Photos by Rebecca Espitalier-Noel
Photos by Rebecca Espitalier-Noel
Photos by Rebecca Espitalier-Noel

Great DJ-ing is an impressive technical skill: it takes a lot of time and effort to create a wholly original track, and during a performance much concentration, timing and reading of the crowd’s mood to make a powerful, memorable show.

Moreover, learning to play the saxophone, the flute, the piano or the double bass is arguably even finer an art, requiring natural talent and a huge amount of commitment and creativity. Goldfish are a pair of DJs hailing from Cape Town, South Africa that have managed to combine both worlds into one, awesome fusion.

Sometimes adjectives get thrown around too much in describing a music act. Words like ‘amazing’ have become arbitrary and have somewhat lost their meaning. Here, though, it’s entirely appropriate. Goldfish were amazing. As in they amazed people.

Their work is such an unusual mix of jazz, trance and Dubstep, however, that even better, rarer, words can be ascribed to their act: ‘tasty’, ‘sick’, ‘wack’, ‘wizard’. Whatever. Goldfish are all of them. Watching the two of them play great new club music on stage in the Union was quite something, but then suddenly a golden glimmering saxophone would appear and blast out a glorious solo, one that anybody else would have just pressed a button for. The electric double bass provided much of the act’s bassline – and again, the average DJ would have twisted a knob or clicked a mouse.


What’s the point in using real instruments, then, you might ask? Why waste time on such a task, when David Guetta gets along fine? Tiesto’s doing alright with just the buttons. The answer is that Goldfish seem to love getting lost in what they can produce musically, through every medium. By the time the brilliant climax burst into life, they were having as much fun on stage as the audience were. And that’s hard to beat when the audience consisted of 300 bouncing, inebriated students.

When asked afterwards if he’d enjoyed the show, a young man by the toilets said, “Nah, they’re a bit too weird.” But this young man was wearing red trousers; making his opinion scientifically valueless.

Goldfish were outstanding, and their music has brought something qualitatively different to dance music.


  1. Personally I love my many pairs of red trousers and was very offended by this writer’s choice to demean my personal attire and the image I choose to portray to the world. I am going to send a very strongly worded letter of complaint to my close family friend Louise (you may have heard of her) about this injustice. Thanks for your time.


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