Throwback Thursdays

Issue 4: Goldie Talks Trainers

Every Thursday we reprint an article from the Ministry Magazine back-issues.

Every Thursday we delve into the archives of our old print venture, Ministry Magazine. We pick an issue, reprint the cover and take a look at a highlight (or lowlight) with a modern eye. 

This week we're on Issue 4. Danni Minogue is this week's coverstar - hot on the heels of her older sister, who appeared on Issue 3. Articles included a look at the creator of MDMA, a look at hot new American TV show Jerry Springer, and an in-depth investigation into "what makes the best sex music: house, trance or drum and bass?"

This week we've opted to republish a real highlight from the issue, an interview with D&B legend Goldie at the launch of his new line of Metalheadz trainers, where he talks about trainers, not selling out, and his perceived ability to open a museum devoted entirely to rare Stussy garms.

With a range of Metalheadz bags, hats, clothing, shoes, Technics adverts and an up-coming film [Everybody Loves The Sunshine] Goldie seems to have abandoned his street roots and completely sold out. 

The original article as it appeared in Ministry Magazine in May 1998

"Am I fuck. I don't take that shit. The stuff we do at Metalheadz is quality stuff that there's a market for. It's stuff that I would wear, and that lots of my friends would wear. I'm not fucking selling out. Anyone who says that should come and say it to my face."

Goldie's not a man you could walk all over. First you'd have to get past his crew, a set of dredded, low-slung drum'n'bassers, then you'd be faced with the hand of Goldie, a jewel-encrusted fist with enough 9 and 18 carats to keep South Africa's gold mines busy for years. But now, with a new range of trainers, you can get as close as you're ever going to.

They could've been the ugliest things on the planet - visions of big bumpered soles and wack tops sprang to mind - but actually they're not bad. And suprisingly, they're Royals, a small, but growing name in the world of feet.

"I was approached by loads of trainer companies - all of them really," says an agitated Goldie when we interview him surrounded by the latest addition to the Metalheadz range. "But I don't go with nobody who doesn't understand the drum 'n' bass thing - the vibe, the culture. Royals did. The guys from there were down at the Metalheadz nights all the time, they had it in their hearts, so I trusted them with the name."

The guys behind Royal [two twentysomething non-surf-dude Australians] are pleased with their acquisition, too. Rodney, one of the partners, enthuses that "Goldie is cool - and I'm really glad he turned up today. It's really important."

We're at a fashion trade show, where buyers from around the world come to taste what the fashion houses have to offer their customers. Only the strong survive their disdainful looks. Goldie is generating a lot of excited interest, though, with a small throng of Italian and Japanese buyers cooing over his every move. When he sneers at the next stand's tattooing machine 'lure' they almost burst into spontaneous applause.

Goldie's no stranger to the fashion world, though, as he's keen to point out. "I've got the biggest collection of Stussy in the world," he says half-smugly, half-humbly. How does he know? "Stussy told me. They reckon I've got so many samples - like padded waistcoats and sleeveless jackets - that were never made into actual items, and so many one-offs from the collection, that I could display it all in a museum one day. I'd never sell it, I love the stuff, it's the only label I'm really into. It sums me up. People like Stussy will never sell out, they keep their collections small and don't push them to the masses, I like that."

24 Apr 2014