Mini-Feature: GoldFish – Fun in the Aquarium

30th April 2021

I woke up to a distinct chill on the air and the first snow on our side of Lesotho’s Maluti Mountains. The weather certainly called for something to keep me warm and it came in the form one of South Africa’s top international EDM duo’s, GoldFish. Thanks to them I bounced my way through my morning chores and set a happy mood for an otherwise grey day.

In action at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Photo www. goldfishlive.com

Goldfish is the story of two Cape Town guys who embraced the world of EDM and, in return, were embraced straight back. Their incorporation of Jazz and African vibes in their feel-good brand of Dance music has gone on to entertain crowds from Cape Town to Ibiza and with good reason.

Dominic Peters and David Poole met while studying Jazz in Cape Town and playing House parties at night. These mild-mannered students started laying down some tracks with one saxophone, a double bass and a couple of synths, and in 2006 the release of the debut album, ‘Caught in the Loop’, which caught the attention not only of the fans, but also some big names in the EDM world.

With the release of the brilliant ‘Perceptions of Pascha’ album in 2008, they set a record for the most SAMA (South African Music Award) nominations, ever. Of the eight categories they were in the running for they won Best Engineer and Best Dance Album, and world-recognition when they were nominated (but didn’t win) for the Best Alternative Album at the MTV Africa Award in 2008.

I am a sucker for good dance music and often slap on a GoldFish playlist, or one of the excellent full mixes that are available on YouTube and Spotify as background music to bop around the house too. It stands to reason that if I am a GoldFish fan, there must be more of you out there to join my aquarium today.

I’m starting the threesome with a track from the ‘Perceptions of Pascha’ album. It was the first track of theirs that I threw myself around a dancefloor to, and it still puts a spring in my day 12 years later – here’s ‘Fort Knox’. Even non-EDM fans have to admit that this is a kicker of a song.

GoldFish may not have won their first MTV Africa nomination, but that changed in 2014 when they were named the Best Pop Group in the 2014 awards. This level of recognition has seen our two local Capetonians open for artists like Fat Boy Slim, Stereo MC’s, Faithless and Paul Van Dyk and later in their career perform alongside Will.I.Am, Basement Jaxx and Paul Oakenfold.

They became known to millions of Americans when their song ‘A New Way’ to Roll’ was used in the KIA Hamster advert, something that only helped boost their success The cult-like following they have built up in the club scene sees fans following them around the world to catch their performances at the major festivals. And what a performance it is, with a live mix of vocals, synths, keyboards combined with their signature instruments, sax and double bass. It has been said that within the opening number, Goldfish can turn a sedate dancefloor into something resembling a crowd at a football match.

Here’s a track from the 2017 album ‘Late Night People’ I have to bite my tongue when some self-professed music lover says that club music is rubbish and for people who can’t play a real instrument. I could write volumes as a reply, but is it worth it? I know that there are enough of us out there who have room in their lives for all genres of music, and appreciate how clever and talented these two local heroes are. My video clip for today is of Goldfish performing ‘Colours and Lights’ at Laroc in Brazil.

To finish our time swimming with the GoldFish I’ve chosen a track that was released in December 2020 and a video that continues the animated hero theme that they have used in their releases throughout their career. This time it covers the doomed and anguished love life of the character GoldFish and his dream woman, Fish Princess. All the action takes place at Elong Tusk’s Martian Club. (Gotta love these guys!)

I checked out their official website and am happy to report that GoldFish are back on the road from the 1st May with a new series of shows stretching into September at the moment. Hopefully COVID and its variants will allow this talented duo to get out there and do what they do best.

While exploring the site I came across a lovely idea for aspiring sax players. In the blog section you’ll find the sheet music for both tenor and alto sax and the challenge to viewers to share their renditions with the band. I like that kind of fan inclusion.

To quote a GoldFish review on duo’s Facebook page: “Their burnished grooves are rooted in pure pop pleasure, hooking even the most cautious listener onto the dance floor (without next-day regret). After seven years basing themselves between Cape Town and Ibiza, Dom and Dave have settled in San Diego to concentrate on the burgeoning US market. A consistent string of chart-topping hits — and a live show that has seen countless festival appearances from Coachella to Glastonbury — has helped Goldfish become one of the most enduring and influential groups in live electronic music” Not bad for a pair of mild-mannered music students from Cape Town!

Here’s ‘Everything Changes’ featuring Julia Church on vocals. For my friends in the North, enjoy the warmer days; for those down here in the South, stay warm. Catch you soon.

All Photos from the official GoldFish website and accredited to  www.visionseven.co.uk 


The Loving the Music mini-features are written and compiled by me to support Loving the Music’s Facebook page and group. Join the community for regular themed three-part posts that does more than just share a song.

The Author owns no copyright on the images or videos in this article. All images and links sourced from YouTube and Google and within the public domain.

Words © Andrew Knapp 2021

Published by Loving the Music

I am a music-lover who has been fortunate enough to live through six-decades of ever-changing musical styles and genres. Loving the Music is my eclectic collection of regular music-related mini-features and whatever else tickles my musical fancy. You can also find me on the Loving the Music Facebook group and page. Happy listening - Andrew Knapp

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