Guy J Talks US Dates, New LP and Argentina


Tel Aviv-based DJ/producer Guy J, who is known for his spate of releases on John Digweed’s Bedrock label and helming the Lost & Found imprint, is heading across the Atlantic this week to play a trio of DJ dates in Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Montreal.

“It’s going to be the second time for me [DJing] in Philadelphia and Washington, DC,” he shares via e-mail from the road. “The [dates] I have [played in the past were] great — good crowds and good clubs so I’m looking forward to play[ing] there again and get[ting] to meet more people.”

Montreal is a bit of a different story for him. “I’ve played some of my longest sets there and I love it! Stereo is one of the best clubs in the world for me and the AIM Festival is a new experience that I’m really happy to be part of.”

In July the Israeli mixmaster will embark on a  tour of South America. The run includes four dates in Argentina. How did Guy become so popular in that country?

“The feeling you get in clubs is much more intimate and you feel connected with the people — even if it’s two or three thousand people in a club it’s still connected. The festival experience gives a new dimension to your music, but clubs are the real deal.”

“The Argentinians are very, very passionate people,” he estimates. “I think the most passionate in the world from what I know and my music has a lot of emotions and that’s something that connects with the people I think. I get a lot of messages from Argentinian fans about how the music affects their life and is part of their life.”

Although Guy is booked to play Paul van Dyk’s We Are One Festival in Berlin and the Extrema Festival in Holland, his current itinerary is focused on clubs. He says playing for mass crowds is fun but nothing beat commanding a dance floor at a club.

“The feeling you get in clubs is much more intimate and you feel connected with the people — even if it’s two or three thousand people in a club it’s still connected. The festival experience gives a new dimension to your music, but clubs are the real deal.”

As he jets around the world this summer, Guy’s other priority is finalizing his next artist album. Though he won’t say if the full-length will include any guests, he confirms “it is all original music by me for now.”

With this month seeing Lost & Found issue Roger Martinez’s “Downriver” / “Trans” on June 29, the label also has a remix package of Guy Mantzur & Sahar Z’s incredible Time album, the return of Brooklyn producer Brian Cid to the fold and what Guy describes as “a beautiful track by Bluesoul and many more things” on the horizon.

“I want all the tracks to be out there for people to hear,” he concludes, “because I know Lost & Found is going to give real music to the industry.”

Guy J plays Flash in Washington, DC on June 25, Hacienda Lounge in Philadelphia on June 26 and AIM Montreal Music Festival on June 27. His five-date South American tour begins at La Feria in Santiago, Chile on July 15.

Electric Daisy Carnival New York Announces Full Lineup

Electric Daisy Carnival New York has announced the lineup of its event taking place May 18-20, 2012 at MetLife Stadium. The bill includes a variety of world-class DJs including Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Goldie, John Digweed, Danny Tenaglia, Seth Troxler and Art Department.

Obligatory press gush from Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac Events: “We felt a buzz coming from East Coast fans and decided that New York, with the right venue, would be the perfect stop for EDC. We’re excited to bring Insomniac’s unique multisensory festival experience to the New York area, a kind of production I have yet to see delivered in this market.”

Obligatory press gush from Eddie Dean, co-owner of Pacha New York who partnered with Insomniac to produce the event: “It was a testament to the strength of our brands, and electronic music in general. New Yorkers are a tough crowd to please, but they could hardly contain their excitement for a chance to experience EDC at home.”

Friday May 18
kineticFIELD Stage
Armin van Buuren
Chase & Status
Fatboy Slim
Fedde le Grand
Cosmic Gate

(Hosted by
Pendulum (dj set)
Shy FX
DJ Craze
AC Slater
Star Eyes

neonGARDEN Stage
(Hosted by Pacha
New York)
Oscar G
Chriss Vargas
Dev Bhandari

Saturday May 19
kineticFIELD Stage
Sebastian Ingrosso
* Calvin Harris
Chris Lake
Michael Woods

cosmicMEADOW Stage
(Hosted by Size
Steve Angello
Erick Morillo
Thomas Gold *
AN21 & Max
Junior Sanchez
with special
performance by
CeCe Peniston
Tim Mason

(Hosted by A State
of Trance)
Markus Schulz *
Gareth Emery
John O’Callaghan
Jochen Miller
Rank 1
Sied van Riel

neonGARDEN Stage
(Hosted by Carl
Cox & Friends)
Carl Cox
John Digweed
Danny Tenaglia
Seth Troxler
Art Department
Layo & Bushwacka!
Nicole Moudaber

Sunday May 20
kineticFIELD Stage
Dirty South
Sunnery James &
Ryan Marciano

cosmicMEADOW Stage
(Hosted by
Nero (dj set)
Subfocus Live
Delta Heavy
Jaguar Skills
Sazon Booya

(Hosted by Jacked)
Very Special
Surprise Guest
Bobby Burns

neonGARDEN Stage
(Hosted by Richie
Hawtin presents
Richie Hawtin
Loco Dice *
Victor Calderone
Hot Natured (Jamie
Jones & Lee Foss)

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