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Lian Gold [Interview]

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Lian Gold is an Electronic Music Producer, DJ, and Label Owner based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Gold has been building a catalog of work that is really making a statement for fans of Indie Dance, Melodic Techno House & Progressive House genres. She is part of a wave of talented female artists unafraid to stand on the biggest stages. Lian has released a bunch of singles that have been listed in the Top 10 Beatport Charts more than once, including successful collaborations with the top artists in the industry: ASHER SWISSA, Space Motion, Silver Panda, and many more. This week sees Lian launching her new label Triple Moon Records with a new single from herself 'To Be'.

Progressive Astronaut caught up with Lian to learn more about the release of ‘To Be’, her plans for Triple Moon, DJing, studio process and more. Enjoy.

Hi Lian, thanks for chatting with us, how's the first quarter of the year been for you?

Lian Gold: Hello, Guys. Thank you for this interview. The first quarter started with a lot of new music projects, collaborations, exciting releases, and establishing my own label.

How has your start to the year been and what are your plans for the week?

Lian Gold: My plans are steady nowadays, ha-ha. Is to handle new music releases for my Triple Moon Record Label, sign new artists, find new talents, and be able to create my own music alongside the performances I have from time to time.

Do you consider yourself a DJ or producer first? And which do you enjoy more and why?

Lian Gold: I am an artist who creates music and enjoys mixing and playing it. So I'm enjoying both worlds.

I started as a DJ ten years ago, took a long break of 7 years, and then I returned to the music industry by creating my own music for playing on the dancefloors.

Talk to us about growing up in Israel and how you discovered electronic music, who from your country inspired you when you first found your passion for electronic music?

Lian Gold: I was born in Kazakhstan and came to Israel at nine years old. As a descendant of a very musical family, my mom registered me in piano class when I discovered the love of my life; music. Israel has known as a capital place of the Trance and Electronic scene. So I grew up and was inspired by local artists like Infected Mushroom, Skazi, Offer Nissim, Yahel, and many more.

What are some of your best memories from first going to clubs? Were there specific nights or sets that really made you feel you wanted to pursue electronic music?

Lian Gold: I am more a festival raver, he-he. So back then, many worldwide electronic producers & DJs visited Israel, and gave us an amazing performance, leaving me with goosebumps and an eyes-lighted feeling. I'm talking about David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, and many more.

What have been some of your favourite venues to perform at in Israel, and why?

Lian Gold: Oh, you put me in a challenging position, ha-ha. If I mention some of them, others can take it hard, and then I'm in trouble :)

I generally love performing at events with an audience that craves listening and dancing to electronic music.

When you were first getting started in production did you have someone help you or are you completely self-taught? And what would you recommend new producers do to help with the learning curve of production?

Lian Gold: I'm a self-learner. And I have a good reason for it; I'm a short temper and don't have the patience to learn it in a slow phase. When I'm ignited by something, I want to swallow all information immediately, here and now, hehe.

So everything I learned was through online courses, Youtube, Books, Seminars, and only last year, I enrolled myself in music school to upgrade my skills in mixing and mastering so that I can produce everything from scratch to master.

I recommend creating a lot of music, sending it to other producers, receiving feedback, and improving daily by learning from mistakes and staying updated with the latest trends and techniques.

If you were a tour-guide for nightlife in Tel Aviv, what would be the clubs you'd take the people to see and what local DJs do they need to hear?

Lian Gold: I recommend walking on Rothchild Street; it's a street with many great bar clubs and full of nightlife. I recommend my friend, Erika Krall, Emma El Shir, Dennis Y, Ramirez, Genish and many more

If you are not DJing or socializing at clubs, where do we find you? And doing what?

Lian Gold: Recently I've been more involved in setting up my record label and creating my own music in my extra time. My other activities are Dancing, Yoga, Horse Riding, Astrology, TV Acting, and UX/UI Design.

You have just launched your own record label 'Triple Moon Records'. What led you to start the label, why did now feel like the right time to do it and is your first foray into running a record label?

Lian Gold: The main catalysator for establishing my own label was a disappointing experience as an Artist and a challenging period in my life that almost broke my spirit with the willpower to stay in the music industry.

