Where does your artist name, rum.gold, come from?
My last name is Drumgold, but I didn’t want people to think I was a drummer, so I dropped the “d.” When I think back about my music, and how much it’s tied to family and lineage, it’s so important that my last name is my artist name.
What’s your first musical memory?
I was forced to play an instrument. I picked the trumpet because it had three buttons so I thought it would be the easiest choice. I remember my jazz instructor realizing I had a knack for music. One time, when he was trying to gauge who should play a solo, I created a new section of the song for the solo and he was really blown away by it. I won an award for playing that solo in middle school.
You come from the DMV area. What are your thoughts on go-go music? When Kelela did her Take Me Apart remix album, she included a go-go version of the title track. Would you ever do something like that?
I love go-go music. I have a lot of early memories of me and my brothers dancing and beating our feet to it. Go-go is the musical heartbeat of the city. Whenever I hear go-go music, I’m instantly brought back to a specific place and moment in my life. It’s heard everywhere you would go to congregate, such as on street corners and at festivals.