Thomas Gold @ Ivy, Sydney (04/02/2012)

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Saturday night at Ivy was every house music enthusiasts dream, hosting a night full of buzzing energy and world-class DJ Thomas Gold. The Berlin artist has nestled himself into the playlists’ of such luminaries as Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Tiesto, John Dahlback and Sander van Doorn; whilst chalking headlining slots at prestigious venues like Pacha and Ministry of Sound after only hitting the scene 3 years ago. Yes, there was every reason to be at Ivy to witness Gold’s much-hyped set.

Upon arriving at around 11pm, the main floor was at capacity and everyone was bopping away enjoying DJ Wonderwoman’s opening set, anxiously awaiting their main man. Whilst many of us thought he’d hit the stage at midnight, Gold stepped up to the table at around 1ish and immediately rejuvenated the audience with a surge of electro-house with his remix of Lady Gaga’s Judas. Next, he transitioned his way nicely into the Alesso remix of Nadia Ali, Alex Kenji and Starkillers Pressure quickly followed by his remix with Axwell’s Hard Rock Sofa and St. Brothers Blow Up. Predictably, the crowd went nuts when the beat dropped, and Gold looked to be right in his element.

The most refreshing and unique aspect of Gold’s set was the numerous, out-of-left-field, expert mix-ins of a huge variety of tracks from every genre imaginable. He kept the audience on its toes, looking around wide-eyed with curiosity about what might come next. Incorporating heavy bass lines with cutting edge electro house beats such as Kaskade’s remix of Zedd’s latest single Shave It, into Arty, Matisse and Sadko’s Trio, also mixing in the likes of Adele, Coldplay and even newcomer Lana Del Rey.

Although there were points in his set that got rather mainstream, with far too many David Guetta and Calvin Harris tracks being played, Gold did a good job of preserving his sanctity as a dirty Berlin DJ by combing these tracks with dirty pitch-bending, dance floor destroying beats. A clear example of one of these moments was when he dropped Michael Calfan’s Resurrection with Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso featuring Michael Feiner’s Together. Right before the beat dropped, the excitement just kept building as Gold threw in Feenixpawl and Ivan Gough’s In My Mind – a definite highlight with the crowd now looking a little too far-gone.

But judging by the audiences’ reactions, they weren’t ready for goodbyes just yet as toward the end of his set he kept the fists pumping with the Bassjackers remix of Tiesto’s Maximal Crazy, before taking us back a little with the cheesy sing-a-long old school track Fragma’s Tocas Miracle. Continuing on the decks, Gold filled a good chunk of the rest of his set with his latest remixes including Dirty South and Kate Elsworth’s Alive and Eyes Wide Open, which caused a hefty stir and was incredible finally getting to hear it live before wrapping things up with Deniz Koyu’s Tung! into Daft Punk’s One More Time.

The beats didn’t stop after Gold’s set. DJ Wonderwoman kept the vibe going on the main floor, but Thomas Gold stuck around, getting to know his crowd, taking photos with his fans and asking us if we enjoyed his set. Overall, his set had the perfect blend of songs and his set was one of the most versatile I have seen in a while. The magic you hear in his productions are just as evident in his live sets, good things lie ahead for the man they say has the ‘golden touch’ as I’m sure he’ll become a regular to our shores.