Inspired by summers spent in Cape Cod and the classic “French touch” of producers Alan Braxe and Fred Falke, Los Angeles-based producer Goldroom is now being touted as a future King of Disco thanks to a sun-kissed tropical twist on the genre revived earlier this year by Daft Punk.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Josh Legg first began to use music as a form of escapism as a youngster, learning to play the cello at just eight years old before moving on to the guitar and keyboard. Initially drawn to the alt-rock of Nirvana and Oasis, he then formed short-lived synth-pop trio Night Waves with USC classmates David Urbina and Kyle Petersen, later setting up his own Binary Entertainment record label with the latter.
After the group disbanded in 2010, Legg moved to L.A. where he reinvented himself as a dance music DJ/producer, taking as his moniker the name of his favourite bar in the city’s Echo Park. Two years later, he began to build buzz on the blogosphere with the Angeles E.P. (a melodic blend of indie-disco, chillwave and electro which also displayed his talents as a lead vocalist) and remixes of tracks by the likes of Penguin Prison, Atlas Genius and Niki & The Dove.
But this year’s “Summer of Disco” has seen Goldroom begin to make that giant leap from the bedroom studio to the national stage, appearing at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, embarking on a 13-date US tour and recruiting vocalist Ariela Jacobs and drummer Nick Sandler to become a permanent part of his live set-up.
Released earlier this month, the Embrace E.P. also showcased his collaborative streak with guest appearances from Scandi-pop sisters Say Lou Lou on the dreamy Chic-esque “Sweetness Alive,” Australian vocalist Chela on the throbbing 80s electro of “Fifteen” and Mereki Beach on the warm Italo house of “Only You Can Show Me.” If anyone can stave off those post-summer blues for a little while longer, it’s Goldroom.