Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

"In Another Life I'd Be a Teacher. or a Ruthless Drug Dealer": Goldie, Musician

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

"In Another Life I'd Be a Teacher. or a Ruthless Drug Dealer": Goldie, Musician

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Goldie was born Clifford Joseph Price in Walsall in 1965. He did break-dancing and graffiti before making the classic drum'n'bass album "Timeless" in 1995. He learned to conduct a concert orchestra for the BBC show "Maestro".

What's your earliest memory?

My mother's beige bra. She would have been cuddling me on her chest, in bed, and I remember looking at wallpaper that looked like velvet.

Who are your heroes?

As a teenager, the graffiti artists Dondi White and Lee Quinones. I knew their work from Henry Chalfant's Subway Art, which was one of our bibles. My musical hero is the jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. I learned all my arrangements from him.

What was the last book that changed your thinking?

Sum: Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman, given to me by Stephen Fry. It's almost like stand-up comedy for monks, or Buddhists. It's a beautiful book and it helped me to get my head around death.

What political figure, past or present, do you look up to?

Nelson Mandela, for his struggle.

What would be your Mastermind special subject?

The work of Miles Davis.

Which time and place, other than your own, would you like to live in?

I'd go to that era of the Cotton Club and Blue Note Records in New York around the time of Prohibition. There was some good music coming out then.

What TV show could you not live without?

The first time around, The Wire blew my mind. It's so well executed. I've seen it three times and it stands up--you can make more sense of the subplots. It's fascinating that in the pilot, all the characters are the other way around. …

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