Interview: Goldfish

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Photography by Maria Simon

Meet Goldfish – aka David Poole and Dominic Peters Goldfish. An amazing hybrid of the modern DJ and a live band, the pair hail from South Africa and are now bringing an entirely new musical element to the Ibiza scene. After first arriving in 2006 on a holiday and talking their way into a gig at Café Mambo, which led to being offered a set that night in Pacha’s Global Room, they now have a weekly residency on Thursdays at Blue Marlin, monthly slots at Pacha and call Ibiza their home for four months of the year.

So tell us – what led you from South Africa to Ibiza?
David:
We’d always heard about it, seen it in magazines and we were coming over to play a gig at the Cannes Lions Festival advertising awards, so we decided well, we’re almost in Ibiza so lets pop over…
Dominic:
We love all forms of electronic music and Ibiza is the mecca for that. We ended up blagging a gig at Mambo before Pete Tong and it was the right place at the right time.

What’s kept you coming back here every year since?

Dominic: You could say what keeps 5 million other people coming back every year – it’s just the most magical island and the most inspiring place whether you’re into music or nature.
David:
We love the vibe of Ibiza, it’s an awesome hub of music in Europe. It’s very similar to Cape Town as well, quite seasonal with a lot of tourists in the summer, a great melting pot of people. We’ve been doing the endless summer for three years now.
Dominic:
Every year we come back and feel a little bit more at home. Only there’s no surf!

Favourite places on the island?
Both:
The Fish Shack!
David:
We’re definitely fond of the cliff jump there…
Dominic:
It’s exactly what Ibiza should be about. It’s unpretentious, the freshest seafood, you’ve got to wait, the people who work there don’t just welcome you in – you have to earn their respect.

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Photography by Maria Simon

Do you prefer to play in clubs, or outdoors like at Blue Marlin?
David:
When we play the outdoor venues like Blue Marlin, we play for two hours, which means we can mess around, stretch out and play to our strengths. The clubs are quite regimented – you only get half an hour to a 45-minute set.
Dominic:
It’s totally different, though funnily enough we sometimes play quite a few of the same songs but they sound different, not just because of the sound system but because the environment shapes the reaction. The manic wild jumping up and down is just awesome, and I think these beautiful surroundings are about as good as it gets.

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Photography by Maria Simon


Anywhere else you’d like to play in Ibiza?

David: We’d like to play everywhere! Obviously it’s difficult, you choose your path, you can’t just go and whore yourself out there but we’d love to play the openings, like the opening party of Space.
Dominic:
We’ve got a couple ideas for some cool underground parties… we’ve been eyeing out the Zoo Project – we’ll play anywhere!

Do you think live music has become more accepted on the island in the last couple of years?
Dominic:
The first year I came here I was expecting to see all live acts and I was quite shocked that I wasn’t seeing more. It seemed that Paco Fernandez at Blue Marlin was all there was, and then slowly but surely the live thing came in, with Ibiza rocks. There seems to be more and more now, which is exciting because as much as I love DJs, I love live music. The combination of the two is where magic can happen.
David: It’s the way of the future – I wouldn’t say people are getting bored with DJs but a lot of people are looking for something more and it’s great that big clubs are embracing it.

This story was published on July 28, 2010

Goldfish at Blue Marlin Beach Club: 22/07/10

Photography by Federico Capoano