Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon landed a spot alongside music megastars at this summer’s Lollapalooza festival – despite what experts reportedly described as mediocre DJ skills.
Solomon, who performs regularly as DJ D-Sol, will be performing at Chicago’s Grant Park during the festival July 28-31. Attendees will spend anywhere from $350 to more than $4,000 to see Solomon alongside well-known acts like Dua Lipa and Machine Gun Kelly.
The Lollapalooza gig is arguably Solomon’s biggest to date – and raised questions about whether the part-time DJ has what it takes to snag such a distinguished spot because of his own musical merits.
“As a subscriber to Goldman Sachs’ Giant Vampire Squid view, I find Lollapalooza’s booking of him ironic [elitist] Tasteless gesture,” said Matt Black, member of English EDM duo Coldcut The Financial Timeswhich polled the top 50 DJs in the world to give their opinion. “There are a lot of good, hungry DJs who could use this space.”
Joel Clements, identified as a four-time DMC World DJ Champion, made similar comments about Solomon’s performance in an interview with the FT.
“I think the real question is why is he booked?” said Clemens. “I can’t help but think that with every set Solomon plays, he’s denying someone else a chance.”
Clements added that Lollapalooza’s booking of Solomon “feels like a PR campaign [Goldman] tastier for a younger generation.”
The FT also attempted to assess Solomon’s actual DJing skills by submitting his mixes to experts for a listening test – with no branding or indication that the Goldman boss created them.
One of the reviews was less than flattering.
“In my opinion, if I brutally watch this cheeseball needs to do a few more bar gigs to learn how to better build a set and gain a deeper knowledge of dance music – not just for obvious, commercial, accessible tracks” , Carl Loben, Editor-in-Chief of DJ Mag, to the FT.
Two others were a little nicer – Andy Raeside, management manager of Colluded Talent, who said one of Solomon’s mixes had “lots of energy and a nice groove” with “transitions and timing”. [that] are pretty much spot on.”
Former Mixmag magazine editor Duncan Dick described Solomon’s mixes as “cheerfully competent and harmless”.
Goldman Sachs officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Solomon’s side hustle seems to have picked up some steam in the last few months. He headlined a star-studded Sports Illustrated Super Bowl party last February reportedly attended by billionaire Jeff Bezos.
He has also played sets at New York venues such as the Hammerstein Ballroom and clubs such as Up & Down and Libation.
In a podcast appearance last December, Solomon said DJing “helps him relax.”
“I have this analytical side of my head that helps me with my professional career in business,” Solomon said on The Sound of Success with Nic Harcourt. “But I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to stimulate the artistic/creative side of my brain, and that makes me feel good.”
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