Bangkok’s cultural scene never fails to impress us with its new talents and thought-provoking arts. The city has become a hot haven for dynamic up-and-coming artists, welcoming innovative ideas and talents with open arms. Dedicated to all these creatives in town, this series explores the journey and the edgy personalities of some of the most notable rising stars in the country.
If there was another word for a fireball of energy, that would be Goldie.
We got candid with the goofy, energetic, and vibrant personality, Clifford Joseph Price, who is better known as Goldie. Born to a Scottish-Jamaican couple, Goldie spent his childhood days in foster care and soon was a part of a breakdance crew called Bboys where he earned the name ‘Goldilocks.’
Getting into graffiti art brought him to the world of fame, and eventually, the artist saw no boundaries — he is an internationally-acclaimed British DJ, musician, and even an actor. His roles in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough and BBC Soap drama Eastenders gave him a venture into the world of acting. He even started eventually selling gold tooth caps given his famous teeth — over which even we were wowed by.
We recently visited the new hub of contemporary and urban street art — Aurum Gallery — at Warehouse 30, for Goldie’s latest exhibition in Bangkok. Goldie puts his heart and soul into bringing his lifetime passion and career into this gallery, where he seeks to offer local and international artists a platform to shine. Whilst he was busily resonating with his positive vibes around the gallery, we got in a conversation with him for a spontaneous Q&A session. Here’s a dose of Goldielocks.
It’s just my life. I grew up on street art and street culture. It’s the one thing that I looked at when I was a kid, and someday I was like “O.M.G. I want to do that.”
It’s on HBO. It’s prolific. It’s I Know This Much Is True, and it’s heartbreaking. Mark Ruffalo plays identical twins and it’s about a curse of a family that caused a tragedy, but beautiful hope at the end.
The fact that I can get up in the morning and be motivated by something far greater than myself.
Been there, done that.
Are you Going With Me? by Pat Metheny Group.
There are hundreds and thousands of underrated artists waiting to shine. I can’t measure that – it’s like saying “what’s the measurement of success?” I think Mode2 for me. In terms of arts, the guy is just a god I think.
Mode2 is my favourite artist because he paints the human figure. For me, he’s in the hand of Da Vinci or someone. I think he’s just got this natural…especially the female character the way he captures the human figure is “wow.”
A dead artist.
Only my own because it’s a parody, because I think we are all obsessed with ourselves. I actually make mine really funny. There is some funny stuff on there. You can’t take this very seriously. I think influencers in itself is funny, because it’s like “look at you humans being silly about yourselves, trying to get the most perfect picture.” We are stupid creatures.
I don’t read that much because I don’t read that well because of my dyslexia, but Rumi’s poetry is pretty go-to for me. I think it is amazing.
I’ve already done two. So, the first one was about my Ego. It’s all about that “me, me, me” in our lives. It’s called Nine Lives.
The second one I wrote, which released two years ago, is All Things Remembered. It’s a great book because for me, it’s looking at myself in a lateral manner…it’s just an interesting book about a story of a boy and his experience. You know when you think of something its like déjà vu, the book is very based on this experience.
“It’s the truth of idea that will last in the honesty of time.”
“What we do today creates tomorrow.”
You’ve got two!
A white T-Shirt.
My cap, my ring, and my brain.
It’s got to be Greyhound. Bacon, egg, rice with blue drink, and ice cream – and with that extra lemon.
Being up in the mountain, hiking, the very top. It’s beautiful just being in that jungle.
It’s a collection of artists I really love and respect. It’s a lot of local art…so I just got to know them as I’ve been here only for a while and they are already kind of established. It reminds me of New York in 1989 for some reason. I just wanted a place where I could do something new and reinvent myself. You know post-Covid 19 it’s a hard thing, but hey, we are getting over it and we can tick the box now. I’ve jumped out of a plane, spoke to Ted Turner, been in a James Bond film, and met the Queen!
It’s never done, is it? I think doing this was amazing — it could last 6 months or a year. Galleries do have a small lifespan, they come and go. We’ve done it and it’s a great collection.
What you do today, creates tomorrow. Do as much as you can. People try to think it’s some kind of a secret. “How do I get a new record label?” “Make good music that I like.” That I call subjective.
There’s no trick to this. I think the idea of telephones gives us the idea that we are mortal and we are going to live forever. You’ve got a very limited time. You spend all the time staring at your phone and all the time is gone. That’s a distraction. Keep technology at an arm’s length. You have to be more active with your born passion and creation because your mind is the best computer you could ever get, it’s the best camera.