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Clifford Joseph Price, better known as Goldie (born 19 September 1965) is an Englishmarker electronic music artist, disc jockey, visual artist, and actor. As a musician he works mainly within the jungle and drum and bass genres, and has helped to promote these styles globally.

Early life, graffiti

He is of Jamaicanmarker and Scottish heritage. He was put up for adoption and raised in child-care homes and by several foster parents.

Price was a member of a breakdance crew Westside, based in the Whitmore Reansmarker and Heath Townmarker areas of Wolverhamptonmarker, in the 1980s. He later joined a breakdance crew called the Bboys, and made his name as a graffiti artist in the West Midlands. His artwork around Birminghammarker and Wolverhamptonmarker was featured heavily in Afrikaa Bambaataa's documentary Bombing.

He took part in the largest ever British graffiti art battle alongside Bristolmarker artist Robert "3D" Del Naja, who later formed Massive Attack. He is also mentioned for his graffiti in the book Spraycan Art by Henry Chalfant and James Prigoff, which contains several samples of his art.

He moved to the US and started selling grills (gold teeth) in New York and Miamimarker, a business which he continued after his return to England in 1988, and turned into his trademark.

Music career

Drum and bass

By 1991, Price had become fascinated by the British breakbeat music scene; and his girlfriend, DJ Kemistry, introduced him to the pioneering jungle/drum'n'bass producers Dennis 'Dego' McFarlane and Mark 'Marc Mac' Clair, known as 4hero.

In 1992, Price released his first track as Ajax Project. At the same time, he did design and A&R work for 4hero's Reinforced label.

His releases "Killa Muffin" b/w "Krisp Biscuit" and the Dark Rider EP were put out under an alias, Rufige Cru. More recently, he has used the alias Rufige Kru to release collaborations with other producers such as Heist.

His track "Terminator", released under the name Metalheads (sic) in 1992, was a huge hit in the jungle scene, and is noted for pioneering the use of timestretching. In 1993 he released "Angel", another 12" on the Synthetic Hardcore Phonography label. 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.

Goldie next to another person's "Timeless" tattoo, 2001
His first globally released album, Timeless, followed in 1995. Timeless shot straight into the 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 soul vocals by Diane Charlemagne. The album's title track was a 21-minute symphonic piece. Inner City Life, a track taken from the album, sold over 15,000 copies on vinyl, reaching number 21 in the UK charts.

With his reputation firmly established, Price released his second album in 1998, Saturnz Return. The album's opening track, "Mother", is 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.

In 2002, Price said that he had been working for three years on a film called Sine Tempus, described as a coming-of-age story of a young paintbrush artist, and in 2006 announced its soundtrack as his new album. The album was released via the metalheadz website in 2008. The film is still listed as 'forthcoming'.

Price is also known for his work as the leader of the Rufige Kru. This group has no fixed members; it has included some of most well-known drum and bass producers such as Technical Itch, Heist, Cujo, Agzilla Da Ice, Doc Scott and Rob Playford.

Classical music

During August and September 2008 the BBC broadcast Maestro, a reality television show in which eight celebrities, including Price, learned to conduct a concert orchestra. Price was placed second, behind Sue Perkins.

On 31 July 2009 the first of a two-part television programme Classic Goldie was broadcast showing how, in the wake of his success in the Maestro programme, he learns to write a score for a large orchestra and choir. The resulting composition entitled Sine tempore (Timeless) and commissioned by the BBC was performed at two children's Promenade concerts in the Royal Albert Hallmarker on 1st and 2nd August 2009, a concert which featured music connected with Charles Darwin and the creation and evolution of the world .

