Pete Gooding – International Music Machine
Pete Gooding is a club DJ, music producer, radio presenter, blogger and label boss. But way beyond any name or title he’s a music fan. In fact, Pete is a Music Man. Thanks to his broad musical taste, deep musical knowledge and boundless energy and enthusiasm; he’s one of the lucky few who have managed to turn ‘what I love’ into ‘what I do’. Pete does music full time, full on, all the time.
Take a quick look at his current list of globally happening projects and it’s easy to see why:
Secret Life label and blog – www.secretlifemusic.com
An important new project in collaboration with with Murray McKee and Phil Docherty (aka Futureshock), the label and blog will define Pete and the boys’ vision of dance music for now and the future.)
The Global Network radio show
Pete’s weekly show on over 100 stations worldwide every week
A collaboration with Balearic chillout maestro Steve Miller aka Afterlife. There’s an album due on Chris Coco’s Melodica Recordings and new collaborations with Steve Smith, lead singer from Dirty Vegas and Brooklyn based rapper River Nelson in production
Gooding & Coco
A collaboration with Balearic DJ Chris Coco with several releases on Nang Records, they have just finished Do the Right Thing with Nomi Ruiz from Hercules & Love Affair)
This project has had over 20 tracks out over the last 2 years, with releases on: Viva Music, Stereo Productions, Size, Strictly Rhythm and Audio Therapy.
Gooding & Cowan
A collaboration with Shelburne Hotel, Miami owner and Pacha resident DJ, Jonathan Cowan, with releases on Steve Lawler’s Viva Music and Stereo Productions)
Throw in his own original productions and it’s clear to see why he is one of the hardest working men in dance music. Pete lives right at the centre of all things clubby, in Ibiza, where he is one of the key resident DJs at the coolest bar on the island, Cafe Mambo. Other residencies include one of the U.K’s leading festivals, Bestival, Denmark’s Stella Polaris Festival, and a long running association with Renaissance in the UK.
But it is the Balearic attitude of that special island that epitomises his sound. This most versatile of DJs is as at home playing a club set of proper House as he is going all eclectic at a sunset or a late night after party session. Whatever the occasion, you can rely on Pete to deliver the necessary tunes.
When Pete’s not on one of his regular trips round the world DJing, he spends most of his time on collaborations and solo productions, as well as finding time to start work on his big new project the label and blog Secret Life. So there’s a big bag of Balearic treats, some of which are already in his DJ sets, awaiting release.
With all that going on it’s hard to imagine how Pete has time for human stuff like sleep. Perhaps the dude is less of a music man and more of a music machine.
The Back Story:
“I always have loads of energy because I’m always getting over excited by music, I have the same love for it I had at 15 years old when I first went to Amnesia in 1989!”
Pete Gooding lives in Ibiza where this story begins. He fell in love with house music at the age of 12 after being given a cassette of The House Sound Of Chicago Volume One by his older (and naughtier) sister. The Gooding family were regular summer visitors to the party island of Ibiza. And in 1989, the same sister took Pete, then a sweet, impressionable 15 year old on his first clubbing adventure – to Amnesia.
It was a night that would set the course for his career, his love, his life. When Pete heard the DJ drop Lil Louis’ French Kiss he knew that he wanted to be up there one day, playing the tunes, at the heart of the party, making the world dance. Back in the real world, the family home in Birmingham, England, the life, the dream, felt a million miles away. Undeterred, Pete started building something local, hope of going global with the music still burning strong.
He moved from glass collecting at a local club to running his own night there and booking some of those DJs who were already living the dream (Erick Morillo, Tony Humphries, Graeme Park and Dave Seaman were regular visitors). Then progressed to Rafael’s, the biggest bar in Birmingham, for more successful DJing and promoting and a few forays into the world of guest DJing for Miss oneypenny’s, down the road.
But Ibiza was still calling and in 1996, with a little help from old school friend Steve Lawler, Pete landed a career-defining residency at Cafe Mambo. He would return every summer for the next ten years, making a varied and well-received compilation CD each season and watching as the fortunes of Mambo rose, partly thanks to his eclectic music soundtracks, and it became the best known and best loved sunset bar on the island.
Of course, being a regular behind the decks at Mambo meant Pete got to meet, and build relationships with, a healthy chunk the world’s top DJs and promoters who would come down to play pre-club parties or just hang out for sunset. That’s how he met Geoff from Renaissance and, after a little persuasion, became resident for that global party brand.
