Goldie biography

Last update: 2008-07-16 12:33:11

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

He is of Jamaican 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 Reans and Heath Town areas of Wolverhampton, 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 Birmingham and Wolverhampton was featured heavily in Afrikaa Bambaataa's documentary Bombing (which was broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK).

He took part in the largest ever British graffiti art battle alongside Bristol 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 Miami, a business which he continued after his return to England in 1988, and turned into his trademark.

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.[2]

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[3], was a huge hit in the jungle scene, and is noted for pioneering the use of timestretching[2]. 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.

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.

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[4], described as a coming-of-age story of a young paintbrush artist, and in 2006 announced its soundtrack as his new album.[5] As of 2008, album and film have not been released yet.

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, Teebee, Cujo, Agzilla Da Ice, Doc Scott and Rob Playford

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