Written by noiZe Staff
"Variety is the spice of life," says Paul Goodyear. A recent transplant to London from his Australian homeland, Goodyear has been behind turntables for twenty–two years. "There has been a shift in DJing; more and more DJs will only play one sound, one kind of music exclusively. There is so much great music out there of all genres." For Paul, keeping his play list diverse has paid off in his long career as a DJ.
In the late Eighties and early Nineties, Paul taught himself how to re-edit tracks using two tape reels, the ancestors of today’s digital audio software. In 1991, he was asked to do a re–edit of an obscure Pet Shop Boys track, "Miserablism," for Hot Traxx, a DJ service label based in San Francisco. That was the beginning of a list of over 250 remixes and 50 releases Paul has produced over the span of his career. Recently, Goodyear moved with his wife and their cat from Sydney to London. It was quite a move for the whole family, but he felt he had accomplished everything there was to accomplish as a DJ in Australia. "I’ve lived in the three biggest cities in Australia – Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane – and I’ve spun at all the top clubs and parties in all of those places." It was high time to conquer Europe and the rest of the world.
Goodyear considers himself Australian, but technically he is English. His family moved to Sydney when he was five years old. Thirty-plus years later, Paul is thrilled to be back in London. He calls it "vibrant," though he admits to being a bit homesick. However, he’s already secured a residency at XXL, a bear party that draws a crowd of 1500, and starting in March he will be spinning Friday nights in Amsterdam at a new event called Reflexxx.
Having long moved beyond the tape reels to ProTools, Goodyear spends more and more time lately producing and even writing music. He is currently collaborating with high–energy legend Paul Parker, who hasn’t recorded anything since the late Nineties. Goodyear has had chart success in both Australia and stateside. Top 10’s of his include remixes of Taylor Dayne’s "How Many" and Deborah Cooper’s "Real Love." On the latter, he was delighted to have been asked to submit a remix by the song’s writer, Tony Moran, whom Goodyear counts as a longtime influence. He also gives big props, by the way, to the likes of Peter Rauhofer, San Francisco’s Phil B., and the legendary Jerry Bonham.
Other releases include a remix of a cover of "Smalltown Boy" by Michael Nicholas on Klone Records and a cover of Sylvester’s "Take Me to Heaven" by Shauna Jensen on MIT Records (UK).Goodyear is one of the three main headliners at 2007’s Mardi Gras celebration in Sydney. The huge mega-event takes place at Fox Studios and draws crowds of over 16,000 partiers.
Paul is a Master of the Decks. May he always move the dance floor with grace
By Flagdoc on 06-18-2008
hi paul this is rollie in lincoln nebraska the last time i corresponded with u was on my space i can’t get in to that at all u said u could send me some mp3??
i havn’t heard madonnas dance to nite is that a good trsck??
be good take care i had a stroke 2 years ago and was the friday nite dj at q here in lincoln
im still impared on my left side i hope to spin again i love your mixes wis ih knew how to do that but ion yime i spose
By rollie on 09-21-2008
hey paul the blurb above is on the old side huh.. lol
i still can’t get into myspace hope to hear from u at my hotmail.com can’t wait to hear your mix of lustrals every time it might be hotter than nalins and kanes mix huh?
By rollie on 10-27-2008
By HAKAN OZTAS on 11-30-2008
Frisco Disco Events is SO excited to have DJ Paul Goodyear spinning at The DISCO - San Francisco this year for Pride on June 27th! Can’t wait to see you spinning in our Giant Crisco Can DJ Booth with the 2.5 foot wide Cherry Disco Ball spinning above the dance floor!
Co-Producer & Event Manager
Frisco Disco Events
By Kyle Pickett on 05-06-2009