“Every week when Geoff came in I’d play a tune that I knew would make him come over. The first time he said – “I’ve only ever heard Sasha and Digweed play this, what’s your name?”
“Then Frankie Knuckles was with Geoff at Mambo, and quizzed him about who I was. The following week Danny Rampling did the same and asked for one of my mix tapes.”
Pete’s adolescent dreams were fast turning to reality. He was now the man, resident at the best bar and a regular at all the big clubs, including his beloved Amnesia, as Renaissance resident, no less.
In 2002 Pete was voted Best DJ at the prestigious Ibiza DJ Awards and since then his music has taken him on a continuous whirl of touring and recording around the world.
“I’ve been abroad virtually every weekend for the last thirteen years, and have played in over 70 countries” says Pete, still amazed that he is doing pretty much just what he always wanted, still excited by tunes he is playing.
“My connection to the crowd comes from the fact that when I’m DJing, I couldn’t be happier. I’m having the time of my life and that links me to the crowd, simple as that. We’re all on the same wavelength.”
The last couple of years have been the most successful so far for Pete. He’s found himself putting more energy and just as much passion into producing, solo and with a host of collaborators.
“It’s the music that has taken me across the world, and now I’m producing and engineering my own material it’s given me even greater freedom.”
There have been No Logo tracks on hundreds of compilations; Doman and Gooding’s Runnin’, a massive radio and MTV hit, as well as remixes for some of the world’s biggest musical names including Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Will I Am, Kelis, Jesse J, Tini Tempah and Lady Gaga and many more; underground releases as The Machine on today’s most happening labels including Viva Music, Size, Stereo Productions and Audio Therapy; the weekly Global Network radio show, now on over 100 stations round the world; and a packed DJ schedule that has included high profile sets at Bestival, Glastonbury and, of course, in Ibiza. Whew, what a scorcher.
Now, with more solo productions on the way and loads of work to do building the new Secret Life Music, label, blog, empire, things are set to get even hotter. But let’s leave the last word with the unstoppable Mr Gooding:
“The reason I am different as a DJ and producer is that I don’t pigeon hole myself in one genre of music. For me there is only good and bad music, so I play all styles of music that I love. This also applies to my production. I have made music that stretches from chill out, electronica, drum & bass to house, techno, pop and dubstep. The key residency at Cafe Mambo only cements this as I play every style of music there.
“I always have loads of energy because I’m always getting over excited by music; I have the same love for it I had at 15 years old when I first went to Amnesia in 1989!”
Key Career Moments:
2012 – started Secret Life Music label and blog
2011 – started residency at the UK’s best festival, Bestival
2011 – remixed Frankie Knuckles’ classic Your Love (“One of the tracks that got me into going to raves and clubs in the late 80s”)
2010 – started new production project The Machine with over 20 releases and support from the world’s best DJs including: Luciano, Reboot, Carl Cox, Nick Fanciulli and Steve Lawler
2009 – Doman and Gooding Runnin’ a hit in Canada and the UK, the track also nominated for a Canadian Juno Award
2007 – started Global Network radio show
2002 – Won ‘Best Ibiza DJ’ at Ibiza DJ Awards
1998 – began DJ residency for Renaissance events worldwide
1996- began DJ residency at Cafe Mambo, Ibiza
1993 – started DJing in and around home town of Birmingham, UK
1989 – introduced to the world of clubbing in an underage trip to Amnesia, Ibiza
The five tunes that made Pete Gooding:
Lil Louis – French Kiss: “I heard this in Amnesia in Ibiza aged 15. It made me want to become a DJ.”
Aphex Twin – We Are The Music Makers: “This was on the first Cafe Del Mar cassette tape I bought from Jose Padilla in 1994.”
Dr Baker – Would You Like To Seduce Me: “My most-played sunset track at Mambo.”
Sydenham & Ferrer – Sandcastles: “Deep, epic, uplifting, this really blew me away.”
Merto Area – Miura: ‘Deep, groovy, sexy House music at it’s best’
Top Five Favourite DJ Gigs:
We Love @ space, Ibiza – Sept 2010
Pacha Ibiza – main room set. June 2006
Bestival – main stage Sept 2010
Sirena, Brazil – 7 hour set on the terrace 2007
Glastonbury – Cube Henge arena 2010