Goldfish are on the verge of releasing their new album, Three Second Memory, both in South Africa and internationally at the Amsterdam Dance Event on Friday, 18th October in Holland, a country where they have had immense success as shown in this video. We put one half of the dazzling duo, Dom Peters, in the Redseat to ask them about hate posts, Ibiza and how a lot of EDM has become disposable…
Your One Million Views Video – you guys got some interesting ‘hate posts’ re: your comical dig at button pushers. How has the response been internally in the industry. Any negative feedback from any of the artists shown in the video, or their management or fans?
Goldfish: Ha-ha. That was bound to happen – some people like to be keyboard warriors with big talk online. It’s the internet way, haters gonna hate… But the main thing is even Deadmau5 got it and agreed. He commented on our YouTube saying something like ‘Hahaha love it. 10/10 this is pretty much what is going on right now’ It definitely wasn’t a diss of Daft Punk or Deadmau5 like some people are saying, they are completely missing the message. We grew up listening to Daft Punk and they have always been huge inspirations for us anyway. If you took it the wrong way then maybe the truth hurts?
The new album: finally getting released in October at ADE and locally. I saw online that your mastering engineer reckoned you have some serious hits on your hands. How’ve the new tunes been faring over in Ibiza and Europe in the shows?
Goldfish: It’s been really good actually. Sometimes it’s quite a challenge to present them in a ‘dance floor setting’ as opposed to what works for an album and in a sustained listening environment. We are always trying to make music that is timeless and doesn’t have too many ‘trend’ sounds or production tricks. That is the quickest way to date your music and we can definitely go into a discussion on how disposable a lot of Dance Music has become. But One Million Views, Take Back Tomorrow, Three Second Memory and the remix we did of US3’s classic Canteloupe (Flip Fantasia) have been going off live which is really great to see.
Lastly: Ibiza this year compared to previous. Better, worse… same same….
Goldfish: Definitely different. You get the feeling that the hard core dance fans are being a lot more choosey this year. Ibiza is an expensive place to party and there is so much competition between the nights. 70 euro entry fees in August at some of the clubs has meant that some of the nights definitely suffered. Cocoon at Amnesia is an interesting example with of DJ’s like Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice and Marco Carola who all used to play for them all promo’ing their own nights now. That definitely chops up the Techno pie into thinner slices. It’s definitely been interesting and the clubs are going to have to get their brand identities right for each night to make sure they keep the things hot, not just profitable. Let’s see what happens next year!