Label Spotlight | Fool’s Gold Records

Founded in 2007 by DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, Fool’s Gold Records is an innovative hit-maker, bridging the hip-hop and electronic music scenes. Some notable artists on the label include A-Trak himself, Kid Cudi, Laidback Luke, Duck Sauce, Chromeo, Oliver, LA Riots, and Flosstradamus.

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Catchdubs and A-Trak have worked to attract fresh artists that will keep the label current and undeniably cool, but never too far from themselves.

“Everything we do is an extension of our own personalities and tastes,” Nick Catchdubs told Billboard in an interview. “We are our own fan base.”

A-Trak and Catchdubs kept running into each other in 2006 when they ended up playing the same parties and clubs in downtown New York. They then decided to collaborate in 2007 to make a record label that would fuse their musical loves: dance music and hip-hop. The duo hired NYC artist Dust La Rock as in-house art director for the label. Dust La Rock, who had previously designed posters for shows A-Trak and Catchdubs had played, created the definitive Fool’s Gold logo and has produced the artwork for Fool’s Gold Records ever since.

After finding a runaway hit with Kid Cudi, Fool’s Gold was on the map and became known as a taste-making label that took risks that often paid off. A good way to keep up with the newest songs in electronic and hip-hop music is to listen to A-Trak’s monthly Fool’s Gold Radio mix.

Sleepy Tom is the newest member of the Fool’s Gold family, and is definitely an artist that deserves a listen. Hailing from Vancouver, BC, Sleepy Tom has built a reputation in Canada and his bootlegs, remixes, and original tracks are gaining some well-deserved attention around the globe. For a quick introduction, you can stream a preview of his Sleepy EP here:

And if you haven’t already heard of Oliver, an outstanding DJ duo signed to Fool’s Gold, you’re missing out. They’ve taken their 80’s influenced sound to remixes of tracks by Foster the People, Chromeo, and Breakbot– and also produced hits with A-Trak and Destructo. Their live show is infectious and fun, with Oligee infusing live keyboard riffs into their funkified sets.

And here’s a free download from Oliver that they released in celebration of reaching 10,000 followers on Twitter. It’s a groovy take on Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” that is different, but doesn’t stray too far from the original.

The label also connects to fans through their flagship retail store in Brooklyn that sells everything from t-shirts to headphones. The headquarters of Fool’s Gold is behind the retail store, and Fool’s Gold hosts regular events, including art exhibitions and live DJ sets, in the store. If you won’t be in NYC anytime soon, you can visit their online store here.

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Another cornerstone of the Fool’s Gold Record brand is their participation in music festivals around the world with their Fool’s Gold Clubhouses. These stages pack a powerhouse punch with back-to-back sets by EDM DJs like Tommy Trash, Treasure Fingers, Dillon Francis, Fake Blood, and A-Trak, of course.

Here’s a quick recap video highlighting the inaugural season of Clubhouse stages this year:

Fool’s Gold also throws an annual Labor Day party, dubbed “Fool’s Gold Day Off,” in New York. Last year this party brought attendees of all ages out to a crazy show with performances by Danny Brown, A$AP Rocky, Just Blaze, Flosstradamus, and more. Oh– and this party is free.

As if you needed another reason to want to attend a Fool’s Gold party, here’s a recap video from last year’s event:

Connect with Fool’s Gold Records:

Website // Facebook // Twitter // YouTube

Erin Flemming
Erin Flemming is a graduate of the University of Washington and a current resident of San Diego. She loves music of all types, but has a particular weakness for anything on Dirtybird records and Drum & Bass. Erin's favorite concert experiences include seeing Above & Beyond in an intimate setting at Foundation Nightclub in Seattle and experiencing the massive Q-Dance stage in the pouring rain at Mysteryland in the Netherlands.
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