During retransforming myself, I decided that launching my own label would fulfill me with a purpose and a higher mission.

What advice do you have for artists hoping to get signed to Triple Moon?

Lian Gold: My advice to artists is to be self-critical and self-awareness. Do not compromise for less; work on your track as long as you feel it needs to be done and sounds like you vision it. Don't compromise on quality.

The first Triple Moon release has just come out, it's a single from yourself entitled 'To Be'. Tell us a bit about the track and why was this the right piece to launch the label with? Was this something you had been holding specifically to use as Triple Moon's first release?

Lian Gold: I'm so excited that it launched at the right time, with the right environment and my upgraded state of mind.

First, Triple Moon, also called the Triple Goddess, represents three changing phases of the moon: waxing, full and waning. These phases correspond with the stages of womanhood: The Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone. All women share the same rhythm as the moon with a 28-day cycle, so this is one reason the moon possesses yin (feminine) energies, which inspire creativity, imagination, intuition, and healing energies. All this corresponded with my current state of mind and label vision to spread magical, positive, and healing energies through music.

I started work on this track during the period when I struggled with difficulties, closed doors, depression, sexual harassment, insult, disrespect, and lack of gigs as a Female Artist and DJ that is doing all by herself, without a manager, and being "a friend of" and a fluke of "discovered by." All by myself, like in a song :)

It was a time when I felt disconnected from my intuition; I almost gave up on my dream and forgot that everything had happened for me. TO BE wiser and stronger.

What if anything inspired the production of 'To Be'. And what role do often-quoted sources of inspiration like dreams, other forms of art, personal relationships etc play in the creation of your music generally?

Lian Gold: So 'To Be' talks about the lessons and journey through my process that I'm still going through. In this message, I want to encourage my audience not to give up on their dreams and transform themselves TO BE a better version of themselves.

The label is about spreading inspirational, motivational, powerful, and positive vibes that spread music to the universe.

Now let's talk about DJing for a moment, it's a unique discipline at the border between presenting great music and creating something new with it, between composition and improvisation to an extent. How would you describe your approach to it?

Lian Gold: My approach is to listen to the audience by feeling them on the dancefloor and what works best. This kind of skill is gained through the experience of Djing throughout my career.

Can you tell me a bit about how your work as a DJ has influenced your view of music, your way of listening to tracks and perhaps also, your work as a producer?

Lian Gold: Before I sit In the studio and start to create, I ask myself what story and feeling I want to convey to my audience. Where would this music play? Does it fit the festival? Or just it's a more radio style.

If I decide that I want my music to play on the dancefloors at peak hours, the DJ experience provides me an understanding of what works best and what less. For example, too long breaks in the clubs, are can sometimes be a dangerous choice cause it could lower the crowd's energy.

I'm listening to all genres, from classic, '80s, '90s to hip hop. We should be exposed to as many genres as possible to bring something new to the production.

If you could set up an event with a line-up of five artists of your choice, who would you book and what set times would you ascribe to the artists?

Lian Gold: It's hard to decide because most DJs do a great job.

My top 5 choices: Korolova, Dom Dolla, Space Motion, CamelPhat, Boris Breijcha.

They are all different and, at the same time, remain under the mutual main genre, Electronic Dance Music.

Current Top five favorite tracks?

Lian Gold: And the winners are:

  1. Goodboys, Korolova – Made of Gold
  2. Fred again.. x Swedish House Mafia - Turn On The Lights again.. (feat. Future) [Anyma Remix]
  3. Like Mike, Asher Swissa – Awaking
  4. RUFUS DU SOL - On my knees – Adriatique Remix
  5. HEVI LEVI – Mad world

What does the remainder of 2023 hold for yourself and Triple Moon Records? Anything you can share with us?

Lian Gold: I am preparing many new surprises and approaches to make this label more than a label for artists. I can share that fans can expect good music releases every Friday on all platforms, fun and conceptional label events, fashion collections, and many more.

'To Be' is available now via Triple Moon: https://bit.ly/41EaRCM

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