What’s unique about Ben Gold
MANILA, Philippines – Last October 25, the World Trade Center Tent saw this year’s Cream Halloween Ball, the biggest and also the longest-running dance party in the country. Themed “Cream of Thrones,” the event was mounted by BigFish International.
For the 2014 version of the dance party, the musicians who delivered the night’s beat and tempo were Ian Sandrz, Marxx Monterola, MC La Voce, and headliners Tenishia and Ben Gold.
Before the ball
Before hitting the Cream Halloween Ball stage, Ben Gold sat down before the Philippine media for a short press conference. During the late-night question and answer encounter, Gold shared some of his fierce insights about the electronic dance music industry.
Asked if there is anything he could change about the industry today, what would it be? Gold was bold enough to answer that DJs must not repeat the same set they play for months. He added that electronic musicians should listen to new music and incorporate as much of these new music as they can in their own, because they have supporters who follow them from one city to another and the last thing they would want to do is to bore these people.
And apparently, he’s not one to talk. According to the DJ who hails from London, whenever he plays in foreign places, he first learns the vibe in the country where he is in, and then that’s when he decides which music to play. Gold puts effort in matching the “vibe” of his crowd.
He is also not one to disregard the time and length of the sets he plays. Gold shared that he also pays attention to how long his set will be, as this will also affect the performance that he will bring to the table.
And when asked if he has an advice for aspiring electronic musicians, Gold said “Create your own identity. It’s really easy to copy music, copy other records people have written, where I think you could create something that’s unique, and original and fresh and then you stand out from the thousands of demos which record labels get sent.” “Be original, different. Don’t copy,” said the DJ who listens a lot to Eric Prydz, Carl Cox, and Adam Beyer when he is out on travels for tours.
And on his stay in Manila, Gold said “Sadly with this job you get to travel which is great, [but] you just fly in and fly out. Hopefully next time maybe I can get more of an extended stay.”
The Cream Halloween Ball was powered by BigFish International, with INQUIRER.net as media partner.
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