Interview: Gold Fields – Shedding Light on ‘Black Sun’ – Part 1

For such a young band Gold Fields have quickly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Forming in 2010, the band from Ballarat made a massive splash with debut single Treehouse and have continued to overrun the airwaves with their infectious 2012 single Dark Again (Lights Out).

Now Gold Fields is preparing to release their debut album Black Sun, due out in Australia on Friday, March 8. It’s an album that Gold Fields rerecorded three times before being satisfied with the end result.

Applying the lessons learnt from working with producers Mickey Petralia and Scott Horscroft on the first and second versions of Black Sun, Gold Fields left the studio and completed the third and final version at home.

Although Gold Fields’ decision to scrap the first two renditions of their debut album may seem risky, potentially expensive and perhaps even brash, the electro-pop 5-piece had the courage of their convictions to stay course and can now stand proudly by the finished product.

As singer Mark Fuller and drummer Ryan D’Sylva explain, Gold Fields is a band built on mateship over musical experience whose early success has already surpassed their expectations.

Gold Fields – Part 1

• Is Gold Fields upbeat music a reflection of the close friendships within the band

• Balancing responsibility and recreation on the road

• Managing Expectations

• Producer Mickey Petralia teaching Gold Fields not to clutter tracks

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