Street-art pioneer, B-Boy breakdancer and DnB icon Goldie has been one of the most obnoxiously creative people of our lifetime. Abandoned as a toddler, the Wolverhampton native moved between several foster homes in his younger years.
A former teacher introduced him to art, and inspired the compulsive character’s love of creating. He’s had quite the life, and we feel it should be celebrated through some of the more understated aspects in his career.
Below are 5 of Goldie’s finest moments.
SHOPPING FOR GOLD IN MIAMI
Fitting grillz, buying diamond Rolex’s and pimping cars with hydraulic suspensions are just a few activities Goldie gets up to in this short clip. We also receive insight into his love of Spanish 'hunnies', Miami drum and bass parties, and plenty more. This interview really speaks for itself, shining light on the frenetic mind Goldie possesses.
HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH BJÖRK
‘It’s the best thing ever, I’ll tell you that’ explained Björk to Chris Evans in an interview on TFI Fridays. Although their relationship didn’t last, it was clear the couple were very fond of each other whilst they were. The metropolitan press lapped up their relationship and provided some very iconic photos of them. Take a flick through below.
THE RADIO 1 ESSENTIAL'S MIX 1996
The Wolverhampton native’s essential mix has been credited by Pete Tong as ‘one of the most eagerly awaited debuts on the programme’. A cosmic selection of ragga, breaks and unpredictable rhythms melt into 2 hours of 90s drum and bass. The mix dropped shortly after his iconic album Timeless, which propelled him into true superstar DJ-ism
HIS LOVE OF STÜSSY
Goldie’s obsession with Stüssy has informed collaborations with the brand on numerous occasions. I-D magazine recently celebrated 40 years of the label through a series of t-shirts, including one with the artist’s emblematic wink. GOldie's fascination with Stüssy started when their shop opened on Earlham Street in London. He later became a member of the Stüssy tribe and has continued to collect and collaborate with them until present day.
GOLDIE ON GRAFITTI
‘Graffiti is still one of the only art forms that doesn’t lie’ announced Goldie in a recent interview. He credits the art form for teaching him arrangement - a skill the junglist naturally transferred into making music. To this day, he has never engineered a record.
Goldie became captivated by the social messages of subway art when he moved to New York in 1986. He still prasies graffiti as a major influence on his life, occasionally putting on exhibitions.