Hailing from Chelmsford in Essex, Gold Panda started writing beats and collaborating at the turn of the decade, beginning a decade-long journey that has seen an award winning and zeitgeist defining debut record, a nomadic follow up and a third record that found himself re-centering himself emotionally and musically via a spell in the far east. Having spent downtime behind the counters of various establishments of ill-repute, Gold Panda began life by consolidated the rest of his hours creating archives of electronic music. He poked his head into the world by way of a collection of instantaneously raved-about remixes, that quickly attracted the interest of various labels, blogs and taste makers, leading to requests for him to re-edit the likes of Telepathe, Bloc Party, Simian Mobile Disco, Health and The Field. In the meantime, Gold Panda began culling his back archive of material for a series of low key releases: the first was ‘Miyamae’, a 12” on Various, followed by the ‘Quitters Raga’ 7” on Make Mine, and the third, ‘Before’ was released digitally and on 250 limited CDs via Puregroove, all in 2009.
In October 2010 Gold Panda released his debut album Lucky Shiner. A culmination of years of work spent refining his sui generis sound, the record was released to huge critical acclaim, culminating in the Guardian First Album award the following year. The next few years were spent touring the world, as well as releasing a DJ Kicks compilation in November 2011, and a handful of additional singles, 2012’s ltd run Mountain / Financial District 7” and the 2013 Trust EP.
In June 2013 Gold Panda released his eagerly awaited follow up album ‘Half Of Where We Live’, further developing his take on emotionally infused, warm electronic music. Again the release was hailed by critics and the record buying public alike, as he embarked on a huge North American tour to complement runs through Europe and two summers worth of festival appearances. A three-year gap followed before his third album ‘Good Luck And Do Your Best’ which was inspired by a series of trips to Japan, and complimented by a visual project in collaboration with award winning photographer, Laura Lewis. The release of the record, which was accompanied by the beloved video for lead off single ‘In My Car’ which featured Gold Panda and his grandmother driving round his home town of Chelmsford saw another elongated period of activity as he took his music around the world once more, playing across all major continents and continuing to build his live show, with the addition of touring visual artist Dan Tombs. Since then, there has been a beautiful collaborative techno record under the name Selling with Simian Mobile Disco’s Jas Shaw a musical pairing with sitar playing extraordinaire Anoushka Shankar plus a recently released set of tunes as DJ Jenifa, collecting together a series of unreleased Gold Panda bangers of the hip hop and dance floor persuasion.
As he reaches the 10th anniversary of his debut album, Gold Panda is preparing to return with more live shows and new music, and will be touring through the summer and autumn 2019.