60 Seconds with Pete Gooding

Pete Gooding has spent the best part of his life on the island, which he now calls home. We caught up with him to get an idea of how he hangs out away from the decks and the studio.

What is it about Ibiza that makes it so special?

For me it’s because I have been coming here every year since I was 12 years old and now It’s also my home as I moved here 12 months ago, so it’s like home.

Does Ibiza still play a role in breaking a new tune?

It’s without a doubt the most influential place in the world to break a tune, if it’s big here, it’s automatically big nearly everywhere.

How important is Ibiza to the building of a global club brand?

If you build a brand there you have a strong chance to make it strong globally, so it’s essential.

Describe your first Ibiza experience?

The first important one was in 1989 when I was 15 years old and my sister took me and my brother to Amnesia and Es Paradise, this was my first ever clubbing experience and also the moment I knew I wanted to be a DJ.

Away from the club how do you relax on the island?

I love the beaches: Salinas, Es Cavallet, Cala Conte and especially Formentera, that is the best place to relax, it’s paradise! Also going for walks in the hills, cycling and eating out with friends and at night, if I’m not working, I am usually on the open air roof top bar at Pacha as you see all your mates there and I love the vibe.

Which is your favourite beach?

In Ibiza it’s Salinas as you get great food, music, the water is perfect for swimming and in Formentera it’s Illetas, because it’s so beautiful, also Juan Y Andrea the restaurant on the beach is incredible!

What are you listening too chilling on the beach?

The sound of the waves.

You’ve got a night off, where do you head for food?

I have always loved Sa Capella, lots of great memories there over the last 18 years, also for some lovely tapas either Rincon De Peppe in San Antonio or La Bodega in Ibiza town. Also for a great omelette, Can Cosmi in Santa Agnes.

Name three essential items needed to survive your Ibiza trip?

Lots of money as it’s so expensive these days, a good guide book like the Pacha magazine and hire a car, makes everything so much easier and you will get to see the whole island.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen/experienced on the island?

After so many years here I have some crazy stuff, from crazy characters I have met that really make Ibiza what it is and seeing a porn film being shot on a deserted roadside, it generally involves excessive behaviour though one way or another.