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Goldie

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Goldie at a rave in Springfield, Massachusetts (taken in 2003)

Clifford Price, better known as Goldie (born December 28, 1965 in Wolverhampton) is a British electronic music artist, disc jockey, and actor. As a musician he works mainly within the jungle and drum and bass genres, and has helped to promote these styles globally. As an actor he continues to develop his skills both on the big screen and on TV.

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Graffiti

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Goldie pauses mid project (1985)
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Goldie admires a mural he helped create (1985)
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Goldie and NOC 167 taken in New York City (1985)

Goldie earned his name as a graffiti artist in the West Midlands in the early eighties, his artwork around Birmingham and Wolverhampton featured heavily in Afrikaa Bambaataa's feature film documentary Bombing (which was broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK).

He took part in the largest ever British graffiti art battle along side Bristol artist 3D who later went onto form Massive Attack. He is also mentioned for his graffiti in the book Spraycan Art by Henry Chalfant & James Prigoff, which contains several samples of his art.

In 1986 he moved to Miami, Florida and started a business selling engraved gold teeth, something he has turned into a trademark.

Music career

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Cover to the album Timeless (released in 1995) [1] (http://www.discogs.com/release/140303)
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Cover to the DJ mix Goldie.co.uk (released in 2001) [2] (http://www.discogs.com/release/111392)

In 1992 he collaborated with Icelanders Thorhallur Skulason and Sigurbjorn Thorgrimsson on his first track as Ajax Project while he was doing some design and A&R work for 4 Hero's Reinforced label.

His releases Killa Muffin b/w Krisp Buscuit and the Dark Rider EP (featuring the classic Menace) were put out under an early moniker Rufige Kru on Reinforced.

His track Terminator recorded under the name Metalheads in 1992 was a huge hit. In 1993 he released another classic 12" on the Synthetic Hardcore Phonography label, Angel. 1994 saw him setting up his own record label, Metalheadz. The label was a huge success releasing some of the most important 12"s of that era and remains hugely successful and respected to this day.

His first globally released album, Timeless, followed in 1995. Timeless shot straight into the album charts at number seven, which was a first for a drum 'n' bass record. The album fused the breakbeats and basslines common in jungle with orchestral textures and soulful female vocals. The album's title track was a 21-minute symphonic piece. "Inner City Life" from that album sold over 15,000 copies on vinyl.

With his reputation firmly established, he released his second album in 1998, Saturnzreturn. The album's opening track, "Mother" is also an hour long orchestral drum and bass piece. The remainder of the album features appearances by David Bowie, Noel Gallagher of Oasis, and KRS-One.

Selected Album discography

Selected Mix discography

  • INCredible Sound Of Drum'n'Bass – (1999)
  • Goldie.co.uk – (2001)
  • MDZ.04 – (2004)

Acting career

Goldie has had roles in movies, most notably the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough and in Guy Ritchie's gangster flick, Snatch. He has also acted on the British soap opera EastEnders.

Goldie has also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2002 to aid of a number of charities. As a TV presenter he presented Crime Business on digital TV channels Bravo and ftn, and presented The World's Deadliest Gangs on Bravo.

Marriage and Personal life

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Goldie and wife Sonjia Ashby seen outside the film premiere for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

He is currently married to Sonjia Ashby, although he was romantically involved with singer Björk for several years (they broke up around September 19 1996). Goldie is well known for efforts to keep his private life out of the tabloids, and spends great effort to avoid having his photo taken during his downtime.

External links

Interviews

  • Goldie - biting through (http://www.nigelberman.co.uk/feature1_nov2002.htm) – Interview by Jan Goodey
  • The War is Over (http://www.techno.de/mixmag/interviews/goldie.html)Mixmag Interview by Tony Marcus
  • Saturnz Return (http://www.techno.de/mixmag/97.09/Goldie.a.html)Mixmag Interview by Matthew Collin about the release of his album Saturnz Return.

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