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

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David Poole (left) and Dominic Peters (right)
Background information
OriginCape Town, South Africa
GenresNu jazz, house, Deep House, Electronica, trip hop, downtempo, electro swing
LabelsSpinnin' Records, Goldfish Music
Associated actsBreakfast Included, Dorp, GoodLuck
MembersDominic Peters, David Poole


Founding and early yearsEdit

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, 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 29 August 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 releasesEdit

External video
  GoldFish – "Fort Knox" (ft. Sakhile Moleshe) – Official Music Video (7 October 2009)
  GoldFish – "Take Back Tomorrow" – Official Music Video (8 March 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 15 December 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 styleEdit

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, keyboards, upright bass, bass guitar
  • David Poole – production, saxophone, flute, vocals

Awards and nominationsEdit

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[15] Won
Record of the Year[15] Nominated
GoldFish Best Producer[15] 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
  • Released: 29 May 2006
  • Label: GoldFish / Pioneer
  • Format: CD, digital download
2008 Perceptions of Pacha
  • Released: 21 April 2008
  • Label: Pacha / SBME Africa
  • Format: CD, digital download
2009 Perceptions of Pacha
  • Released: 17 November 2009
  • Label: GoldFish
  • Format: CD, digital download
2010 Get Busy Living
  • Released: 20 September 2010
  • Label: GoldFish Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
2012 GoldFish
  • Released: 6 June 2012
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD, digital download
2013 Three Second Memory
  • Released: 15 October 2013
  • Label: GoldFish Music / Casablanca
  • Format: CD, digital download
2017 Late Night People
"—" 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 (22 June 2007)
2008 "Pure Pacha" Single only Pacha Recordings (2008)
2009 "Crusing Through" Single/remix EP Pacha Multimedia (15 May 2009)
"Fort Knox" Fort Knox (Remixes) – EP Pacha Recordings (15 May 2009)
"Wet Welly" Single only Pacha Multimedia (3 June 2009)
"Sold My Soul" 2 track single Pacha Recordings (3 July 2009)
"Are You Lulu" 2-track single Pacha Multimedia (3 July 2009)
"This is How it Goes" Single Pacha Recordings (13 November 2009)
"Hold Tight" Single Pacha Recordings (20 November 2009)
2010 "Just For Tonight" Single Pacha Recordings (8 January 2010)
2011 "Let's Do It Again"
(with Freshlyground)
Single Freeground Records (15 July 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 (11 March 2013)
"Soundtracks & Comebacks" Remix EP Pacha Recordings (11 March 2013)
2014 "Choose Your Own Adventure" Choose Your Own Adventure – EP GoldFish Music (17 June 2014)
2015 "The Storm" (with DIMMI) Single SPRS (20 July 2015)
2015 "Heart Shaped Box" Single GoldFish Music (2015)
2018 "It Was You" (with Zeeba) Single GoldFish Music (2 November 2018)


Selected remixes by GoldFish, with date of remix release[3][16]
Year Title Original artist Release details
2011 "Get Busy Living (Remix)" GoldFish GoldFish Music (9 February 2011)
2014 "She Moves (GoldFish Remix)" Alle Farben B1 Recordings (2014)
"Divine Sorrow (GoldFish Remix)" Wyclef Jean and Avicii Billboard (15 December 2014)[14]
2015 "Feels Like This (GoldFish Remix)" Lexer Warner Dance Labels

Further readingEdit

Interviews and articles
  • "Goldfish Earns Eight SA Music Awards Nominations". Billboard. 20 March 2009.
  • "Sleeping with the Fishes". 4 February 2011.

See alsoEdit


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

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