Interview: Get to know the guys behind Goldfish

They're gearing up for their upcoming album 'Tipping the Scales.'
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They're gearing up for their upcoming album 'Tipping the Scales.'
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South African duo Goldfish have been a massive name in Europe and South Africa, to the point they actually have their own festival in Amsterdam. They've since set their eyes on capturing the ears of America, and have comfortably settled in San Diego to work on their latest projects. 

We sat down with the talented duo as they gear up to release their fifth studio album, to learn more about their music, South Africa, and what we can expect from them in the future! 

Hey Goldfish, thank you guys for taking the time to talk to us. You're absolutely massive in South Africa, but for our readers who may have not quite tapped into South Africa's music scene, how would you describe yourself and what would you want new fans to know about yourself?

Tall dark and ravishingly handsome... Just kidding. We're two guys originally from Cape Town, South Africa, now based in San Diego who love to make live electronic dance music and surf at any opportunity. Between the two of us we play Sax, Flute, Piano, Bass, Guitar and various other instruments. Add humour, a love of sushi and Jazz and you get Goldfish.

You're gearing for your 5th studio album your first in a few years. What prompted you to return to the LP format, and what were your biggest challenges that you had making this album?

We've been on the singles train recently, releasing tracks and collabs, (including tracks with Bakermat, DIMMI, and a Nirvana rework) but we felt it was time to put something together that is a watermark of where we are musically at this point in our lives. You can't beat an album for that.

This forthcoming album Tipping The Scales, due out next year has been really satisfying to record and produce but definitely has had its challenges. We moved country, sold houses and uprooted ourselves mid process, so it has taken a little longer to create with some 'mild' interruptions. Our lives do hang in the balance somewhat. Hence Tipping The Scales.

You've since moved to San Diego, how has the SD rave culture affected your music? Is there a big difference between San Diego's music scene and your home?

I don't think SD has had too much of a chance to rub off on us just yet. We've been touring so much around the world since we have been here, we haven't had much time to soak up the music side of things. The sound electronically Stateside definitely leans more to the bass music and main room EDM side than back in Cape Town, but the tropical and deep house sounds are also universal which is where we come in.

What advice would you have for people who are trying to get into the music industry?

This is a calling, not something you dabble in. You're either all in or you're never going to get past the first hurdle. Your love of music has to be so deep that nothing will stop you from reaching your goals, because plenty of people and circumstances will do their best to convince you otherwise.

This is the best job in the world and you'll never have a boring day in your life.

Finally, what can we expect from you in 2017?

Our new album Tipping The Scales, touring around the world and North America, a San Diego residency and definitely a lot of watertime. Any San Diego surfers wanna show us some secret spots? :)