We sat down with The Golden Pony at Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival [INTERVIEW]
We "entered the portal" last weekend all the way down in south Florida for the second annual Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival.
Before their epic set on the Aquachobee beach stage, we had a little time to meet up and chat with the up and coming New York based duo, The Golden Pony. This duo is made up of Timothy Monkiewicz and Thomas Murphy, two goofy guys with a lot of talent. These two really have a way of starting the party, not only with their dance moves and catchy beats, but with their pure skill in a live musical performance.
Check out our EDM.com exclusive interview below with this new, tequila loving DJ duo The Golden Pony, spreading their vibes and coming to a stage near you.
EDM.com: What do you consider to be your biggest success in your music career thus far?
Thomas: I don’t know, that’s a tough call. We’ve toured some pretty cool places in the past year. We went to Moscow last year and it was just wild, like such next level clubbing. Like I thought New York clubs were really big, but it’s like 10,000 people dancing to techno in an abandoned military warehouse. So that was pretty cool.
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time when you’re not in the studio or on the road?
Timothy: I like surfing and fucking…mainly.
Thomas: Um reading, and fucking I think, quietly… the reading part.
In Russia actually this promoters girlfriend was popping bottles on stage and popped an entire bottle directly onto one of the CDJs…on the one it was playing on. And the craziest thing is when a CDJ gets doused like that it goes into the fastest tempo possible, like someone is spinning it really fast so the record spun up to like 400%.
What is the most memorable thing that has happened to you during a performance? What made it stick with you?
Timothy: Let me think of the stuff that’s not illegal.
Thomas: Yeah true. Oh you know what, In Russia actually this promoters girlfriend was popping bottles on stage and popped an entire bottle directly onto one of the CDJs…on the one it was playing on. And the craziest thing is when a CDJ gets doused like that it goes into the fastest tempo possible, like someone is spinning it really fast so the record spun up to like 400%.
Timothy: Oh actually you know what too, on New Year’s Eve we ran out on front of the stage. So it was midnight, right, and we were going to blast off confetti. So, I didn’t realize it but I was standing in front of a confetti cannon and it exploded on my leg, and really, it felt like someone hit my leg with a baseball bat. We were in the front all excited like 5,4,3,2,1… and yeah.
If you could play back to back or collab with any DJ who would it be?
Thomas: Ohhh, Billy Kenny. Those shows are really fun. I love Billy Kenny.
Timothy:I’d have to go with a classic dude like Kerry Chandler, he like plays piano live, he’s an old school like Chicago house dude. I can respect a lot of those older school dudes.
Do you have any good luck rituals before going on stage?
Timothy: Yeah, something Mexican either beer, tequila, or tacos. Just trying to fuel up.
What inspired the unique name of The Golden Pony?
Timothy: We’re big fans of horses… and like… gold.
Thomas: And magic! We really like magic. Well, not like illusions, but actual magic.
How did you guys get into the music scene and where do you see yourselves 5 years from now?
Timothy: I’m thinking private jets and hot tubs in the back of a limo. I don’t know, were both musicians and play guitar and keyboards and different instruments so were really about musicianship. We DJ but were definitely trying to bring a lot more of that live stuff back because we love electronic music and the way you can create new sounds and stuff that you haven’t heard before. But yeah, we just enjoy writing music.
Thomas: Yeah I mean hopefully we’ll be alive in five years like that’s the benchmark I’m setting. Musically I think it’s just collaborating with more singers and artists that we find really inspiring because there’s a lot of amazing artists in New York so we’re always trying to work with our homies.
It’s like signing away something that you worked real hard on, sometimes it’s hard to say yes. But, in the end it doesn’t really matter because you can just keep writing more music.
If you could tell your past self while you were starting your music anything what would it be?
Timothy: I would say sign more things. Like, we were really skeptical about signing stuff, like a lot of people are. Sometimes it’s just like eh we should’ve probably just signed it and done it.
Thomas: Yeah, a lot of times it’s like okay you can always write another song like let’s not agonize over 2 points in a release plan, let’s just get stuff out.
Timothy: Yeah like the record industry is crazy like the things they make you sign are really intense. It’s like signing away something that you worked real hard on, sometimes it’s hard to say yes. But, in the end it doesn’t really matter because you can just keep writing more music.
Is there anything else you would like to say to the fans?
Timothy: You know, stay gold, use lots of glitter before you go out.
Thomas: And lube.
My hobbies include long walks to the main stage, pretending I know how to shuffle, and searching the Internet for sick new drops.