It’s been a particularly exciting year for the LA-based producer/DJ, Justin Jay, as his Fantastic Voyage brand has come to fruition with his debut album, Fantastic Voyage (The Album!), tours around the world, and now, the launch of the label. Fantastic Voyage Records promises to be a home for Justin and his close musical friends, adding another dimension to a brand that has become known for packed-out house parties. The first release is Justin’s own Fantastic Edits EP, a long-awaited collection of edits that many of you may recognize if you’ve seen him in a live setting in the past year or so. The EP features a personal favorite, Justin’s edit of HNNY’s “Sneeze” edit, as well as a “Bangin Bootleg” of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Dance To The Music,” an edit of the Tag Team classic, “Whoomp,” and “Twinkle” with Larry “The Shadow” Muscrove. Check it out here, and download the whole EP.
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Justin Jay‘s debut album, Fantastic Voyage (The Album!), continues to take shape with yet another release. For this one, the dirtybird talent returns to his more DJ-centric style with a remix of his own track, which is a first for his career thus far. Justin Jay has given “Karma” a shadowy and moody feel as he brings new dimensions to the song with a new arrangement, brooding bassline, 80’s-style synths, and more. This release came at a very appropriate time as Justin Jay went b2b with Skrillex and Justin Martin at a house party in Los Angeles late last night/this morning for Justin Martin’s birthday afterparty.
Tomorrow night, Justin Jay & Friends will be bringing their full live performance to Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right, so if you’re in the area, go check it out. Tickets for that show and the rest of his tour are on sale here.
Over the past few weeks, Justin Jay has been riding a wave of vibe-heavy releases from his Justin Jay & Friends project that’s quickly gaining steam in the dance music world. Ever since they teased fans with surprise live performances, and released “Karma” last year, the band has been in the spotlight, and they’re continuing to further their songwriting-fueled house music as they continue to roll out these new songs that will first make up EPs on different labels, then eventually Fantastic Voyage (The Album!).
“Weatherman,” “Can’t Complain,” and “What Do You Want” are the most recent tastes of the Justin Jay & Friends vibes to come, and they each differ in an exciting way, while also staying cohesive as they’re bound by a signature sound that features Josh Taylor’s vocals, Benny Bridges’ layered guitar licks, spacey atmospheres, acoustic drum samples, and an immersive groove. Enjoy and keep an eye out for more to come.
With releases like “Karma,” his Momentum EP, and Mom, I Graduated! EP last year, Justin Jay slightly shied away from his more nostalgic roots in funk and disco, but he has come back to those groovy sounds, and he’s better than ever. For his first release of 2016, the Claude VonStroke protégé has taken on Billy Kenny’s “Work Me,” which was originally released on Germany’s This Ain’t Bristol label. Justin Jay completely remade the track into his own quirky, funky, and fresh take that includes guitar and slap bass elements woven in with a quirky vocal sample and more.
On top of this release, Justin Jay is currently bringing house party vibes to a city near you on his Fantastic Voyage tour. Head to his website for a full list of dates and tickets.
Even after several years of following him, Justin Jay still manages to surprise and impress. If it’s not with his music releases, like “Hit It” or “Karma” from his Justin Jay & Friends project, it’s with his performances that have typically been DJ sets, or DJ sets with his “Friends” Josh Taylor and Benny Bridges, who bring live elements such as vocals and guitar. However, this year, Justin seems to be stepping up his game more than ever, and it’s apparent that these are very exciting times for us as fans and for him as an artist.
Just before boarding Holy Ship! yesterday, Justin Jay dropped his addictive Fantastic Voyage House Party Mix, in celebration of his upcoming tour. With his tour announcement earlier this month, he unveiled his Fantastic Voyage brand/party concept, and filled us in on what we can expect – house party vibes, and a mix of forward-thinking music with songs too weird/quirky for festivals, and other tunes too cheesy for underground warehouses. Additionally, his “Friends,” vocalist Josh Taylor and guitarist Benny Bridges, will officially be joining him on select dates for live experimentation that you may have already gotten a taste of at Coachella, CRSSD, and more. We can’t wait for his LA date at The Roxy on Saturday, February 27th, especially after listening to this new mix. Listen above and head to his website for the full list of dates and tickets.
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.