During a busy and productive Miami Music Week, I got the chance to catch up with the Capetonian group Goldfish. Comprised of Dominic Peters and David Poole, the live electronic duo can play piano, guitar, double bass, drums, sax (tenor and soprano), flute, clarinet, and electric bass. I know, it’s insane right? If this is your first time hearing of this talented group, you are in for a treat.
We dive into their first gig on the party capital of the world, Ibiza, their favorite Tequila, their involvement in projects to better the planet and more. Enjoy this playlist while you take a dip into our South Beach chat.
During one of your first gigs in Ibiza, you were set to play before Pete Tong. About 10 minutes beforehand, there was a certain cable that the venue couldn’t locate. Tell us more about that day. What did you learn?
We learned “have lots of cables.” Even if you don’t think you are going to need it, you are probably going to need it. To this day, we carry lots of RCA connectors. We were staying at a German spring break hot spot. The promoters were providing us with free accommodations as long as we played in the club. Somehow we got this offer to play before Pete Tong. During the process of setting up, we realized we didn’t have a cable. Dave ran upstairs and found a box of “cable soup.” The musical director of Pacha Ibiza ended up seeing us play and offered us a slot. That opened a record deal and a residency for 4 or 5 years. So that cable and being at the right place at the right time was a huge part of our career success.
I guess this is a good time to ask, from Sea Bass of course, what is your go to brand of Tequila?
Dom: For everyday drinking, Casamigos is pretty solid
Dave: Don Julio 70. If you are feeling a little “zooty”, maybe a little Don Julio 1942. Honestly, the best tequila was when we were in Mexico. I don’t even remember the name. I think they are hiding stuff from us in Mexico. There is so much amazing tequila out there waiting to be drank.
If we were to visit Cape Town, where would you take us?
Wow, that is a huge loaded question. Obviously, the first thing you’re going to do is to visit one of the amazing beaches. You get to experience the mountain vistas and the beach. You want to go up Lion’s Head to get a true perspective of the peninsula. Test Kitchen is a staple and Luke makes some sensational cuisine. Wine farms you got to. It’s like a mix between Napa, Colorado and the best beaches you ever been to.
Where do you see the world of live performances in the electronic spectrum progressing?
It is the future. Having some sort of live aspect to your performance is going to be a requirement. The audience is going to demand it. It won’t be enough to just sit up on a stage and DJ in the future. At least from an entertainment perspective. If the artist themselves don’t play instruments, you are seeing singers and other studio musicians joining them onstage. A DJ could be anyone. Obviously, the people on the mainstage of ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL are there because of what they have done in the industry.
What album(s) took you be surprise in the last 6 months?
I don’t think it is necessarily albums, because very few people are releasing albums these days. It is easier for me to look at my spotify. No internet. Oh sorry, next question. There is this guy from France that samples Charlie Parker in this deep rolling house track. It’s beautiful track that disarms you. We play it in our sets. When someone makes a song like that, it’s a lovely thing, because you just don’t expect it these days. His name is Time and the song is called, “Bird.” You can stream it below:
While on the road, how do you share the culture of your home with the world?
Dom: Dave is a Biltong aficionado. Biltong is a South African version of beef jerky. When we say it cannot be put into the same category is because it is about 40 times nicer than beef jerky. Especially the one that Dave makes. It’s a form of cured, dried beef which he slices. It is almost semi rare in the middle like parma ham. Everyone we give it to says, “why have we never had this before.”
Dave: You can order it on Amazon, but it is very expensive and it is not the best.
Can you tell us about the projects and programs you are involved with that aim to better the planet?
We are kind of involved with two at the moment. One of them is not using single use plastic. They promote it by doing beach cleanup projects. We teamed up with these guys from London called the Orca Project. They have been helping us set up these installations all around the world. We did one in Miami during Music Week, we did on in New York City, Amsterdam. We are big surfers and outdoors lovers. We feel close to it. We like to put our profile to good use. I don’t know if you have been following what they have been saying, but by 2050 scientists predict there to be more plastic in this Earth’s oceans than wildlife.
The second thing we are doing is working with the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. They focus primarily on children. They do a lot of work with underprivileged communities all over Africa. They have been raising funds to renovate the hospital. They are actually building a new wing. The fundraiser goal is $10 million dollars. We gave them a song to use for the advertisement to raise awareness about the project.
What did you leave behind in 2018 (something that impeded your growth as an artist or individual)?
Your past experiences shape your future. Sometimes you just have to let go of the negative ones and not let them affect the way you perceive the future. They can negatively affect how you move forward and stop you from getting to where you want in life. We are all our own worst enemies.