Selected album discography

* Timeless – (1995)
* Saturnzreturn – (1998)
* Ring of Saturn – (1999)
* Goldie.co.uk – (2001)
* MDZ05 – (2005)
* Drum and Bass Arena: The Classics – (2006)
* Malice in Wonderland – (2007)
* Sine Tempus – (2009)


Selected singles discography

* Inner City Life (12") FFRR 1994
* Angel (12") FFRR, FFRR 1995
* Jah / Deadly Deep Subs (Remixes) (12") Razors Edge 1996
* Digital (12") FFRR 1997
* Kemistry V.I.P. / Your Sound (Remixes) (12") Razors Edge 1997
* Moving Shadow 100 (CD, Maxi) Rhythm Republic 1997
* Shadow 100 (12") Moving Shadow 1997
* Believe (12") FFRR 1998
* Temper Temper (12") FFRR 1998
* Angel III / Sinister (The Remixes) (12") Razors Edge 2004
* Say You Love Me (12") Metalheadz 2005


Selected mix discography

* INCredible Sound of Drum'n'Bass – (1999)
* Goldie.co.uk – (2001)
* MDZ.04 – (2004)
* D&B Arena Classics – (2006)
* Watch the Ride – (2008)


Acting and television career

Price has appeared in several films, most notably the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough and Guy Ritchie's Snatch. He also played gangster Angel Hudson, in the British soap opera EastEnders (2001 - 2002).

Price has starred in Everybody Loves Sunshine (1999) (UK title) AKA B.U.S.T.E.D (US title) with David Bowie.

He hosted Crime Business on digital TV channels Bravo and ftn, as well as presenting The World's Deadliest Gangs on Bravo in 2001.

In the late 1980's a young Price appeared on Central Weekend, a Friday evening topical debate show on Central TV, promoting graffiti as an artform. He also had a small documentary made about his art on Here & Now Central TV. He also appeared on various young peoples TV shows as part of breakdance crew, the Bboys from Wolverhampton. In 1995 he appeared on Passengers as well as a Channel 4 documentary about himself in 1998.

Price also appeared on the second series of Celebrity Big Brother UK in 2002; he was the first celebrity to be "evicted".

He was scheduled to appear in The Games, a UK reality TV show on Channel 4. During training for the water-ski jump event, he fractured his femur, and was unable to take part in the show. He was replaced by Adam Rickitt.

In August 2009 Goldie appeared in a short film to support the Help Give Them A Voice campaign to recruit social workers. He played a young mum saying of his contribution "I've had first hand experience of this. On my estate I'd go past windows and hear babies crying and mums losing it" in text quoted on the website to support the campaign.

As an author

In 2002 Hodder & Stoughton published Price's autobiography Nine Lives, which he wrote with Paul Gorman.

Recent art

In 2007 Goldie returned to the art world with an art exhibition 'LOVE OVER GOLD' managed by Eddie Lock. which ran at the Leonard street gallery.

In 2008 he teamed up with Pete Tong to provide much of the artwork for Tong's new Wonderland club night at Eden nightclub in San Antonio Ibiza.

Goldie also had an exhibition in Berlin, 13th - 26 June 2008

In April 2009, Goldie's "Kids Are All Riot" exhibition took place in Shoreditch, London. His long-awaited screenprint "Apocalypse Angel" was released to coincide with this recent restrospective of the artist's prolific works and originals.

Personal life

At the beginning of the 1990s, Price had a relationship with drum and bass artist Kemistry, who died in a car accident in 1999. He was romantically involved with singer Björk for several years until their break up around 19 September 1996. Price also dated supermodels Stella Tennant and Naomi Campbell, and in the 2000s married model Sonjia Ashby, but was divorced around 2005. As of 2003, he had five children. Price generally keeps his private life out of the tabloids, and spends great effort to avoid having his photo taken during his downtime. As of 2006, he lived in a country house in Bovingdonmarker, Hertfordshiremarker, which he bought in 1998.

Goldie appeared on 20th June 2009 with his girlfriend of two years, Mika on ITV1's All Star Mr and Mrs with Philip Schofield and Fern Britton

References

  1. Goldie: lookin' back. The Independent online, 13 January 2006
  2. BBC Proms programme, 1 August 2009


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