Tune town: A spotlight on San Diego band Goldfish

Goldfish band members Dominic Peters (left) and David Poole. (Eduardo Contreras/Union-Tribune)
(Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego can rock and roll with the best of them - and not just because of the earthquakes. From Jewel, Switchfoot and P.O.D. to Tom Waits, Rocket From The Crypt and Andra Day, this fair city has produced more than its fair share of top talent over the years.

Here’s a look at Goldfish, a local band that’s worth tuning into now.

About the band

Dom Peters: acoustic bass, keyboards, production

David Poole: tenor and soprano sax, samplers, production

Established: 2005

Genre: House, jazz, electronica

Label: Armada Records and Sony Music

Biggest hit: “Honestly, it depends who you ask, since we have five albums to choose from. Our song ‘Fort Knox’ went into the iTunes Top 10 after being featured in the 2010 Kia ‘Soul Hamster’ TV commercial.” (David Poole).

Worst day job: “We have only ever been musicians and producers. This is the best job in the world.” (Dom Peters)

If it weren’t for music, we’d be: “Probably surfing. That’s one reason we moved here from South Africa.” (David Poole)

Next local gig: April 8 at Bang Bang (526 Market St., Gaslamp)

Of note: In 2007, Goldfish teamed with South African President Nelson Mandela, Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, Ludacris and other stars for the 46664 World AIDS Day Concert at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park.

“Our goal is making beautiful music, with artistic integrity, that moves people on and off the dance floor. We’re like a weird combination that’s halfway between two oceans of music - electronica and jazz - and trying to bridge the gap. As far as the EDM world goes, (we’re) outsiders... and jazz musicians don’t necessarily understand what we’re doing. But our audience understands. And they’re not over-thinking it. They’re just digging it. And, maybe, that’s what music always should be about.” (Dom Peters)

How to follow them

Youtube: Goldfishlive
Facebook: @Goldfishlive (205K followers)
Twitter: @Goldfishlive (92K followers)
Instagram: @Goldfishlive (34K followers)
Snapchat: goldfishlive


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