“In my music,” says Goldie, “is everything I’ve learned, everyone I’ve met, everything I’ve experienced.”
And it’s been an incredible trip. The maverick innovator – who rewrote the future of the jungle scene with landmark releases that still sound like they were kidnapped from tomorrow – has a unique story to tell. From children’s homes in the West Midlands through stints in New York and Miami as one of the UK’s most celebrated exponents of graffiti art to rubbing shoulders with a exceptional list of musical collaborators including David Bowie, Noel Gallagher and KRS-One, Goldie has defiantly, definitively, done it his own way.
“I’m an alchemist,” he likes to insist. “I practice the dark arts of messing with the form of something solid.”
Initially gaining exposure for his work as a graffiti artist, Goldie became well known for his pioneering role in the 1990s UK jungle, drum and bass and breakbeat hardcore scene. He released a variety of singles under the pseudonym Rufige Kru and co-founded the label Metalheadz. He would later release several albums under his own name, including the 1995 album Timeless, which entered the UK charts at number 7.