Guy J is no stranger to electronic music. He started producing at the age of 14 and is now considered a hometown hero in his city of Tel Aviv, Israel. His first release was at the age of 21 and since then, Guy has produced copious amounts of new material and has had his tracks played by the likes of John Digweed and Sven Väth.
Speaking personally, Guy J was one of the first DJs that peaked my interest into the hypnotic and deep side of electronic music. His track “Fixation” still remains as one of my all-time favorites. The melodic tempo hangs in the ether like aerosol in the ozone. The track is incredibly fast, as if you’re speeding through a perpetual tunnel.
Guy’s tour continues in Belgium, Moscow, Ireland, and London during April and May. We wish him the best of luck and hope for him to come back to Miami soon. Check out our exclusive interview with Guy J below.
What made you want to become a DJ?
I started at a very young age. I loved the feeling of playing music to other people and getting that feeling of “Wow, what is this track?” I used to hear a lot of sets by DJs. I was fascinated by the journey that was taken in a radio mix, even if it was a hip-hop mix or just a radio show playing rock music or pop. At the time, radio mixes were really an art.
Who are some of your influences?
Growing up, I was influenced by trance and progressive house music. I loved the energy and emotions in both of them and the story they were telling. I think today I get influenced from things other than music itself. When you start making music, you try to copy the producers you love. You try to do what they do and in the process you develop your own sound and technique to work. When you are at that stage, then life starts to influence you. Of course, there is great music out there that is inspiring, but what pushes the right button to create is life.
Tel Aviv has been gaining popularity in terms of its music scene. What do you think contributed to that growth? Or do you think you contributed to that growth?
I Think Tel Aviv contributed to me rather than the other way; Tel Aviv has amazing energy as a city. I think the turbulence that the country/city is going through non-stop makes the energy so unique, for the good and bad, and thats why the music scene is like that, it has a lot of magic when you go there.
Describe your setup.
When I play I use Traktor on my Mac, Apogee sound card, Novation Launch XL Controller and original music.
How does it feel to play a brand new festival such as Rapture Electronic Music Festival? Does it give you more creative freedom?
It feels great to play in a new festival dedicated to underground music and, more than that, it feels great being part of it. I think it is great timing to bring something like that during MMW/WMC, which has a lot of EDM going around. As for creative freedom, I always go and play the music I love, so on that aspect it doesn’t change for me.
Do you prefer clubs or festivals?
Both. I think each bring something different to the table. Some tracks have more power in clubs and some have more power in festivals. The same goes for big or small clubs.
What are some upcoming projects?
I started a new label with Sahar Z called Armadillo, which focuses on downtempo music and experimental music made by producers from our world of electronic music. There is music coming out from Robert Babicz, Eitan Reiter, Guy Mantzur & More. Like always, I’m working on a lot of original music and have upcoming gigs which I’m very excited about in South America, U.S.A., Europe and more.
I read the article “Guy J 5 Tracks of the Moment” on BigShot Magazine. Who else are you listening to?
I recently registered to Spotify and explore a lot of genres. I love listening to rock music and downtempo music when i’m traveling.
Could you see electronic music maybe being a catalyst for change in the Middle East?
I think electronic music has a positive influence on the Middle East. It’s an international language that removes all boundaries created by politics & agendas. The rest depends on education.
Where do you see underground electronic music going in the next decade? Will it expand further into places like Israel, Brazil, or Japan?
Underground electronic music is everywhere. I get to visit new places every year around the world. People found out years ago, and people are finding out now, that it’s some kind of relief when you go out and hear good underground music. It is pure release from the stress & thoughts that you get during the week.
Listen to Guy J’s ‘Converted Reality’ Mix for THUMP below and check out his upcoming tour dates here.
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