Goldfish (band)

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D. Poole (L) and D. Peters (R)
Background information
Origin Cape Town, South Africa
Genres Electronica, trip hop, downtempo, nu jazz, electro swing
Labels SPRS (Spinnin' Records), Goldfish Music
Associated acts Breakfast Included, Dorp, GoodLuck
Members Dominic Peters, David Poole

Goldfish is an electronica and dance group hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, consisting of Dominic Peters and David Poole. They create dance music containing elements of jazz and African music.[1] The band has released a number of albums, including Perceptions of Pacha[2] and Get Busy Living,[3] and Goldfish was named "Best Pop" at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2014.[4]


Founding and early years[edit]

One of the group's early logos.

Dominic Peters and David Poole founded Goldfish in Cape Town, South Africa. The two jazz musicians had first met while studying music at college.[5] After the 2006 release of their debut album Caught in the Loop, the group went on to open for artists such as Fat Boy Slim, Mr Scruff, Audio Bullys, Stereo MC's.[6] Basement Jaxx, Faithless, Mr Scruff, Paul van Dyk, and Pete Tong.[7] Goldfish was nominated for the Best Alternative category at the first MTV Africa Music Awards 2008 but did not win.[8]

They released their album Perceptions of Pacha on August 29, 2008.[9] In 2009, they set a new South African Music Awards record for most nominations,[10] with eight nominations including Best Duo or Group and Album of the Year,[11] winning Best Engineer and Best Dance Album.[12] Their album Goldfish spent three weeks on the Dutch Albums Top 100 chart, peaking at No. 44 in 2012.[5]

Recent touring and releases[edit]

See also: Get Busy Living
External video
Goldfish - "Fort Knox" (ft. Sakhile Moleshe) - Official Music Video (Oct 7, 2009)
Goldfish - "Take Back Tomorrow" - Official Music Video (Mar 8, 2013)

In 2011, their album Get Busy Living won at the South African Music Awards. A number of their singles have also been used commercially. An advertisement for the Kia Soul automobile featured their track "Fort Knox." Nike recently used the song "Washing Over Me" featuring Morning Parade in the advertisement of the Nike+ App. "Washing Over Me" was also featured in the Castle Lager advert for the Castle Lager Incoming Series.[citation needed] "Washing Over Me" also reached No. 1 on the 5FM Top 40 in July 2012.[13]

Their 2013 album Three Second Memory reached No. 89 on the Dutch Albums Top 100.[5] Goldfish was named "Best Pop" at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2014.[4] On December 15, 2014, Goldfish released a remix of the Wyclef Jean and Avicii song "Divine Sorrow" exclusively through Billboard. At that point the duo had performed at festivals such as Glastonbury and Ultra Music Festival, and in March 2015 they performed at SXSW.[14]

Musical style[edit]

They create dance music containing elements of jazz and African music, combining live instruments like double bass, saxophones, keyboards, flute, and vocals with samplers, effects and synths.[1]


  • Dominic Peters - production, instruments
  • David Poole - production, instruments, vocals
  • Sakhile Moleshe (intermittent) - lead vocals[15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Category Result
2008 MTV Africa Music Awards Goldfish Best Alternative[8] Nominated
2009 15th South African Music Awards Goldfish Best Engineer[12] Won
Perceptions of Pacha Best Dance Album[12] Won
Album of the Year[11] Nominated
Goldfish Best Duo or Group[10] Nominated
Goldfish Best Alternative Music: English[11] Nominated
Goldfish Best Producer[10] Nominated
"This Is How It Goes" Record of the Year[10] Nominated
2011 17th South African Music Awards Get Busy Living Best Global Dance Album[16] Won
Record of the Year[16] Nominated
Goldfish Best Producer[16] Nominated
2014 MTV Africa Music Awards Goldfish Best Pop[4] Won



