Coming off of a 2015 that included his first world tour, his Mom, I Graduated! EP on Dirtybird, a new project Justin Jay & Friends, and more, Justin Jay is creating his own home with the launch of his Fantastic Voyage brand/tour that encapsulates who he is as an artist and house party-loving impresario.
Over the past year, you might have see Justin Jay performing with two of his “Friends,” vocalist Josh Taylor and guitarist Benny Bridges, at Coachella, CRSSD, in Australia, and abroad, but now they’re officially joining him on this Fantastic Voyage tour to help drive the live experimentation on select shows.
For a full run down on what to expect, hear what Justin Jay has to say about Fantastic Voyage below, and check out the full list of tour dates above.
“Over the past couple of months, I started throwing a bunch of house parties in LA. House parties are really special for DJ’s because we can play songs we normally never get to play: from the tracks that are too weird and quirky for the big clubs/festivals, to the songs that are too cheesy and feel good for the cool-kid warehouse shindigs.
I like pushing myself to play crazy forward thinking music, but by the end of the night, I also want everyone (including myself) smiling, laughing and having a good time. Sometimes the songs that make me smile the biggest are also cool in their own cheesy way.
‘Fantastic Voyage‘ is a song by the funk band, Lakeside and the name of my tour. Listen to it, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.”
From playing Coachella, to his Mom, I Graduated! EP on dirtybird, and launching his new project, Justin Jay & Friends, Justin Jay has had a rollercoaster of a year, so it only makes sense for him to deliver one last release, after dropping “Karma.” This new offering features Benny Bridges on guitar, and also a new name, Henry Was, on drums, who both lent their talents for this edit that was created with the help of live instrumentation. The edit is a relentless techno heater that adds grit, more percussion, and subtle FX to the original’s foundation. Justin is in the giving mood this holiday season so enjoy the track below and download it here.
“With Benny Bridges on guitar, I saw this techno anthem by Barnt as a way to start messing around with Henry’s crazy drum sounds. We had so much fun making it and even more fun playing it live. With it being the holiday season, we wanted to give it to you guys (especially DJ’s who need an extra jam for those holiday sets).” – Justin Jay
Just last month, Justin Jay put out his celebratory Mom, I Graduated EP, and embarked on his first world tour, which saw him perform everywhere from Electric Zoo, to Decibel Festival, CRSSD Festival, and many other gigs in between. If you’ve seen him on the road recently, you may have been lucky enough to catch him playing with Josh Taylor on vocals and Benny Bridges on guitar, both of whom are college friends, and Benny is finishing his senior year.
Now, Justin Jay is starting to officially unveil what he’s been working on with his friends over the past year, and this new remix of Alison Wonderland’s “Back to Reality” featuring Benny Bridges is the first taste. Have a listen below and hear this inventive tech-house track that merges rock with dance in truly stunning fashion. Expect more of these collaborations in the near future, and don’t miss Justin Jay in a city near you.
“Sometimes making music can be a really intense, serious, grueling process. Other times it’s about being silly and goofing around with your homies. Ben is a crazy jazz/blues guitarist and we had fun pretending to be tough on this remix for Alison Wonderland. We’ve been making a ton of music together with our homie Josh Taylor so keep your ear out for Benny Bridges, laying it down on guitar.” – Justin Jay
2015 for Justin Jay has been one for the ages, and he’s rolling on into the last quarter of the year with the wind at his back. Just last Friday, the LA-based producer/DJ took over the BBC Radio 1 airwaves with an after hours mix feature on Pete Tong’s show, which followed the slot helmed by VIVa Music’s Steve Lawler. Throughout the year, Justin has been teasing his new project, Justin Jay & Friends, so not surprisingly, he decided to include a few new unreleased tracks, amongst an array of groovy jams from the likes of Catz ‘N Dogz, Adriatique, Dimitri From Paris, Aroop Roy, and more. Definitely let this mix carry you into the weekend, and if you haven’t been able to catch Justin on his Mom, I Graduated! World Tour, see when he’s coming to a city near you here.
