Goldfish & JackLNDN Light Up Bowery Ballroom
Innovative South African house duo Goldfish brought their fall tour to a thrilling culmination when they took over the Bowery Ballroom with fellow house hitmaker JackLNDN. After taking their delightful vibes and saucy tunes around the country, Goldfish were ready to throw down a scintillating post-Thanksgiving party, and they definitely did not disappoint.
JackLNDN has established himself as one of the freshest and exciting names in dance music. On a night that held significant personal meaning to him, the London native displayed exactly why he is enjoying such a mercurial rise to the forefront of electronic music. Jack took to the stage in front of an absolutely buzzing crowd. Good vibes were circulating around the Bowery Ballroom as holiday revelers poured in. From the onset of JackLNDN’s performance, I quickly became aware of several new elements to his live set. Equipped with a keyboard and mic, Jack showed off his immense musical chops.
In the past whenever I have caught one of Jack’s performances they have only been DJ sets, so I was utterly blown away by the invigorating live show that he showcased on this occasion. Jack got down to business right away belting out a fantastic rendition of Goldroom’s new hit “Breaks” that totally caught the crowd by surprise. The Bowery Ballroom made for a perfectly intimate setting as Jack shared never-before-heard songs off of his upcoming albums. The New York crowd swooned as JackLNDN serenaded us with his suave vocals and lush keystrokes. There’s really nothing better than seeing an artist give their all during a performance and really emoting to their own art.
Jack’s energy was absolutely infectious and permeated throughout the jubilant crowd. What was most appealing about this opening set was the personable atmosphere of the entire show. Between songs Jack spoke to the crowd about his personal inspirations, revealing that Goldfish was, in fact, the first act that inspired him to chase a career in electronic music, as well as some struggles he’s had with love. Over the course of JackLNDN’s performance, I feel that I truly came to know him on a personal level. At the end of the day, that’s what music is all about, sharing experiences and taking part in this thing we call humanity altogether. The set’s highlights for me came towards the end of the set when Jack unleashed his latest remix of Hotel Garuda’s “Fixed On You” and soulful edit of the timeless classic “We Are Family.”
After a soulful adventure of a live house and garage, it was time for the night’s main men to flex their musical muscles. Hailing from Cape Town, Goldfish are definitely one of the hottest musical exports from South Africa. As soon as Dominic Peters and David Poole got behind the decks the energy level inside the Bowery Ballroom shot through the roof. The fact that the energy in the venue could get even more positive was mindblowing. It was clearly evident that wherever this dynamic duo shows up, they most certainly leave a lasting impression. Blow up goldfish and all sorts of other aquatic animals sprang from the undulating sea of dancers.When David whipped out his sax and started blowing those sweet jazzy notes, the entire venue roared in unison
The two elements of Goldfish’s performance that stood out most to me were chemistry and versatility. While on stage the South African twosome utilizes a wide array of instruments that give every note an added depth and vibrancy. While many acts have stepped out into the world of live-electronic fusion, few of them can stack up to Goldfish’s raw energy and vivacity. With their extensive background in live improvisation, Goldfish bring an exciting nuance to every track they play. Whether it David ripping solos on the flute or Dominic slapping some serious bass, there is never a dull moment in a Goldfish set.
On stage, the duo has impeccable chemistry feeding off of each other’s energy and maneuvering through their set with subtle cues. It must be exhausting for Goldfish to bring this type of gusto each and every night on tour, but when you see the relationship that they have with their fans it all makes sense. Dominic and David don’t just exude chemistry with one another, they also exhibit an outstanding relationship with their fans. When you go out to a show it’s normal to see a crowd full of first-timers just looking for a night out. However, on this Black Friday night, the Bowery Ballroom was packed to the gills with die-hard Goldfish fans. The appreciation and love in the venue were palpable and it all comes together so perfectly with the duo’s brand of luminous, genre-defying music. You could tell that Goldfish were really giving the crowd everything they had on the last stop of their tour.
The day after everyone celebrated family, friendship and giving thanks, three foreigners came to New York City and perfectly encapsulated the meaning of the holiday. This was one show where the familial vibes were on full display and I loved every second of it. If you’re a fan of house music, live music and just happiness in general, then you seriously need to catch Goldfish the next time they swim by your city.