Albums by Goldfish[2][3]
Year Album title Release details Chart peaks
Dutch 100[5]
2006 Caught in the Loop
2008 Perceptions of Pacha
  • Released: April 21, 2008
  • Label: Pacha / SBME Africa
  • Format: CD, digital download
2009 Perceptions of Pacha
  • Released: November 17, 2009
  • Label: Goldfish
  • Format: CD, digital download
2010 Get Busy Living
  • Released: Sep 20, 2010
  • Label: Goldfish Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
2012 Goldfish
  • Released: June 6, 2012
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD, digital download
2013 Three Second Memory
  • Released: Oct 15, 2013
  • Label: Goldfish Music / Casablanca
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Incomplete list of songs by Goldfish[3]
Year Title Chart peaks[13] Album Release details
5FM 40
2007 "Coming Home" 3-track single Pacha Recordings (Jun 22, 2007)
2008 "Pure Pacha" Single only Pacha Recordings (2008)
2009 "Crusing Through" Single/remix EP Pacha Multimedia (May 15, 2009)
"Fort Knox" Fort Knox (Remixes) - EP Pacha Recordings (May 15, 2009)
"Wet Welly" Single only Pacha Multimedia (Jun 3, 2009)
"Sold My Soul" 2 track single Pacha Recordings (Jul 03, 2009)
"Are You Lulu" 2-track single Pacha Multimedia (Jul 03, 2009)
"This is How it Goes" Single Pacha Recordings (Nov 13, 2009)
"Hold Tight" Single Pacha Recordings (Nov 20, 2009)
2010 "Just For Tonight" Single Pacha Recordings (Jan 08, 2010)
2011 "Let's Do It Again"
(with Freshlyground)
Single Freeground Records (July 15, 2011)
2012 "Washing Over Me"
(feat. Morning Parade)
1 Goldfish Goldfish Music (2012)
2013 "Take Back Tomorrow" Three Second Memory Goldfish Music (2013)
"Just For Tonight" 2-track single Pacha Recordings (Mar 11, 2013)
"Soundtracks & Comebacks" Remix EP Pacha Recordings (Mar 11, 2013)
2014 "Choose Your Own Adventure" Choose Your Own Adventure - EP Goldfish Music (June 17, 2014)
2015 "The Storm" (with DIMMI) Single SPRS (Jul 20, 2015)


Selected remixes by Goldfish, with date of remix release[3][17]
Year Title Original artist Release details
2011 "Get Busy Living (Remix)" Goldfish Goldfish Music (Feb 9, 2011)
2014 "She Moves (Goldfish Remix)" Alle Farben B1 Recordings (2014)
"Divine Sorrow (Goldfish Remix)" Wyclef Jean and Avicii Billboard (Dec 15, 2014)[14]
2015 "Feels Like This (Goldfish Remix)" Lexer Warner Dance Labels

Further reading[edit]

Interviews and articles

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sleeping with the Fishes". February 4, 2011. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Goldfish Discography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Goldfish Discography". iTunes. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  4. ^ a b c "2014 MAMA Winners". MTV. June 7, 2014. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Goldfish charts". Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  6. ^ "Goldfish". MyMusicMatrix. 2006. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  7. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  8. ^ a b "First Ever MTV Africa Awards is a hit with Nigerians taking the lead". African Vibes. November 24, 2008. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  9. ^ "Perceptions of Pacha". Allmusic. August 29, 2008. Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  10. ^ a b c d Coetzer, Diane (March 20, 2009). "Goldfish Earns Eight SA Music Awards Nominations". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  11. ^ a b c "Nominated Record Breaking 8 South African Music Awards". Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  12. ^ a b c "SAMA 2009: All the Winners". April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  13. ^ a b "Goldfish Bag Another No. 1 - Top 5fm charts". July 30, 2012. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  14. ^ a b Buerger, Megan (December 11, 2014). "Exclusive Premiere: Hear Goldfish's Remix of Wyclef Jean & Avicii's 'Divine Sorrow'". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  15. ^ "Moleshe, Sakhile (Soul Housing Project) (South Africa)". Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  16. ^ a b c "2011 SAMA Nominations". SAMA (BaasDeBeer's Blog). 2011. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  17. ^ "Goldfish Remixes". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 

External links[edit]

Audio and video