Profile: Goldie


Goldie started his career as a member of a breakdance crew in Wolverhampton, and made his name as a graffiti artist in the West Midlands. He moved to New York for a while and started selling gold teeth, a business he continued when he returned to England in 1988 and turned into his trademark. He became fascinated by the British breakbeat music scene, and released his first track in 1992.

Goldie became famous for his best-selling album Timeless, which shot straight into the charts at no. 7 and sold over 250,000 copies. The album fused the breakbeats and basslines common in jungle with orchestral textures and soul vocals, and its title track was a 21-minute symphonic piece.

For the last few years, Goldie has DJd all over the world. He works mainly within the jungle and drum and bass genres, and has helped to promote these styles globally. He is also a successful actor, featuring in several big-budget films, most famously the James Bond film The World is Not Enough in 1999. He also starred in Snatch (2000) and The Ninth Gate (1999) with Johnny Depp. In 2001 Goldie played Angel in EastEnders.

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

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Memorable Quotes

There are some similarities between classical music and drum’n’bass - if you don’t know it, you don’t get it.

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