GOLDFISH EMERGE WITH BRAND-NEW SINGLE: ‘IT WAS YOU’ (WITH ZEEBA) – INCLUDING INTERVIEW
A breathtaking merger of striding vocals, deliberate percussion placement, gentle strings and even subtle trumpet play, ‘It Was You’ tells a wonderful story that hooks listeners right off the bat. A truly remarkable composition from South African stars GoldFish and L.A.-based singer-songwriter Zeeba, this song instantly strikes a chord in anyone who presses play.
AMSTERDAM, November 2, 2018 – It doesn’t take a lot of brainpower to deduce that there’s just no stopping Goldfish. After leaving a trail of energized crowds and mesmerized listeners in their wake with their 2017 album ‘Late Night People’ and all of the album’s singles, the South-African duo have entered into a new chapter with ‘It Was You’, a phenomenal, sophisticated collaboration with Brazilian-American recording artist Zeeba.
With a breathtaking blend of striding vocals, deliberate percussion placement, gentle strings and subtle saxophone play, ‘It Was You’ tells a wonderful story that hooks in all sorts of ways. A truly remarkable composition that puts the versatility of both GoldFish and stream machine Zeeba in the limelight, the song strikes a chord in listeners as soon as they press play.
GoldFish: “We’ve always been about songwriting that tells a story. With this track, it was really cool to step away from our normal style and create something slower and more emotional with Zeeba. It was a lot of fun writing together and Zeeba was the perfect musician and vocalist to collaborate and explore this side of our music personalities with. The song really speaks to how quickly life passes us all by, and we wanted to channel that feeling. It’s bittersweet, just like life!”
Zeeba: “I think that people will identity with the song not only because of its great vibe and really cool energy, but also because of the way it speaks about relationships and remembering beautiful moments – those we had when we were 17, when things were easier and we had less responsibilities. It’s really that light sensation of returning to the place where we didn’t have to worry about anything.”
Since locking themselves in their bedroom studio and emerging with debut album ‘Caught In The Loop’ in 2006, GoldFish have gone from one of dance music’s best-kept secrets to luminaries both as producers and on the live front. Their can-do attitude and unique musical vision led them to countless sold-out performances and festival appearances, a top 10 in the iTunes Dance chart in the United States, an MTV Africa award, a four-year residency at Pacha Ibiza and a list of support that runs from Sam Feldt and Klingande to Thomas Jack and Robin Schulz. A landmark in itself, their fifth album – ‘Late Night People’ – helped the duo stand out even further in and beyond the world of dance music and ‘It Was You’ with Zeeba sees them continue onward in a similar tread.
We had the opportunity to get to know Goldfish a little better through this interview and hope you enjoy!
Raver Mag: We are loving your new track “It Was You”! How did the collaboration with Zeeba come about?
Goldfish: A good mutual friend of ours connected us, we’d always been big fans of Zeeba, so after some back and forth our schedules aligned and we connected in San Diego. We actually wrote the song and recorded the vocals all in one day. It’s not always like that, but when it flows it flows!
Raver Mag: What influences your musical style the most?
Goldfish: I guess our personalities is always the biggest factor..that part of you that always comes through when you make music. Trends and styles come and go but we’re always essentially ourselves.
Raver Mag: Can you spill the beans on what you have in store for your fans in 2019?
Goldfish: MANY. NEW. TRACKS. It’s actually a good problem to have, feeling like we are in a great creative space at the moment and the music is reflecting that. This collab was also a great chance to do something we don’t normally do, and it was really cool to slow things up and make something more down tempo and emotional with Zeeba. It doesn’t all have to be dance floor bangers haha!
Raver Mag: You guys have a pretty cool name for your duo. How on earth did you come up with it?
Goldfish: It’s a joke Dave always had about my short term memory when we were students..I was always losing stuff and forgetting all sorts of things. All I was interested in was music and surfing(not much has changed) and when we were looking for a name it just stuck. The rest is history.
Raver Mag: And now that we’re all hungry, what’s your favorite Goldfish snack flavor?
Goldfish: Ha! They should make a biltong flavour…