𝙶𝚘𝚕𝚍𝚒𝚎’s contribution to the British music industry was formally recognised as he was awarded an MBE (𝙼𝚎𝚖𝚋𝚎𝚛 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙾𝚛𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙱𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚜𝚑 𝙴𝚖𝚙𝚒𝚛𝚎) by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony, at Buckingham Palace, London.
The 50-year-old Walsall-born DJ – whose real name is 𝙲𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚍 𝙿𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚎 – beamed with pride as Prince Charles attached the ribbon to the lapel of his suit, admitting:
“It’s a bit of a shocker but a very very beautiful thing to happen, It was a complete surprise to me. I think it also stands for what you can achieve – anything really.’
𝙶𝚘𝚕𝚍𝚒𝚎 couldn’t believe his luck as he put the experience in perspective, saying: “I remember in 1977, when I was with 43 kids in a children’s home in the Midland, the Silver Jubilee taking place and thinking what’s this all about? Now look at me”. Born to a Scottish mother and Jamaican father, 𝙶𝚘𝚕𝚍𝚒𝚎 spent his early years in children’s homes after his mother put him into care.
The star has long credited music for “saving my life” as he campaigned for the government to continue to fund the arts world. 𝙶𝚘𝚕𝚍𝚒𝚎 called for more support for the arts as his services to the dance music industry and young people were celebrated.
“Music and art well and truly saved my life really – the light switched on when I discovered art”.
“Art and music is so important for young people – the arts need to be supported and I think there are so many Clifford Prices out there like me”, he said.
He rose to fame after the release of his debut album 𝚃𝚒𝚖𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚜𝚜 including the hit track “𝙸𝚗𝚗𝚎𝚛 𝙲𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝙻𝚒𝚏𝚎” regarded as a seminal dance song of the Nineties – which went on to become a landmark record in 1995. Later years saw his introduction to breakdancing and graffiti art, where he showcased his artistic skills, before making his hugely successful foray into the 𝙳𝚛𝚞𝚖 & 𝙱𝚊𝚜𝚜 music scene in the early ‘90s and subsequently setting up his own record label, Metalheadz. Initially inspired by 𝙳𝙹 𝙺𝚎𝚖𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚢, he is often credited with having introduced new techniques into 𝙳𝚛𝚞𝚖 & 𝙱𝚊𝚜𝚜 music, as well as popularising the genre.
Recent years have seen him rack up what some may describe as more ‘high brow’ achievements, like classical music composition and successful art exhibitions as well as receiving an honorary degree of Doctor of Social Sciences from Brunel University in 2010.
‘It’s really important to understand it’s nice to be recognised but it’s also nice to say, “that can work as leverage to make things better and change things”, he said.