more excited about next year than any other year. You always start thinking about looking at the next 12 months at this point of the year, I can’t really say much more”. At that moment, Ben Gold was sitting with a very big smile on his face, so 2018 is going to be a year to continue to keep an eye out on his name.

Again, we rounded off the interview looking at Ben’s piece of advice for an upcoming producer, DJ or someone looking to get involved in dance music. “I think first and foremost, don’t be afraid of hard work. You have to have that drive and desire to achieve something. No one is going to give it to you. You also need a sound or something different, it could be your music, your brand, a live show, but you need to have that desire, that drive, if you don’t have that, then it won’t work. If not drinking is feasible, then take that option, get back to the studio on Monday morning, put the hard work in and with this, the rewards are high, the experiences are great.”

It was an absolute pleasure to speak to Ben Gold, especially after the interview, and it’s safe to say that he is a name to look out for in 2018. Stay tuned to his social media in the new year.

For more information on Ben Gold:
https://www.facebook.com/BenGoldMusic/
https://twitter.com/BenGoldMusic
https://soundcloud.com/bengoldmusic

Ben Gold TML 2017

Ben Gold.

It’s been a solid few years for Ben Gold with a whole host of achievements to his name. Its been a rollercoaster ride, with touring schedules, producing music and much more. So it was time to see how Ben Gold felt about the whole process and experience.

“It was totally unexpected when I won the competition for the A State Of Trance 750 anthem, that was a game changer in my bookings, in my profile and also my relationship with A State Of Trance. It’s a very solid team here, very professional and creative. Every part of every release is important to the team and they demonstrate that every time I have a new record out. It’s a joy, it’s a pleasure.

Again, with such a solid team around you, they can certainly help in terms of the influence of music, the direction in which you can head as an artist and the help in the background of things. For Ben Gold, he has such a good team around him, this obviously must help.

Ben Gold.

Working as a producer is a lonely job, so it’s important to have a good relationship with your A&R, and I have a very good one with my A&R, James. I’m forever sending him stuff; I get an idea, and it’s good to know if it’s as good to someone who you can trust as you think it is. I don’t know how many producers can relate to this, but I can get lost in the studio. Is this melody as good as the last melody or is it just me? Am I getting excited over nothing or am I not getting excited over something I should be? I think working with these people and sharing these ideas benefits the end product”.

There has been a huge highlight however on the difficulties a DJ and producer can have. The balance of spending time in the studio and taking your name on the road can be extremely difficult, and many have struggled with this experience. Ben Gold opened up about these difficulties, the strain it can have on you as a person and the way in which he coped with this.

Ben Gold.

When I was with Gareth Emery and Garuda I was touring so much, away for six weeks, back for a week, away for another six weeks and with that came the partying. When you get back home on the Monday/Tuesday morning, you need forty-eight hours to recover for sure. And now it’s Wednesday then all of a sudden you’re back at the airport and back on the road for another weekend of shows. I took a year off alcohol and found that I was more productive, way more productive. That’s now how I treat my shows, I might have one or two beer, very rarely would I have more than that.

Ben also went on to explain that after realising this, if was time to get into a “strict regime” of how he goes about his days and the way in which he manages his career. “I get up at 7am, I eat well, I go to the gym. The balance can be achieved, it just depends how serious you are about building yourself as an artist and your business, because, that’s what it is.”

Ben Gold.

It was interesting to hear Ben say that “I cannot work on the road”. You see producers and DJs on the plane working on tracks, in the airport, on a coach, but this is something Ben simply cannot do. “I need to have my comfy chair, my working environment, my monitors, in a room I trust, in a relaxed atmosphere. I can’t get creative in a hotel room, so I don’t bother with a mobile studio, I know I won’t work. So yeah getting home as quickly as possible…. sober… eating well, using the gym, keeping a good lifestyle. I might have a chill morning on Monday, watch Match Of The Day, have a nap, but by the afternoon, I’m working”.

Ben Gold.

The life of a DJ can be a tough one but it also comes with the perks. During Amsterdam Dance Event, Ben Gold performed a back to back set with Standerwick at the A State Of Trance showcase. For a DJ playing solo and then playing with someone else, it can be quite a challenge and difference.

I’m selfish. I wanted to play the full hour on my own haha. Ian (Standerwick) is and has been a very good friend of mine for three or four years now, we talk about a lot of stuff outside of music. We made two very good tracks together, I admire him as a producer, I think he’s outstanding. I love his energy, and he is just a really nice guy, he has a really good heart. So it was super fun to go back to back together. It was an amazing venue, the feedback was great. I always try and bring that energy and fun to my shows, it’s about having fun and if you can do that and play a good set, then brilliant. That’s what both of us aimed to do anyway, and I’m confident that we did”.

Ben Gold.

Once again, when we look at what lays ahead for Ben Gold as 2018 creeps around at the corner, it was a question of what can you say and what can you not say. It looks like the artist has a lot going on behind the scenes, with some very big plans, but as he stated, “nothing is concrete yet but it’s not far off”.

Its going to be a big year in touring and new music terms. I’m working now on how I’m going to package things together, and look at key dates on when I’m going to be putting everything out. I’m more excited about next year than any other year. You always start thinking about looking at the next 12 months at this point of the year, I can’t really say much more”. At that moment, Ben Gold was sitting with a very big smile on his face, so 2018 is going to be a year to continue to keep an eye out on his name.

Ben Gold.

Again, we rounded off the interview looking at Ben’s piece of advice for an upcoming producer, DJ or someone looking to get involved in dance music. “I think first and foremost, don’t be afraid of hard work. You have to have that drive and desire to achieve something. No one is going to give it to you. You also need a sound or something different, it could be your music, your brand, a live show, but you need to have that desire, that drive, if you don’t have that, then it won’t work. If not drinking is feasible, then take that option, get back to the studio on Monday morning, put the hard work in and with this, the rewards are high, the experiences are great.”

It was an absolute pleasure to speak to Ben Gold, especially after the interview, and it’s safe to say that he is a name to look out for in 2018. Stay tuned to his social media in the new year.

For more information on Ben Gold:
https://www.facebook.com/BenGoldMusic/
https://twitter.com/BenGoldMusic
https://soundcloud.com/bengoldmusic

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