Guy J (Lost & Found/Bedrock/Anjunadeep)
Fur Coat (Crosstown Rebels, Watergate, Last Night On Earth)
ABOUT 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. Over the past decade Guy J’s seminal sounds of the moment have extended infinitely and will transcend beyond even his wildest expectations. With origins from the heart, Guy J’s sculptures of melody have developed a soul and a prolific life of their own.
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. And Guy J live and studio mixes are beloved by house, trance and techno enthusiasts en masse.
Inspired by a simple desire to be a part of Tel Aviv’s flourishing club scene, famous for it’s wild enthusiasm and uninhibited atmosphere, Guy launched his music-writing career at the early age of 14. Voluntarily confined to his home studio—aptly named “The Cave” — Guy worked tirelessly to develop his skill set and still approaches each production as if it were his first.
Naturally Guy's early influences were rooted in his homeland and the worlds of psy-trance and progressive. But it wasn’t long before he embraced all genres to establish the wide-ranging production style that represents the array of emotions fuelling his creativity. “I need every track to be real and honest to my feelings,” Guy professes. “I produce all kinds of house music so I have original material to play in clubs. My music is influenced by trance elements, but I love the warm vibe of progressive and energy of old school techno.”
Lost & Found is certainly the crown jewel of Guy’s portfolio. The label celebrates diversity and showcases the brilliance of veteran artists such as Kevin Yost, Funk D’Void and Eelke Kleijn, as well as emerging talent the likes of Guy Mantzur, Sahar Z and Brian Cid. Guy encourages submissions that remain unconditionally true to the artist and the result is a catalogue best described as “good electronic music” — in its purest form.
From a dance floor perspective, Guy's unearthly DJ mixes have helped propel his prominence globally. His Balance Presents Guy J compilation for Australia’s illustrious Balance Music series is a perfect example of what to expect when Guy is in the booth. It’s a hypnotic trek through the entire spectrum of house music, composed with an assortment of originals, remixes and edits for an exquisite experience. 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.
Opening major events for John Digweed. Spinning back-to-back with all-time great, Hernan Cattaneo. Headlining gigs around the globe, most notably in the house music oasis of Argentina, where Guy has reached a level he thought he could only dream of. His list of ultra-impressive accolades is extensive and continually growing, yet Guy J remains his emotional and modest self. It's impossible to find even the slightest bit of pretentiousness in either Guy's personal or professional approach.
His innate sensitivity and strong belief in what you put into this world, you will receive from it; bind Guy to uncompromising honesty in his relationships, and of course, his music. He maintains his accessibility to peers and fans. He’s committed to the constant evolution of electronic music and cherishes his place within its history. It's tempting to close the circle and assume the role that comes with the status he’s achieved, but that's just not Guy J. He thrives like the stunning sounds he provides, with grace and without limits.
ABOUT FUR COAT:
Hailing originally from Venezuela, and now based in Barcelona, Fur Coat’s story is one of passion for techno and electronic music. It’s a tale of deep, dark driven beats and rolling grooves that both encapsulates the mind and moves the feet. It was this love of music that in 2004 brought Sergio Muñoz and Israel Sunshine together and led to a musical intertwining which would drape itself over the shoulders of the music industry.
Crosstown Rebels founder Damian Lazarus unearthed Fur Coat and promptly signed and released their debut EP “Space Ballad”. However, It would be their release ‘ You and I’ featuring vocals from Cari Golden in 2012 that would put the name Fur Coat on the tongue of weekend warriors across the globe. ‘ You and I’ became a global anthem and added fuel to the Fur Coat fire that was already blazing bright. Their debut album ‘Mind Over Matter’ quickly followed and was a smooth blend of club bombs and downtempo grooves that received rave reviews. As a result, the guys found themselves racking up the airmiles and rocking the dance floors of the most prestigious clubs in the world on a weekly basis. Their longstanding friendship and musical kinship came into its own when in the DJ booth, seeing them able to piece together breathtaking sets and wowing crowds at clubs such as DC10 in Ibiza, Watergate in Berlin, The Warehouse Project in Manchester, Rex Club in Paris, Fabric in London, Verboten in New York, Warung Beach in Brazil and many more.
Another landmark was reached as the guys released their first original material since Mind Over Matter. The 'Theres No Time’ EP came out on Hot Creations, followed quickly by 'The Right Move EP' for Ellen Allien's legendary Berlin imprint Bpitch Control, which featured the vocal talents of Jaw from DOP, again cementing Fur Coat’s name at the top of the industry. The duo’s made their much anticipated return to Crosstown Rebels with the killer ‘U-Turn EP’ and its eponym lead track adding a new global dance anthem under their belt. On top of another year of intense touring, it led them to enter the prestigious RA Top 100 Poll straight into the 66th position. Many other acts would have stuck with the same tested recipe for success, but Fur Coat evolved their production prowess towards a darker techno sound, delivering bombs that both implode and mesmerise the dance floor at peak-times. This change didn’t go unnoticed, coming with reworks request for the likes of Stephan Bodzin, Matador and Röyksopp. Their dexterous skills were promptly picked for the infamous Balance mix compilation series and for the highly respected Essential Mix on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show. The duo also played to crowds at the biggest festivals around the globe such as Coachella, Lovelands, DGTL Festival, Snowbombing, Marvellous Islands, Day Zero, Audio River and Balafon Sounds.
Their music has garnered respect from some of the biggest names in techno from legendary DJ and producer Sasha to Slam, Tale of Us and Nicole Moudaber. Fur Coat have kept up the relentless workflow with releases such as the “Interstellar” EP on the renowned Berlin imprint Watergate Records. On top of all of this the pair have plans to launch their own label Oddity Records so it’s not hard to see why their rise shows no sign of stopping. 2017 is set to be another defining year for the duo, whilst developing new material for upcoming releases the pair have a rigorous schedule of key shows across Europe, North & South America and Asia. Fur Coat’s story continues as they carry on pushing boundaries and delivering their deep, driving sound to ears within the most revered venues globally.