Park Acoustics is back on Saturday 28 November at Voortrekker Monument with another epic lineup of great local talent including Goldfish, Shortstraw, Haezer and many more!
Tickets: R200 online at www.parkacoustics.co.za, R250 at the gate, R100 After 6PM. (Free for children under 6, R15 per vehicle paid at entrance to the nature reserve.)
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Sebastian Ammon caught up with Goldfish ahead of the show to find out what they’ve been up to:
We see you’ve been touring the world quite a bit this past year. Which festival was most memorable for you?
We played about 12 festivals in the States this summer, but probably the one that stands out the most is a festival called Electric Forest. Straight up the best production and attention to detail we have ever seen at a festival. We had such a blast, plus we got to play twice on two very different stages and so could really change up our normal festival set lists. You can watch a clip of what went down here.
What made you decide to cover Nirvana’s ‘Heart Shaped Box’? Can you give us some background on it?
We were on tour in the states actually and playing an amazing venue in Aspen Colorado called the Belly Up. It’s one of those places that everyone has played from Jamiroquai, to Foo Fighters to Calvin Harris. The technicians who have seen it all were watching us set up and saw we were using instruments and not just DJing so they asked if we wanted to use their mint condition Fender Rhodes keyboard during the show…of course we jumped at the chance as we have them at our studio at home and they are incredible keyboards. For some reason, during the show the riff for Heart Shaped Box just popped into my head out of the blue while we were jamming on stage at the end of one of the tracks. Dave looked at me and we both mentally said to each other – we got to do a version of this. It’s something we have never done before and we wanted to flip it up a little so we invited Julia Church who is an amazing 18 year old vocal talent to sing on our version. She was in town for a few days before she had to go back to the UK to study at Paul McCartney’s songwriting school there so we got in the studio and got it done. The rest is history.
How did you go about choosing the vocalist for the cover?
As we said, Julia has a very special voice and a big future. We connected via a good friend of ours who is managing her and got together in the studio and it just felt right. We’re super picky about the vocalists we work with and Julia was a perfect fit for the track.
Any plans for a new album?
We’re definitely working towards another album at some point. The landscape has changed quite a lot in the last couple years since we released Three Second Memory and the industry isn’t quite as geared for albums so we have been concentrating on releasing new singles and remixes every couple months… which may culminate in a body of work that is basically an album. It’s just whether you want to release it all as one bang or in installments. But yes – an album is in our cross hairs.
What can we expect from Goldfish in the next few months?
More touring, more music, more surfing and amongst all the more… a little more. We’re also doing our Submerged Sundays residency in Cape Town at Shimmy Beach every Sunday in December and January which are always amazing. It’s good to be home for a couple months.
With New Years heading our way soon, where can we catch you guys?
We are super busy that time of year so we’ll be blitzing off on 30 December to Electric Vines festival, then to Ballito for New Years and then back to Cape Town for the Pacha Day Party on 1 January. It’s basically a 3day party for us…Milk Thistle to the rescue.