In performance, South African house music duo Goldfish embraces the growing DJ trend of incorporating live instruments into their shows such as flute, sax, keys, and even double bass, along with heavily synthesized vocal effects. Judging from clips on YouTube and elsewhere, the end result doesn’t so much resemble a band performance as it does a high school variety show, with players indulging in oddly isolated passages that only qualify as “solos” by virtue of being propelled to the front of the mix for several measures, even if the player is just playing the same thing over and over throughout the song.
This line-em-up and knock-em-down recital approach to live sets makes them the darlings of the giddy EDM crowds flocking to Lollapalooza and Coachella, as well as local venues like Bang Bang, Music Box, and Kaaboo Del Mar, where nobody’s shy about rolling and spinning to the bombastic BPM. It’s been around ten years, however, since they took the Belly Up stage, where they return October 25 to plug their latest album, Late Night People. It would seem on the surface to be a somewhat unusual, if not unprecedented, booking for the Solana Beach venue, but there’s been an undeniable “Kaaboo effect” over the past few years that has seen the entirety of Del Mar and the surrounding area evolve into an unlikely EDM hotbed.