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Interview with Guy J

Guy J is currently one of the most in-demand producers and DJs around, and is described as being at the forefront of a movement towards the melody-rich and emotionally charged roots of the house music spectrum. His amazing album ‘1000 Words’ was dubbed as one of the musical highlights of 2011, and has left house lovers everywhere waiting with baited breath for what he’s going to create next. The young Israeli has a busy few months coming up – he’s launching his own record label ‘Lost & Found,’ has an exclusive track on Sven Vath’s next Cocoon compilation and has an Australian tour to do – and that’s just June covered. BBM spoke to Guy J about what he makes of all his recent success, his love affair with Australia and how he got to where he is today. Dive into our exclusive Guy J interview.

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Hi Guy, how are you today? What have you been getting up to recently?
I’m great thanks, very busy preparing my first release on my new label – Lost & Found – and working on lots of new music every second I have, as usual!

When did you start getting involved with music?
I started to get into music at a very young age, but when I really got involved was 2006, so time is flying!

Who were your main inspirations when you were starting out? Who inspires you now?
I can say I was inspired mainly by James Holden and Guy Gerber. There are a lot of amazing producers out there, but to keep making each track different and creative is a gift that not everyone has.

If you weren’t doing this for a living, what do you think you would be doing?
Photography. I love it, it’s the next thing that fascinates me after music.

You’re touring Australia in June – have you played there before?
Yes, I’ve played in Australia a few times already and every time I leave I’m longing for the next time I can come back! I love the way the crowds at the clubs I play are there to enjoy the music and be part of the night and what is going on in the club. They create such an amazing atmosphere.

While you’re out there what will you do in your spare time? A bit of sight-seeing? Anywhere in Australia you’d particularly like to visit?
I’ll do both, I have family there so will also try to spend some time with them. It’s not every day you get to see friends and family who live on the other side of the world, so I always try to make the most of this opportunity.

You’re travelling a lot this summer – you’re playing in Hungary, India, Spain, France and the USA just to name a few. Is there anywhere you’re looking forward to playing the most?
From the tours I have coming up, Australia is gonna be the most exciting one, I have so much new music to play since last time and every time I’m in Australia I get to see some familiar faces. It’s also challenging to go back and give my best as always when “last time” looks like the best I’ve done so far. Space, Ibiza with Carl Cox and the Electronic Sessions Boat Party will be amazing, I’m sure.

You’ve got an exclusive track ‘Genesis’ on Sven Vath’s next Cocoon compilation. How does that feel?
It’s great to be exposed to another crowd, more listeners, and to sign a track to Cocoon, which is a big and respected label, is the best way for me to get to this other crowd of people, so I’m very excited about this release in June.

You’re launching your own label ‘Lost & Found’ at the end of June. How did that come about? Is it something that has always been in the pipeline for you?
To have a label, I think, is what almost every artist who loves music must have in mind, but to have it as a sub-label in the Bedrock camp is a dream come true. John Digweed has always been supportive of me and suggested we could do it that way, so I hope to give it the best I can to make it progress and keep on putting good music out there.

Your remix of Circulation’s ‘Turquoise’ is being dubbed as one of the 2012 summer anthems. What are your hopes for it and why did you choose that track to rework?
Circulation’s ‘Turquoise’ is one of my all-time favourite tracks, I have it at home on vinyl from years ago and when the guys from the Mesmeric label came to me with this idea I was very happy to do it. Doing a remake of a classic is really challenging and makes you want to do the best work you can do, so I hope everyone that knows the original will enjoy my remix. You can listen to Guy J’s remix of Turquoise HERE.

What can we expect from you for the remainder of 2012? Is there anything you’re working on at the minute?
I’m working, at the moment, on a package for Loopmasters which will be out in the summer and on more music, music, music. Thanks.

Thanks Guy!

By Hannah Kurzawski

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Sun Jun 10 – Brisbane – boat party (afternoon)
+ Melbourne – New Guernica (evening)
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