Goldie Goldie
Musician, actor, record producer, disc jockey
Goldie Goldie
Clifford Joseph Price, better known as Goldie is an English electronic music artist, disc jockey, visual artist and actor. He is well known for his innovations in the jungle and drum and bass music genres, having previously gained exposure for his work as a graffiti artist. His acting credits include the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough, Guy Ritchie's Snatch and the British soap opera EastEnders.
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    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 50
    Price was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours awards, for services to music and young people.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 44
    On 22 December 2010, he appeared in a Celebrity Come Dine with Me Christmas special.
    More Details Hide Details On 26 March 2011, he appeared in a three-part reality television series, Goldie's Band – By Royal Appointment, in which he led a group of music experts as they conducted a nationwide search for young talented musicians and then selected and intensively coached 12 of them, who collaborated to create some musical pieces for a performance at Buckingham Palace. On 24 August 2012, he appeared in the Channel 4 documentary Idris Elba's How Clubbing Changed the World (hosted by Idris Elba) to explain how he invented the revolutionary technique of time stretching by misusing an HF ultra-harmonizer, which is usually used for guitars. He then went on to say that when he crossed this with digital breakbeat, the sound evolved from jungle into drum and bass. In 2014, he appeared on the telethon BBC Children in Need. In 2007, Price returned to the art world with an art exhibition, "Love Over Gold", which was held at the Leonard Street Gallery, London. In 2008, he teamed up with Pete Tong to provide much of the artwork for Tong's new Wonderland club night at Eden nightclub in San Antonio, Ibiza.
    On 11 September 2010, he was announced as part of the line-up in Strictly Come Dancing and on 10 October, he became the first celebrity to leave the show.
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    On 7 September 2010, Price's 23-year-old son Jamie Price was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum sentence of 21 years, for murder.
    More Details Hide Details Jamie was convicted after stabbing a man to death on 24 August 2008. The victim was a member of a rival gang.
    On 3 September 2010, he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Design from the University of Wolverhampton.
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    In July 2010, Price received an honorary doctorate in Social Sciences from Brunel University, Uxbridge.
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    Mika and Price married in 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 43
    He appeared on Celebrity Mastermind on 27 December 2009 and came fourth behind Paul O'Grady, Gail Emms and Loyd Grossman.
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    On 31 July 2009, the first of a two-part television programme Classic Goldie was broadcast, showing how in the wake of his success in the Maestro programme he learns to write a score for a large orchestra and choir.
    More Details Hide Details The resulting composition, commissioned by the BBC and entitled Sine Tempore (Timeless), was performed at two children's Promenade concerts in the Royal Albert Hall on 1 and 2 August 2009, which featured music connected with Charles Darwin and the creation and evolution of the world.
  • 2008
    Age 42
    During August and September 2008, the BBC broadcast Maestro, a reality television show in which eight celebrities, including Price, learned to conduct a concert orchestra.
    More Details Hide Details Price placed second, behind Sue Perkins.
  • 2007
    Age 41
    In 2007, Price began a relationship with Mika Wassenaar, a Canadian.
    More Details Hide Details The couple appeared in the 20 June 2009 episode of ITV's All Star Mr and Mrs with Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton.
  • 2006
    Age 40
    In 2006, he was scheduled to appear in The Games, a UK reality TV show on Channel 4, but during training for the water-ski jump event he fractured his femur and was unable to take part in the show.
    More Details Hide Details He was replaced by Adam Rickitt. In 2009, he was reported to be suing the producers of the show for damages as a result of the injury.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Age 36
    Price married model Sonjia Ashby in 2002, but they divorced in 2005.
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    Price appeared on the second series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first celebrity to be "evicted".
    His next TV appearance was hosting Crime Business on the digital TV channels Bravo and Ftn. He presented the documentary series The World's Deadliest Gangs on Bravo in 2002.
