About Fish Go Deep
Greg Dowling and Shane Johnson have been playing records in public since the late 1980s. Their residency at Irelands longest running and best known house club, Sweat at Sir Henrys in Cork, spanned more than a decade and influenced a generation of Irish clubbers and DJs.
Over the 1990s Sweat built up a huge international reputation, being variously described as "a gorgeous blend of underground house" (i-D), a "deep house frenzy" (The Face) and "the best music on that side of the Irish Sea" (DJ Magazine). The night was one of Muzik magazine's ten best of 1998/99 and was named best regional club on three occasions at the Smirnoff Dance Club Awards.
Some of the many guest DJs Greg and Shane hosted at Sweat over the years include Joe Claussell, DJ Deep, Miquel Migs, Laurent Garnier, Herbert, Derrick Carter, Glenn Underground, Jovonn and Kerri Chandler.
Since finishing Sweat in November 2001, Fish Go Deeps travels have taken them to clubs across Ireland, the UK and Europe and throughout the US and Canada. Although in recent years Greg and Shane have settled back into a weekly Go Deep residency in their hometown, they still guest regularly overseas.
The duos CV also includes a six-year stint on Cork's Radio Friendly, where their Saturday night show was one of the most popular on the station. Since early 2004, they have hosted the Go Deep show on Red FM and have also contributed numerous mixes to Irelands national music station, 2fm, Dublins Spin FM, Nova (Paris), FMR (Toulouse) and Planet Soul (Toronto).
Greg and Shane's production work under the Fish Go Deep name has been enthusiastically received in recent years, earning praise from deejays, dancers and journalists around the globe.
New Jersey's seminal i! Records have released five Fish Go Deep EPs since September 2000. Other productions have appeared on French label Brique Rouge ("superb deep house" xlr8r magazine), Chicago's Gourmet ("quality club grooves" DJ Maga-zine), New York's Chez Music ("sumptuous" Blues&Soul) and England's Inspirit Music.
In recent years, Fish Go Deep tracks have been included on dozens of compilations, on labels in the US, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Ireland, South Africa and Asia.
In 2005 Greg and Shane launched two of their own imprints, Ork Recordings, with fellow Corkman, Mark O'Sullivan, and Go Deep.
Initial releases on both labels have found favour with such heavyweight DJs as Danny Tenaglia, Laurent Garnier, Louie Vega, Timmy Regisford and Pete Tong, and have been licensed to many different territories.
The Cure and the Cause, a collaboration with vocalist/lyricist, Tracey K, looks set to be their biggest record to date. It has been bubbling under on their Go Deep label throughout 2006 and is due for a worldwide re-release on UK house giant, Defected Records, in the Autumn. Recently selected as one of the tracks of the summer by Billboard magazine in the US, the song looks set to take Fish Go Deep into un-charted waters.