After bringing us his Momentum EP on Pets Recordings, and a couple other singles, like “Storm” with Chris Lorenzo, our hometown hero, Justin Jay, delivers Mom, I Graduated, his second EP of the year. Since it’s unveiling, the first song on the release, “Hit It,” has been enjoyed far and wide, amassing over 140K plays on SoundCloud, while the longer version of the second song, “Rain Dance,” was recently posted, just in time for the rain storm here in LA. With these two tracks, the EP is yet another prime example of his distinctive, bass-fueled house music style that continues to fill dance floors and bring something fresh to the scene, but what’s most exciting about it is that it features Justin Jay’s own vocals for the very first time. Have a listen to the EP below and and check out Justin Jay’s world tour dates to see if he’s coming to a city near you. This EP is available on Beatport.
Recognize the name Ulf Bonde? You may remember him from a track, “Brother Piña,” that Justin Jay featured in his Desert Hearts Spring Festival live set (@ 1:29:45), but if you don’t, now is a great time to get familiar. Sweden’s Ulf is a brand new LA-based producer/DJ whose musical background consists of classical piano and choir singing. After moving to LA to go to USC a few years ago, and eventually becoming roommates with Justin Jay, he grew a strong affinity for underground dance music. In the midst of school and late weekend nights, Ulf took some time to carefully perfect his craft, but he’s now set for his debut release on September 28th, which happens to be on the trusted label, Culprit.
The first taste of his forthcoming EP, Blossom for Me, is the the title track. Soulful, deep, melodic, and groovy, the track has all of the key ingredients to mesmerize both casual listeners and a difficult dance floor, while also incorporating bits of acoustic guitar, trumpet and harp for a sophisticated touch. Check out the preview here, and stay tuned for the rest of the EP, along with a remix from Justin Jay.
Ulf Bonde is certainly one to watch.
Our little brother and Dirtybird young gun Justin Jay has finally graduated college, and announces his new EP with a fitting title. Listen below, and look out for it dropping on September 11th!
From the heat of the BBQ to the smoking hot talent of Justin Jay, as he returns to the feathery fold with his latest release. The youngest of VonStroke’s proteges, the 22 year old producer continues to build on the promise shown on a string of heavy hitting Dirtybird releases (Femme Fatale, Static, Instincts, Le Voyou.) With all of his tracks created on the same college-dorm studio set up, it seems fitting that we bring you the last from those late night bunker sessions and a brace dedicated to the end of his studies and the start of the party.
‘Mom I Graduated’ launches in to life with the sassily titled ‘Hit It.’ Spring loaded beats adorn an eerie, vocoder-aided atmosphere, before double claps on the beat turn the track into an intensified stomper. The drop descends into thick sub bass, chopped up vocal samples and chiming, echoing percussion around its half time rhythm. This is big!!
Rain Dance starts life out of earshot. A progressive melodic flurry gradually enters in to range through a mist of pitter patter FX touches, while ascending woodblocks bring us to the vocal drop and a thumping kick drum -“I’m gonna make it rain” – Booty aesthetics with a slowed tribal rhythm and swathes of sub bass leak through the speakers. A second summer anthem from the young Californian.
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Ever since one of our favorite dirtybirds, Justin Jay, dropped his Momentum EP on Pets Recordings just months ago, we knew it was going to be a fantastic year for LA native. In the midst of recent announcements for TomorrowWorld, Dirtybird Campout, CRSSD Festival, and Holy Ship 2016, Justin is coming through with his long-awaited collaboration with Chris Lorenzo that’s been dubbed “Storm.” Driven by both breakbeat and four-on-the-floor rhythms, this outstanding track showcases a hybridized sound featuring West coast and UK vibes for a perfect transatlantic offering. Listen to the track below and download it here via the tastemaker label, Black Butter Records.
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Earlier this year, we had the pleasure of attending the first CRSSD Festival in San Diego, and it was the perfect kick off for our festival season. Now several months later, CRSSD surprises the masses with the announcement of their Fall 2015 edition that looks to be even more promising than the last. With the lineup featuring everyone from The Flaming Lips and TV On the Radio, to Jamie xx, Ben Klock, and Justin Jay, Southern California is in for another outstanding festival experience this October. Tickets are on sale here this Friday, July 17th at 12pm PST.
Check out the Fall festival trailer after the jump!