MY STAGE NAME
Over the years I often get asked "Why Ricky Gold? Is Gold your last name?" "No, it's not" I always reply. It's my stage name.
From the moment I got into music and could mix, I have always been looking out for places to air my music - from bus journeys, to holidays by the pool, to friends house parties. If there was somewhere I could play a cassette, CD, or mp3 mix - I always came with plenty of options, including extra cabling and headphones.
When I was at uni (probably around 1998), I went on a long bus trip with friends and I was playing one of my mix tapes on an old ghettoblaster at the back of the bus. One of my friends said "We need to think of a DJ name for you". As DJ Quicksilver - Free was playing at the time, he suggested "what about DJ Ricksilver". I immediately chirped in with "Gold is better than Silver" and that was that. DJ Ricky Gold was born and it's stuck ever since!
I started DJing back in the mid 90’s when I discovered dance music. I think it was around 1994/95 and one of my friends lent me a mixtape by a well known Northern Ireland Club DJ - Daryl. I hadn't heard music like that before or seamlessly mixed together. I started listening to a local radio station that broadcasted this type of music on a Saturday night and this was the beginning of my deep passion for music collecting and DJing.
At first I started recording these dance radio shows onto cassette tapes and this quickly evolved to using two tape decks to edit the shows after recording, using biro pens to remove chatter and align the beats between songs. I never liked the gaps between songs and so I started playing with different ways of mixing songs together. After a while of music discovery through listening to radio shows, I started my regular visits to local record stores to source the songs on vinyl that I had been recording onto cassette tapes. I then needed something to play the vinyl on. As my dad was an electronics engineer, I was always quite good at wiring things together and quickly set about borrowing my sisters twin deck hi-fi and tried to wire it up with my own through the same set of speakers. I quickly realised why DJs use a mixer in between the two record decks - to stop the music from going through the speakers and looping back to the other hi-fi and blowing it up!! It was time to buy a mixer and proper turntables.
I won't bore you with my whole journey through the various turntables that were available back in the mid 90s. Let's just say I started out with the worst and worked my way up to the Rolls Royce of turntables. After battling with various pairs of lower end belt driven turntables, I eventually I saved up enough money to buy myself 2 x Technics 1210 turntables and still have them today (20 years on!) along with my 15ft vinyl collection!
Over the years I have held numerous residencies and made countless guest appearances in bars and nightclubs starting in my home town Bangor in Northern Ireland and then onto Scottsdale, Phoenix and later, Las Vegas, Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch. In addition I have also DJ’d hundreds of weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate events & Xmas parties. This broad experience has helped me hugely - allowing me to mix cross bpm and cross genres, with ease and confidence.
My mixing style is old skool / nu skool combined. I learned on vinyl and still mix like I am using vinyl. I like to layer 2 or more songs with long smooth transitions, maximising the elements of each song to create harmonious in-key mixes, leaving listeners in awe. I also like to layer acapellas over other songs, cut up tracks and tease my audience by dropping in samples of the upcoming track before they are played.
Please feel free to check out my promotional mixes on Mixcloud to hear me in action.
I have a strong bar / club background so club style mixing is one of my specialities. I have DJ's just about every genre in the past on both vinyl and modern digital formats. If you love 70s Disco, 80s Disco, 90s House, 90s Euro Dance, 00s Garage, Old Skool Hip Hop, 00s Hip Hop, 00s Electro House, Ibiza Classics, Club Classics, EDM and beyond - these are all genres and music styles that I have specialised in (plus others).
Another one of my specialities is DJing themed parties. Whether it be a Corporate Party, Birthday Party, Wedding or any other type of party that requires a theme - I love researching music to compliment a theme and then build on this with customised sound and lighting to match. In the past I have DJ'd all sorts of themed parties including 70s disco, 80s nights, 90s nights, 1920s themed parties, throwback nights, rock nights, garden parties and anything in between. I have also held numerous residencies over the years in bars and nightclubs, poviding themed music inline with the establishments music polices.
I have a strong educational and working background in all things IT. In the past I have held a wide range of positions including Graphic Design, and Website Development related positions. This has helped me significantly with all areas of my DJing from Building and maintaining my own website, designing my own graphics, editing my own videos and more. I also use my programming knowledge to script many laborious music related chores like filing and consistent naming of tracks etc.
I have now built up an array of modular sound and lighting setups that I can customise to match any theme, room layout or size. If a themed party is of interest to you, please get in touch and share it with me. When booking me, please let me know if there are any setups that you have seen photos of that you would like me to consider for your event. I have mirror ball simulator lighting effect lights for the elegant 70s disco feel, multi effect overhead lighting bars for larger rooms, moving heads / gobo projectors which can project gobo projections all around the room and be themed, smaller more compact multi effect lighting units for smaller rooms or where setup space is limited. In addition I also have a range of wireless battery powered uplighting that can also be configured to compliment your venue or match your colour scheme.