Pioneer, graffiti artist, drum'n'bass icon, DJ, actor and producer. Goldie is a total original, a multi-talented complex shape shifter, who's sold more than 2.5 million records worldwide. Against all odds, and despite a traumatic childhood, he succeeded in unleashing his boundless creativity from a very young age, having transformed an underground British sound into a mainstream international movement, whilst collaborating with major pop icons along the way. Goldie has produced artistic works with 3D (Massive Attack) and Sarah Gregory, whilst being commissioned to produce pieces for Neneh Cherry, Noel Gallagher, Bjork, James Lavelle, Nellee Hooper, Kevin Spacey, The Sex Pistols, Snow Patrol, Pete Tong and Jason Statham to name but a few, depicting his prolific work.
Goldie earned his name as a graffiti artist in the West Midlands in the early eighties. His artwork around Birmingham and Wolverhampton was featured heavily in Afrikaa Bambaataa's 1985 feature film documentary Bombing (which was broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK). He took part in the largest British graffiti art battle alongside Bristol artist 3D, who later went on to form Massive Attack, and is also featured in the book Spraycan Art by Henry Chalfant & James Prigoff. It was his move to London and a visit to the Rage Club in 1991 that things changed for the graffiti artist and the music genesis was born. DJ Fabio and Grooverider were playing that night and gave Goldie a taste of 'Jungle'. He wanted more, and this gave him the drive and lust to make the smash, and incredible and haunting dark tune 'Terminator'.
It was around this time that Goldie launched the infamous Sunday sessions at the Blue Note, which saw people come from all around the world to dance all night to his sets. The night was a massive hit, with stars such as David Bowie, Val Kilmer, and Josh Evans turning out, and it lead to endorsements with DC Shoes and Tequila Gold, With Goldie's wide appeal he was then able to support acts such as Janes Addiction, Bjork and The Sex Pistols, even playing at the Viper Room in L.A. for Johnny Depp. Whilst Goldie was seeing the birth and growth of the now infamous drum'n'bass label Metalheadz, he found the time to create an album which to this day, is as it is titled, Timeless!
In 2012, in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and The Olympics, Goldie painted a portrait of Her Majesty and a series of stunning portraits of British sporting icons from the games. The artist has also just been voted by the public into the Top 60 of the 'New Elizabethans', most influential leading figures in HM Queen Elizabeth II's reign. And 2013 looks like being another BIG year for Goldie, a year in which he celebrates 20 years as a recording artist. To mark this impressive milestone, his label Metalheadz and the iconic FFRR dance label are coming together to release Goldie's first ever career-spanning retrospective entitled The Alchemist: The Best Of Goldie 1992-2012. Released on March 11, on triple-disc CD and digital download, this definitive collection reads like am almanac to the history and development of drum'n'bass.