On the path to becoming one of the premier artists of this electronic generation, Tel Aviv’s Guy J has amassed a vast discography showcased within an eclectic list of world-renowned labels. Initially influenced by his homeland and the worlds of psy-trance and progressive, Guy J has grown to embrace all genres and establish a wide-ranging production style that represents the array of emotions fueling his creativity.
Guy’s disregard for boundaries has catapulted his genre-diverse Lost & Found imprint into one of the most highly regarded brands in the underground. The label celebrates diversity and Guy encourages submissions that remain unconditionally true to the artist. The result is a catalogue best described as “good electronic music” — in its purest form.
Guy J’s live and studio mixes are beloved by house, trance, and techno enthusiasts en masse and have helped propel his prominence globally. His sets are hypnotic treks through the entire spectrum of house music, composed with an assortment of originals, remixes and edits. Guy has the freedom to melt together melodies from all genres thanks to his production prowess and masterful touch with Ableton’s revolutionary software.
We had the chance to have a quick talk with Guy J about his upcoming festival We Are Lost happening in Toronto, new music from himself and his label, the challenges of today’s music industry and more… Have a great read while listening to his recent Balance Selections mix.
WWD: Where are you in the world right now? And what have you been up to recently?
I’m now on a plane from Holland back home after playing a boat party last night, had a massive weekend with 2 Lost & Found label showcases in Barcelona for Off Sonár and at Tomorrowland, while also playing in Hungary and Netherland.
WWD: You announced recently your first We Are Lost Festival in North America after some great editions in Europe. Why did you choose Toronto and Canada ?
I’ve been going to Canada for long time now and I always have good gigs there. There is so much love for progressive and melodic music and after all these years working with Ozmozis and building a solid relationship, I think Toronto is perfect for doing the first North American We Are Lost Festival.
WWD: How did you choose the line-up ?
I chose the lineup together with Oz, the promoter in Toronto. We think together firstly which names we appreciate their music and that can fit with the concept of the label and the event. We try to chose names that can also make the build up musically right for the festival. Its very important to have a line up that each DJ can do the perfect job in certain hours that works great with the music they do.
WWD: Can we expect some edition of the festival somewhere else in the world ?
I’m looking at the moment where else I can do the Festival ,there are few places in the world that the label and that music is strong over there so aiming for that first.
WWD: What did you find most challenging about starting your own festival?
I think the most challenging in starting the festival is to find a promoter that can share the same vision as me for that kind of party , but like everything it takes experience to learn these kind of things and avoid mistakes.
WWD: Your own label Lost & Found has been putting out some serious EPs recently, with great artists such as Brian Cid, Eli Nissan, Budakid appearing back on the label. Can you tell us who might be releasing on the label in future?
Thank you 🙂 there is beautiful music coming up next, Clarian and I did a track together and it’s going to be the next release. Also there’s release of remixes for September with music from Khen , LADS , Cid Inc & Navar.
WWD: What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing artists in the current era?
Well I think there is so much music coming out this days , and there are many trends that are being repeated in the music that being released , so I think the challenge is to stay original, but if you do it from the heart you will find your way.
WWD: In terms of music and shows, what have you got coming up over the next few months?
Besides the Festival in Toronto im looking forward to play in the states in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. And of course im waiting to play in Argentina in September , it’s no secret how much I love this place and how much it means to me.
WWD: Outside of music – One change you hope to see in 2019?
That there will be not 1 hungry person in the world we live in.
WWD: Thanks a lot for chatting with us, looking forward to see you in Toronto.
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