Goldie on Bassgasm 9: Be prepared to have a very dynamic show
Photo by Chelone Wolf
Clifford Price, better known as Goldie, can be hard to pin down. While he is most well-known for being a pioneer of the U.K.'s jungle and drum and bass music movements as well as owner and founder of one of drum and bass' most storied and respected labels, Metalheadz, he is also an actor (appearing in the movies Snatch and The World Is Not Enough) and visual artist.
More than 20 years after he started making music, he is still very busy. His label notched its 100th release last year, which featured a track from Goldie himself. He is still as in demand as ever as a DJ, and his current North American tour includes a stop at First Avenue as the headliner of the latest edition of Woody McBride's First Avenue consuming mega-party, Bassgasm 9.
Gimme Noise connected with Goldie via telephone ahead of his appearance at Bassgasm 9 to discuss his music, his label, and what fans can expect at First Avenue on Saturday.
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In the beginning, what inspired you to make drum and bass/jungle music?
Just the fact that I wanted to be different, and at the time there was no music like it. There was nothing like it, it challenged you sonically, without necessarily having the vocal aspirations or a conventional song as the main narrative. A bit like the way the graffiti movement replaced the landscape painting I guess. It changed the demographic of how we take sound sonically, and that's what I liked about it. I wanted to be a part of that movement.
Metalheadz celebrated its 100th release in 2012, what's next for the label?
We're hitting 20 years next year. There's a few big events, quite a few global events and things we're doing. We're releasing a Platinum Breakz 4 album coming up this year, which is going to be at the end of August or September and has got a lot of newer artists on there. Events-wise, we're going to celebrate being here as an independent for 20 years. I think most labels have been around, but I don't think anyone has a catalog with the consistency or artistic integrity of what our label has, and I think that's very important.
You know things go around in circles, now we're playing these hand-picked gigs, smaller gigs in a club environment, which is where [The London Club] Blue Note came out. Culturally a lot of music is better when it happens like that, and the way that people receive it because they don't forget that.
Are you still as hands-on with the label as you've been in the past?
Yeah, yeah. I pick and choose what I want on the albums. When I hear music that may be on the label to release I choose whether it's you know, going to be that thing. I have to do that. No way around that, really.
Are there any drum and bass or jungle producers or labels, not including Metalheadz, that are exciting to you these days?
I think Narratives put out some good stuff, which is a couple of guys from Bournemouth who are really good. I think they're very pocketed releases but I'm into newer labels who are doing what I've been doing for a while. I'm not sure I'm as excited about the stuff as I used to be. A lot of smaller labels kind of gravitate towards what the Metalheadz sound is. Sometimes we will work with, like I think DBridge's label, the Mosaic stuff I really like, but DBridge is a Metalheadz artist in his own right.
You're known for being an artist and actor as well as a producer and DJ, do you prefer doing one to the other or do you try to strike a balance?
I just do it all. I spent two years doing an art collection. When I look back at these paintings I'm thinking "Shit, where do I find the time?" cause they average, you know, three to four weeks per piece, that's two years of my life. I have seasons with music. In the winter, I'll go back and be doing an album in the winter, and in the summer I will paint more.
Are there any actors, directors, or visual artists that you'd like to work with?
Strangeloop, I'll be working with in the winter. I really like his stuff. He's on tour with Flying Lotus at the moment.
Have you ever performed in Minneapolis before?
I played there, I think Prince used to own a club there many years ago, going back about twenty years. We did one of our live shows there. We passed through there, definitely.
What can attendees look forward to during your set at Bassgasm 9?
I don't know, look for me, I'll be behind the decks playing! I'll be playing all the Metalheadz stuff, some of my joints, mainly the headz stuff. Be prepared to have a very dynamic show. You'll be hearing a lot of dynamic drum and bass music from different angles, which is what it's all about. It's all very linear.
Bassgasm 9, with Goldie, Beat Pharmacy, Mochipet, and 70+ other acts. 18+, 5 PM until 2 AM, $18 in advance/$20 at the door, Saturday, July 13. Click here for more info.
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