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    In 2002, Price said that he had been working for three years on a film called Sine Tempus, described as a coming-of-age story of a young paintbrush artist.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, he announced the soundtrack as his new album. The album was released via the Metalheadz website in 2008, but the film has not been released. Price is known for his work as the leader of Rufige Kru. The group has no fixed members and has included drum and bass producers such as Technical Itch, Heist, Cujo, Agzilla Da Ice, Danny J, Doc Scott and Rob Playford. March 2013 saw the release of The Alchemist: The Best of Goldie 1992–2012, featuring prominent tracks from throughout Price's musical career. Price has appeared in Guy Ritchie's Snatch and several other films, most notably the James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough. He also played gangster Angel Hudson in the British soap opera EastEnders (2001–2002). Price starred in Everybody Loves Sunshine (1999) (aka B.UST.E.D – United States title) with David Bowie.
  • 1999
    Age 33
    In the early 1990s, Price had a relationship with drum and bass artist Kemistry, who died in a car accident in 1999.
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  • 1998
    Age 32
    Price released his second album, Saturnz Return, in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details The album's opening track, "Mother", is an hour-long orchestral drum and bass piece. The album featured appearances by David Bowie, Noel Gallagher and KRS-One.
  • 1996
    Age 30
    He was romantically involved with singer Björk for several years until their break-up in September 1996.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, he bought a country house in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire. In 2002, Hodder & Stoughton published his autobiography, Nine Lives, which he wrote with Paul Gorman.
    1996 saw the release of his Toasted Both Sides Please remix of the Bush song Swallowed, which topped charts in the USA and Canada.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 29
    His first studio album, Timeless, followed in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Timeless entered the UK Albums Chart at number seven. The album fused the breakbeats and basslines common in jungle with orchestral textures and soul vocals by Diane Charlemagne. The album's title track was a 21-minute symphonic piece. "Inner City Life", a track from the album, reached number 39 in the UK Singles Chart. Timeless helped to popularise drum and bass as a form of musical expression. The music critic Simon Reynolds noted that Price's credentials as a musical innovator – and particularly as one of the key driving forces of innovation in the jungle/breakbeat scene – were exceptional. "Goldie revolutionised jungle not once but thrice", he noted in The Wire magazine, continuing, "First there was 'Terminator' (pioneering the use of time stretching), then 'Angel' (fusing Diane Charlemagne's live vocal with David Byrne/Brian Eno samples to prove that hardcore could be more 'conventionally' musical), now there's 'Timeless', a 22-minute hardcore symphony."
  • 1993
    Age 27
    In 1993, he released Angel, another 12" on the Synthetic Hardcore Phonography label. 1994 saw him setting up his own record label, Metalheadz.
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  • 1992
    Age 26
    His track "Terminator", released under the name "Metalheadz" in 1992, was a hit in the jungle scene and is noted for pioneering the use of time stretching.
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    In 1992, Price made his first album appearance, by contributing a short vocal piece to the track "Rufige" by Icelandic group, Ajax Project.
    More Details Hide Details Since then the track has been repeatedly misattributed to Price himself, perhaps because of his subsequent use of "Rufige" as a moniker for his own ambitions. His releases Killa Muffin b/w Krisp Biscuit and the Dark Rider EP were released under the alias "Rufige Cru". Recently, he has used the alias "Rufige Kru" to release collaborations with other producers such as Heist.
  • 1991
    Age 25
    By 1991, Price had become fascinated by the British breakbeat music scene when his girlfriend, DJ Kemistry, introduced him to the pioneering jungle and drum and bass producers Dennis "Dego" McFarlane and Mark "Marc Mac" Clair, known as 4hero.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to execute some design and A&R work for 4hero's Reinforced record label.
  • 1988
    Age 22
    He moved to the US owing to graffiti projects, and also started selling grills (gold teeth jewellery) in New York and Miami; he continued this business after his return to the UK in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Contrary to popular belief, this is not where his nickname comes from; it stems from "Goldielocks", an earlier nickname given to him during his B-boys days and subsequently shortened when he no longer wore dreadlocks.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on September 19, 1965.
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