Goldfish cruise into London on

Goldfish cruise into London on crest of American wave

Fresh from a hugely successful American tour, trailblazing Capetonian electric act Goldfish will be bringing the party to London on the Easter weekend. They tell us about repping South Africa, hanging out with Carl Cox and gathering groupies in the USA.

Goldfish cruise into London on

Goldfish Ibiza Shoot 2 Greg EwingMulti-instrumentalist electronic duo Goldfish bring their live show to the Electric Brixton on Sunday 20 April, which is Easter Sunday with Bank Holiday Monday to follow – so no worries about staying out late for those lucky enough to get tickets.

Veterans of summer residencies at clubs in Ibiza and regulars at festivals across Europe and back home in South African, this is a rare chance to catch them in London. Enhancing studio mixes and samples with live saxophones, double bass, keyboards and solid house beats, the band’s appearances have won over audiences across the world.

We tracked down band members Dominic Peters and David Poole for an update.

You’re coming to the end of the USA leg of the 13/14 World Tour. How’s it going?

It’s been incredible. We can’t believe the response we have had Stateside. We have some crazy fans over here… baking us cakes, making us crazy Goldfish merch, and generally being enthusiastic. Almost all of the shows have sold out too so we are stoked.

What are your highlights? 

Touring America is kind of a personal milestone for any act. Not sucking at it is even more gratifying…and playing Ultra Music Festival (in Miami) was amazing as always. Sensory overload!

A funny story or two?

Listening to Howard Stern for three hours straight in the tour bus on the way to New York… we were in hysterics the whole way. Everything he was talking about is unprintable though.

Who have you met along the way? 

Hanging out at Ultra means you bump into countless DJs and acts… Carl Cox, Fedde le Grand, Pete Tong, Nic Fanciulli… Paris Hilton even came and said hi. It was a short conversation.

Looking forward to the European section – it’s a whistlestop tour – any plans for a return visit later this year?

We’re constantly in and out of Europe all the time plus of course Ibiza this summer… our management and EU team are lining up a crazy summer of festivals and shows.

You’re headlining at the Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam. On previous tours you’ve played the MelkWeg. How’ve you enjoyed playing at these top Dutch venues?

Playing in Amsterdam is always insane. We have the most incredible fans in Holland and lets face it — Holland has some of the best venues in the world to play. We’ve been lucky enough to play most of them. The Olympic stadium should be one for the record books though!

goldfish pic 3Are you planning to spend more time in the UK on your visit?

I’m not actually sure of our schedule yet so if we have a day or two we always like hanging out in London, we’ve got a lot of friends and family here.

How could we persuade you to spend more time in the UK?

Can you make it a bit more sunny?

I know you love the surf. Have you checked out the waves in Cornwall?

Not yet, the closest we have got is Ireland and Biarritz while we have been on tour, but maybe one of these days we’ll make it down to Cornwall, it looks super fun.

London has hosted Freshlyground several times and Dom’s little brother Ben, with Goodluck. Any thoughts for a big gathering of South African acts or a mini-tour together some time?

You never know! We all have such crazy schedules sometimes it’s close to impossible to sync up…

You’ve enjoyed multiple residencies in Cape Town with Submerged Sundays and in Ibiza at Blue Marlin and other clubs. Any thoughts about finding a suitable venue in the UK and basing yourselves here for a stint?

Too many places to go, too little time! The eternal problem.

Has there been time to stop off in studios? If so, who have you worked with? 

We’re working on a collab with Dutch artist Bakermat which is sounding super hot.

Do you have any news on upcoming new tracks and releases? 

We have a new remix package out for our track ‘Moonwalk Away’, featuring remixes by Lexer, Alle Farben and a special Goldfish remix, so keep an eye out for that.

You must be one of the hardest working bands with all the travelling on top of the appearances. No rest even on your return to SA with homecoming gigs in Sandton and back at The Waterfront, CT. How do you keep the energy levels going? 

When you love what you do it doesn’t ever feel like work.

Interview by Tim Hillyer

Goldfish appear at the Electric, Brixton on Sunday 20 April. A few tickets are still available. They will be joined by Berlin based young talent Wankelmut – known for his rolling Techno plus hits One Day Reckoning and My Head is a Jungle ft. Emma Louise.



Electric Brixton website

We review Goldfish’s latest album, Three Second Memory