Goldfish: “I went in to the crowd and spoke to these kids and they were telling is how much they hated EDM! So that was really refreshing to hear; things having musical value is really important to us.”
Goldfish are Dominic Peters and David Poole, an electronic live act from Cape Town, South Africa. They might also be one of the scene’s most talented double acts, with their penchant for a vast array of instruments endearing them to a legion of fans in various far-flung corners of the globe such as Miami, Amsterdam and Ibiza. With their fourth studio album having dropped recently, the boys are also very much at the peak of their powers, with Three Second Memory a captivating insight into a practically peerless talent for churning out infectious grooves and catchy-as-hell melodies. But what makes them tick? Well, there’s no better place to find out than in the boy’s own backyard, which is exactly what Data Transmission did, as we descended upon South Africa for a week long sojourn which ultimately proved a fascinating insight into the lives of two seriously accomplished producers. And as we soon discovered, there’s nothing quite like catching the guys play on their own turf. As celebrated as it is, it almost feels like the Goldfish party is just getting started…
Can you please introduce yourself to people who don’t know you?
Dom: We are Goldfish, we’re two guys from Cape Town who grew up here and hardly spend any time here any more! We’re a live electronic music duo who make music with sax, double bass, flute, piano, vocals, clarinet and more. We both have degrees in music from the University of Cape Town, and between us, we play about 10 different instruments.
Dave: We started off playing in a traditional jazz band before we started Goldfish. Dom was playing double bass and I was playing tenor sax. We used to do a long drive outside of the city every week for shows, and on the journey we’d listen to guys like Jamiroquai and Kruder & Dorfmeister and Moby etc. That gave us a synergy and it’s sort of grown since then.
And at what stage did you decide to go electronic?
Dom: Well there was that music, but it was also because the technology became more available. How we started compared with what we’re doing now is incredible. Back then it was all hardware stuff; now nearly everything is on software. We started off with a shitty computer but we somehow made it work. Live hardware sequencers…we’ve grown up from that!
Did you go to a lot of clubs and raves as teenagers then?
Dom: There wasn’t so much live stuff going on with electronic music back then that we were actually into. Even now, it’s pretty much the same. A lot of the stuff we wanted to make didn’t even exist. I guess the first sort of dance music that resonated with me was drum n’ bass. Cape Town has – and still has – a very healthy drum n’ bass scene, and that made a big impression on me from the off.
Dave: Yeah, but we were jazz musicians, and we were listening to Miles Davis and John Coltrane and all these guys, but suddenly we heard it in a much different context, like with St.Germain. House beats with jazz… it was the perfect combo and it worked so well. Dance music is such a fantastic structure that’s always building to something, and that really appealed to us: that energy and imparting it into the crowd.
Who and what influences you now?
Dave: Well, guys who are doing something similar to us now…it’s like we’ve finally found some friends! When we hear guys like Bakermat, Klangkarussell and Wankelmut, we do wonder where they’ve been all our lives! There’s a lot of great deep house that we’re really digging like Culoe du Song and Black Coffee, and guys like Breach we’re loving. Even if it’s not what we sound like, we take influences from it all. Joris Voorn is like our production god. He’s consistent and brings out so much great stuff. It’s like the melody is coming back, which is really exciting for us. When we played in France, we played with Bakermat, and 2000 French kids raged for 6 hours to jazzy house music. I went in to the crowd and spoke to these kids and they were telling is how much they hated EDM! So that was really refreshing to hear; things having musical value is really important to us.
So there’s more to it than just throwing cakes in to a crowd is what you’re saying?
Dom: (laughs) Yes, of course there is! Check out the video to our track, ”One Million Views”, and you’ll know exactly what we mean!
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