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INTERNATIONALLY renowned DJ Pete Gooding took a break from jet-setting to gigs around the world to speak to the Solihull News.

Gooding, who has played in 70 countries, was behind the decks in Ibiza’s legendary Cafe Mambo for ten years, where he won the island’s best DJ award in 2002.

Gooding, who has played in 70 countries, was behind the decks in Ibiza’s legendary Cafe Mambo for ten years, where he won the island’s best DJ award in 2002. But it was in his hometown of Solihull where he first cut his teeth as a DJ.

“I used to be glass collector on what was Rosies on the High Street,” he said. “No-one gave me a gig so I suggested starting my own night. In 1993 I got together with a guy who played on weekends called Phil Dockerty (later of Futureshock fame). We started booking all the biggest DJs - that’s kind of how it started.”

Three years on and Gooding was the resident DJ in one of the hottest bars in San Antonio’s sunset strip, playing alongside the likes of Groove Armada and Pete Tong.

“It was great fun, I absolutely loved doing it,” he said. “I’d stay out there for five months, playing nine hours a day.

“Ibiza is a beautiful place. I’ve played in over 70 countries but the best clubs really are there.”

Gooding has just returned from playing in Tokyo and Shanghai and regularly plays in Europe, and of course Ibiza but said the life of a DJ wasn’t all glamour.

“The image of being a DJ is chilling out all day and playing for a few hours at night but I often work 16 hour days. I work incredibly hard but often I don’t notice because it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do with my life.

“I’m passionate about it.”

The DJ has also produced for Lady Ga Ga, Tinie Tempah and Will.i.am, created numerous dance compilations, broadcasts weekly on the Global Network Radio Show, and hit the UK charts himself recording as Doman & Gooding.

Follow him at twitter.com/PETEGOODING or visit http://facebook.com/petegoodingofficial.

 

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