Woo Bar | Saturday May 7
Born in Dartford, his musical interest began as a drummer when he was a young lad. His first job as a DJ was at a wedding when he was 15, steering him to begin playing soul and dance music in every club that would give him a gig. After leaving school in Rochester, he bought a van and started setting up his own sound system to operate a mobile disco. During the late 70s, he became a journalist for monthly Blues & Soul magazine and appeared on local radio stations at the same time. His knowledge on the dance underground scene then saw him appointed as an A&R manager at an independent label London Records in 1983. In 1988, he launched his own record label FFRR through London Records to embrace the new wave of electronic music which flooded into the UK from places like Detroit and Chicago.
Where you might have heard him
Pete has hosted the Essential Selection on BBC Radio 1 since 1991, and it has attracted one of the highest audiences for a radio show in the UK to date. His All Gone Pete Tong brand has achieved global renown through world-class parties in Miami and Ibiza, as well as dedicated stages at festivals like Creamfields, TomorrowWorld and SW4. On top of this, he has also founded The International Music Summit, a three-day dance music conference which is held in Ibiza, Los Angeles and Singapore. Outside of his achievements in dance music, Pete has also made a reputable career in the movie industry. As a musical supervisor, he was tapped to oversee movies such as Human Traffic, Event Horizon, Shopping, The Beach and 24-Hour Party People, as well as an executive producer in the seminal It’s All Gone Pete Tong. More recently, he was selected to help score Harry Brown.
As a music producer, he has led an esteemed career over the years with notable releases on Pets Recordings, Ministry of Sound, Toolroom Records and more. In 2013, he came up with 60-track The Pete Tong Collection which has garnered a critical acclaim. A year later, he released “The Bumps” alongside John Monkman, while also curating All Gone Ibiza 2014 alongside Tensnake. His discography also includes “Deep End”, “Wonderland” and “Hear Me Now”.
Why see him
The career of this famed Ibiza’s regular mirrors the story of dance music over the decades, leading him to gain massive popularity around the world. Don’t miss him playing at the decks of Woo Bar on May 7.
Pete Tong | Saturday May 7
Woo Bar | Saturday May 7