Guy J is an Israel-born house producer who runs his own imprint ‘Lost & Found’. He’s established his career through immersive DJ sets and outstanding productions. With his ‘hypnotic take on house music’ and ‘deeply textured techno’ he’s definitely set in stone his place in the house music scene.
We got to have a quick chat with Guy J about his influences, why he decided to start his own label and his love for hardware.
Q) You run your own imprint ‘Lost & Found’, now that we’re half way through the year, how has 2017 been for releases and how is the rest of the year looking?
A) 2017 so far is beautiful year for the label, I feel in these five and half months I managed to bring another angle of house music to the followers on the label. My idea with the label is not to stick to one genre of house music but be free to release all kind of genres and with music by Luca Bachetti, Lehar, Termoment and more.
Q) Is it hard to balance running an active label whilst also being a touring DJ or have you gotten used to it at this stage?
Q) When you’re accepting new artists to your label, is there certain key factors in their tracks you look out for?
A) I’m looking for the most important “ingredient” if we can call it like that, original music and producers that kind of have their own “Sound” to their music. It’s important for me to release music that can turn into a classic in the future. It’s very hard to find original music today with all the tools that producers have today to make music, which makes the process easy and fast, so creativity disappears.
Q) You make your return to Dublin this Friday in the Button Factory, how do you find playing to the Irish crowd?
A) I absolutely love coming to Dublin, I’ve been coming once a year for the last few years with the Melodic crew and every night was on fire. Dublin is also one of my favorite cities and one of the city I travelled to first as a tourist and fell in love with it.
Q) I read that you’re a huge fan of analogue gear, do you find producing with hardware helps your creative flow?
A) It helps a lot, there is something special with recording music straight to your ADW on wav format knowing this is the only take you will have. I think it’s more challenging but also kind of makes the sound of music not so perfect and a bit dirty and warm, also the process of touching the gear, using your hands and not just the mouse on computer is a different feeling, and of course the sound is something different then using a software.
Q) For someone starting to delve into the hardware game, what’s one piece of advice you would give them when buying their first piece of kit?
A) I think the best advice in terms of great would be getting the Virus Ti, for this was the first gear I bought and I made a lot a lot with it, it has everything in it. I use it today less but as a “starting gear” which is actually in very high standard it can be amazing synth for making music and also learn about how synthesizers work. I learned a lot using it.
Q) Are you still based in Israel? How has the dance music scene changed since when you were growing up to now?
A) I haven’t lived in Israel for the last few years but from visiting there and from living there I can see that the scene had moved in to smaller venues then before but still it’s rocking, I travel a lot in the world and I think Tel Aviv has one of the best nightlife cultures I’ve seen. People just go out everyday no matter what and the energy there is great.
Q) Lastly, do you remember the definitive moment in your life when you decided you wanted to be a DJ/Producer?
A) It was long, long ago, I think I was about 14 when I told my parents I want to learn to DJ. At home the radio was always on and I used to hear all kind of music but electronic music caught my attention the most, I just loved playing music to other people, I think when you play a beautiful track/song to someone you feel kind of ownership on it and you feel proud presenting this musical piece.