Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, who moonlights as a techno DJ, will perform at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival as DJ D-Sol.
Solomon will join singers such as Dua Lipa, Metallica, Doja Cat and Green Day at Chicago’s famous four-day party.
While Solomon makes frequent appearances at smaller clubs in Miami and New York, Lollapalooza is his biggest performance to date.
Tough Solomon – who has sparked controversy with his part-time DJ gigs amid complaints from junior bankers over 100-hour workweeks – has defended spinning records, saying it helps his balance “left brain, brain law”.
The 60-year-old finance titan said in a podcast last year that his sideways scramble first raised eyebrows at Goldman, saying he was told: ‘You can’t do this…it will hurt your professional career.”
“I thought about it and said, ‘I like it, I’m not doing anything wrong,'” Solomon said. “I’m having fun…it makes me feel good.”
A source close to Solomon said that despite his tough management style, many Goldman employees have now accepted and even embraced their boss’s DJ habit.
“People respect the commitment and he works hard on it,” the source said. His gigs set an example for Goldmanites to find activities outside of the office and made it more approachable and accessible to younger employees, the source added.
Still, others say Solomon’s musical pursuits have occasionally rubbed employees the wrong way. Last summer, on the eve of calling employees back to the office, he released a new single called “Learn to Love Me.”
The apparitions also put him in hot water.
In the summer of 2020, Solomon opened for The Chainsmokers at a charity event in the Hamptons which was criticized for violating social distancing guidelines. The concert sparked so much anger that then-Governor Cuomo said the Department of Health would investigate the performance.
A spokesperson declined to comment on Solomon’s performance.
The Lollapaolooza event will take place July 28-31 at Chicago’s Grant Park with tickets ranging from $350 to over $4,000. Lollapalooza has been on hiatus since the coronavirus outbreak but drew nearly 400,000 at the last festival in 2019.
New York Post