Interview: Guy J
The true beauty of electronic music is that it has no limits. It exists to be molded into whatever the creator desires. Few embrace this luxury with more precision and care than Tel Aviv’s Guy J.
On the path to becoming one of the premier artists of this electronic generation, Guy J has amassed a vast discography showcased within an eclectic list of world-renowned labels. His disregard for boundaries has catapulted his genre-diverse Lost & Found imprint into one of the most highly regarded brands in the underground.
From a dance floor perspective, Guy’s unearthly DJ mixes have helped propel his prominence globally. Guy has the freedom to melt together melodies from all genres thanks to his production prowess and masterful touch with Ableton’s revolutionary software. There are few as proficient in the art of progressive DJing as Guy J.
This past November, Guy J released his latest LP entitled “The Trees, The Sea & The Sun”, on John Digweed‘s seminal Bedrock imprint. With this, his third LP for the renowned label, Guy J elevates the trademark sound that has made him the revered artist that stands before us today. With that, we thought it was high time to sit down with Guy and speak on all things production, Israel, John Digweed, creativity, and much more.
“I always have a vision that album should be a good story, as perfect as possible, but the words should be filled in by the listener.”
In one of the interviews, when asked about your label Lost & Found, you mentioned it is challenging to have and run a label. Could you expand on it? Which parts about it you find the most stressful?
I think most stressful is being on schedule, I’ve been and I am on the side of producing music, so sometimes you need to chase the producers to stick to deadlines, and not always working. So far I’ve had a smooth ride, I believe in the music I release so it is all being done in positive and exciting vibes.
Israel is a beautiful Mediterranean country, famous for its talented people, food and Tel Aviv in particular is often called hub of innovations. How did coming from there, effect in developing your music style? Do you still perform there a lot? What differences of the scene do you see there?
Israel is very unique place, it is small country and have strong electronic music scene, I got to listen to the best electronic music growing up there, every weekend was and is busy with DJs coming to spin. The scene moved from big clubs to more small spaces, you’ll hardly find events for 2,000 people now, but still the smaller clubs are busy and have good crowd for the music.
One of my best friends is from Israel, and he says, that, even if it does not get close to Tel Aviv, due to the constant war situation, people party there like there is no tomorrow, would you back it up?
Yes, people love going out regardless. It is not a stable area and people go out, restaurants are busy, clubs are working as normal, when it goes extreme then of course people stay home, it is a loop that people got used to, it is amazing and sad at the same time.
Your new album came out this month. Tell us a little what was the creative process behind it? How did you prepare for it, where did you create it? Does the surroundings have influence on your music or you are able to block yourself out from the rest?
Working on this album was hard only because I had so much music to select from, I’m working in the studio a lot and writing lots of music, so I had to pick the right track to build a good flow story.
For the downtempo CD it was easier and more of an emotional process. I love doing downtempo stuff and experimenting in the studio, and downtempo is all about pushing the greats in the studio to the max. All the music I write is influenced from the places I go and the places I will go, the things that happened to me in my personal life. I’m very emotional and express my self through the music, that’s why putting an album together is almost a spiritual process for me.
John Digweed had a massive influence to your career. From when he took you under Bedrock Records, your career took on its journey. First, could you share how did your music get to his ears? What relationship have you developed at this point?
My agent at the time sent my music to Bedrock and then I got to meet John, We speak often and I have so much respect to him, he is one of nicest people in our industry and very good in what he does, not only as a DJ but as a person who knows all the right moves in this industry. I’m grateful for the planet that made me meet this man.