Sunday, 6 July 2014

Ibiza Sunset Special, Cafe Mambo resident: Pete Gooding


I love Ibiza! The picturesque magical Island, the clubs, the sun drenched laid back vibe, delicious cocktails and most of all the sunsets. One place everyone who visit's the Island must go to is the sunset strip, located right on the water's edge in San Antonio. Formerly a hippy hang out in the 60's/70's, especially Cafe Del Mar, it's a mecca for all tourists. But today i would like to tell you about Cafe Mambo which celebrates it's 20th Anniversary. They are renowned for their D.J's, club pre- parties, the legendary Mambo Hierbas and cool chill out compilations tailor made to re-create a sunset experience from the stunning location. There's one resident who for nearly two decades has been taking people on musical journey's, dropping emotional music like Pavarotti's - Nessun Dorma!  as the sun says farewell over the Mediterranean horizon. May i introduce to you  Mr Pete Gooding. Known for being a resident at the legendary Renaissance night's in my home town of Nottingham, he is also a much respected electronic producer.

Pete Gooding has just compiled the 20th anniversary Cafe mambo ( 3 disc set ) c.d with his finest musical moments of his history dropping the tunes on the decks. It's a stunning collection of ambient, downtempo, classical pieces and Electronica from Shirley Bassey to legendary house dj /producer Frankie Knuckles. If you want to know how the true balearic sound feels, this is it.

Here's a taster of his set's at mambo:

I've just managed to get a interview with Pete about his memories and favorite tunes from the island 

  1. How did the residency at Cafe Mambo come about? Remember your first set there, must have been a different experience in the 90's? Any pieces you remember playing that day/night?
I got the job via Steve Lawler as he was leaving mid season in 1996, it was a great time, there were no pre-parties back then so i played up to 9 hours every night so you really got to experiment and take people on a journey. I remember playing tracks like:

William Orbit ‘Water From A Vineleaf’ -
Sasha ‘Heavenly Trance’ -
Elements Of Life ‘Innocense And Inspiration’ -
Mood ll Swing ‘All Night Long’ -
Salt Tank ‘Saragasso Sea’ -
Manuel Gottsching ‘E2-E4’ -

2. What was your first club night you first partied at on the island?

That was back in 1989 with my sister and Brother. We went to Es Paradise and Amnesia, amazing memories that inspired me to be become a DJ.

3. Who impressed you back in the day in Ibiza?

Jose Padilla and Alfredo 

4. Mambo Hierbas or Mojito?

Silly question, Mambo Hierbas every time! ;)
5. One place you like to get away to from the nonsense on the Island?

Maybe a walk around the vineyards San Matteo or getting the boat over to Formentera.

6. Ibiza to you in one tune?

Voice Of Africa ‘Hoomba Hoomba’ -

7. Which D.J would you love to share a line up  with , that you haven't already?

Just Larry Levan as I think I played with all the others I have ever wanted to over the years.

8. Any parties this summer you plan to hit?

Our Secret Life parties at Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes Hotel, we have great line ups like: Jose Padilla, The Grid, Robot 84, Lulu Rouge and many more, plus collaborations with Stella Polaris Festival and label International Feel.

9. How long did it take to finally decide on the playlist for the new Mambo ( 20 )  C.D ? (must have been a nightmare)

No, it was easy, maybe several hours and that’s it, I know that music back to front and I just went from my memories of playing at Mambo.

10. Most maddest thing you experienced at mambo?

Playing to millions of people live on Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show, very nerve racking but I do recall a few Gin and Tonics helped.

11. The tune for you this summer ?

I can narrow it down to 3.

Pacific State ‘Coming Home’ [London Records]
Jose Padilla ‘Solito’ [International Feel]
O.C & Verde ‘Fugazi’ [Secret Life]

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