Reality TV will get the royal treatment when Prince Harry joins up with British drum and bass DJ Goldie to produce Goldie’s Band: By Royal Appointment, a talent show that gives 12 musicians the opportunity to perform in a concert at Buckingham Palace. It will air on BBC2 in the UK. A royal aide explains Harry’s participation in the project:
“Harry is a fan of reality TV, but what is particularly good about this one is that it’s about mentoring and encouragement – nobody gets voted off or laughed at, so it’s not nasty at all.
“Harry believes music can be a way for young people who haven’t had the best of starts in life to get a new chance.
“It features people from all musical backgrounds, from cellists to R&B artists.”
Glad to see there’s room on British TV for uplifting, artist-development programs like this and The Choir in contrast to (admittedly entertaining) Simon Cowell circus sideshows of X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
If you’re unfamiliar with Goldie, he was at his peak in the ’90s. He was known for his envy-inducing metallic smile, for dating and working with Björk, and for his string of well-received singles with artists like KRS-One and Noel Gallagher from Oasis.
Here’s one of Goldie’s early singles, 1994’s “Inner City Life,” which helped define the jungle sound of the next decade and was remixed ad nauseum:
Here’s 1998’s “Temper Temper” with a guitar-wielding and menacing-looking Noel Gallagher: