Clifford Price, aka Goldie, has assumed many roles throughout his life, including DJ, producer, co-label-head, actor, maestro, and graffiti artist. On top of this, he will soon be able to add a prestigious title to his name: Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
The annual New Year’s Honors list, announced yesterday (December 30), shows that Price will be awarded the honor for his “services to Music and Young People.”
A veteran producer who’s been at it since the early 90s, Goldie is regarded as a pioneer of the drum & bass scene. His 1995 debut album, Timeless, is considered a game-changer for the genre, placing at No. 7 on the UK album charts. The year previous, he co-founded what would become one of drum & bass’s biggest labels, Metalheadz, which over its tenure has hosted releases by artists such as Om Unit, Photek, DLR, Dillinja, and Storm, among many others.
Price joins a small, exclusive club of dance music figures to earn the MBE title, which is the highest honor a British citizen can receive short of knighthood. Last year, BBC Radio 1 icon Pete Tong was bestowed the same award. Also recognized this year (through as an Officer of the British Empire, or OBE) is DJ-turned-actor Idris Elba for his services to drama and Damon Albarn of the bands Gorillaz and Blur.
View the full list of New Year’s Honors awardees here.
Krystal Rodriguez is Associate Editor of Beatport in Los Angeles. She is on Twitter.