Americans get a bad rap for being shallow people. Or maybe I’m thinking of Californians? Probably. But Thomas Gold does not believe Americans are shallow. He just thinks we know how to party.
“Even when there is a crisis, people still want to have fun, and they do. They don’t think about it,” says the Berlin-based Gold — who performs Saturday at Mandalay Bay’s Daylight dayclub, and then again on Saturday night at Light nightclub.
Gold says he likes how happy we get.
“In Europe sometimes (at clubs or music festivals), people are not really enjoying themselves because they’re thinking too much. There’s nothing against thinking, obviously, but sometimes you just want to party.”
When Gold DJs at clubs in Vegas and around America, he sees people having fun, smiling and being “superfriendly.”
“I never see aggressive behavior at any of the clubs I have played (in America). It’s supercool.”
This is the part of the interview where I tell Gold, yes, Americans’ true superpower is to relax and embrace superficiality.
“Ha ha, I didn’t say that! But you know what I mean,” Gold says.
“Some Europeans should really stop thinking” during parties, he says. “We can learn a lot in Europe” from America’s temperament to get down.
Gold is positively bubbly about our nation.
“I love America,” Gold says. “I have been traveling to the States for three years. I love how much love you get from the fans. This is something really cool, and I appreciate it. It’s really nice to see how much fun people have.
“To me there’s nothing better than touring the States — the U.S.A.”
In Vegas, Gold has begun his residency at the new Light nightclub and Daylight pool. Last week, he spun at the pool for two hours on a Wednesday night for 4,000 people, including partygoer Jason Statham, the actor.
Gold is known for officially remixing Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain,” in addition to recording his own songs “Marsch Marsch” and “Alive” (with Dirty South).
At Light venues, he plays hits plus new tracks and mash-ups.
“I know the Vegas crowd. They’re coming to party. It’s not an underground club. It’s a huge club, and it’s commercially orientated, and that’s what I do,” Gold says.
“I just want to make sure people have the best times of their lives while they’re there.”
Doug Elfman’s column appears on Page 3A in the main section on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He also writes for Neon on Fridays. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.