Today we chat to South African radio producer and DJ Roger Goode who has more than 15 years experience in the music business. Roger was first signed to Pete Tong’s London Records with his legendary dance track ‘In The Beginning’ and since then he has produced and released a number of albums, compilations, and remixes, as well as producing and hosting a variety of radio shows.
Have you always been into music and how did you get into DJ-ing?
I’ve been playing around with computers, producing music, DJ-ing at parties, and producing and hosting radio shows my whole life. I started creating beats when I was about 13, on an old 386 PC in the garage. We used to make 8bit jingles for video games and I’ve been hooked ever since!
My first experience behind the decks was a small club in Cape Town called the ‘Fez Club’ around ’99……….this is where I discovered the funky house business.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Pete Tong! He still hosts the coolest dance show on the planet – BBC’s Radio 1!
What’s been your most memorable/favorite set you’ve played and why was it so memorable?
Broadcasting my radio shows from Cafe Mambo in Ibiza! I don’t think there is a radio studio anywhere in the world with a view like that.. and the bar service is great too!
Do you have a favorite city that you’ve played in?
What’s your favorite thing about Cape Town?
Cape Town is home for me. I grew up there. If I had to think of the first thing that pops into mind I would say the beautiful beaches …if you can handle that cold water!
What’s your must do thing for people visiting Cape Town?
Do the bits that the tourists don’t!
Go and visit The Crayfish Factory or chill out at Misty Cliffs in Scarborough near the Cape Point reserve. Grab a bike and go cycling up Chapman’s Peak with a friend. Go for a slow walk up Lions Head in the afternoon and see the city from up there! Kalk Bay has also become a super cool spot to do some light shopping and grab a quality coffee. And of course, the clubs and bars in the CBD are always pumping …
Please tell us your top 3 songs of all time…
I don’t have a favorite song, but I’ll give you 3 songs that you have to play when you visit the mother city…
A CLASSIC… “Bryan Ferry – Kiss & Tell”
AT NIGHT – “PENDULUM – girl in the fire!”
AND SOMETHING FOR THE SUNSET – “Active child – JOHNNY BELINDA”
Finally, what is your life motto?
Don’t sweat the petty things ..and don’t pet the sweaty things!
More on Roger Goode