Pete Gooding


“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, Judge Jules and Dave Seaman were 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 Moneypenny’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 me 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 eleven years, and have played in over 65 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 in producing with musical partner James Doman and a host of other 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 has been ‘that’ tune, Doman and Gooding Runnin’, a massive radio and MTV hit, as well as remixes for some of the world’s biggest musical names including Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Lady Gaga, Cheryl Cole, Will I Am, Kelis, Professor Green and many more. The new label, Superficial Recordings, in partnership with dance music players Strictly Rhythm. Underground releases as The Machine on today’s most happening labels including Size, Stereo Productions and Audio Therapy, the weekly Global Network radio show, now on over 90 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. And 2011 is set to get even hotter and busier, with a new Doman and Gooding smash, I’m Hooked On You, first on the menu, and plenty more typical Pete-style musical madness and variety to follow.

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 I had at Cafe Mambo only cemented this as I played 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!”