SPTL091: Gareth Emery
Most DJ/producers don't crack into the DJMag Top 100 before the age of 30. Most of them don't shun major label attention. Most of them don't have them don't have the balls to call out the scene that they belong to when it's failing to deliver the goods. And some don't even produce 'their' own tracks. Gareth Emery, with his potent blend of trance, house, electro and techno, however, is not your average major league artist.
He was a prodigious talent in his childhood, teaching himself to play the piano from the age of 4, and continuing his invaluable classical education until he began playing guitar in an indie
band at 15. Neither of these were false starts for his eventual electronic conversion; instead, both paths giving him essential
experience and understanding of music and songwriting and how to convey emotion through his sounds. His baptism of fire came on a chance trance trip to Ibiza in 1998, which was followed by three years of learning the machinations of electronic music making. At the age of 22, he created a track on a laptop while on holiday in France. That track was the instant classic Mistral; a stunning debut which soon had unsuspecting pundits and clubbers alike eating out of his hands. From here onwards his career ascent was impressively - and deservedly – rapid.
“I guess it’s just good, melodic dance music,” he says of his musical style. “One of the most positive things about the scene over the past few years has been the gradual breaking down of genre barriers and the cross-pollination of sounds. I just look for records that I enjoy musically and also work well in a club. The genre is unimportant”. He's not afraid to meld his bold, scintillating electronic motifs with more organic flavours, with his crisp, sharp leads and basslines frequently married to soaring vocals, traditional songwriting prowess and what some might call 'proper' instruments.
His 2012 is off to a huge start, with latest single Concrete Angel premiered on Judge Jules’ Radio 1 show, and its video added to the prestigious MTV Dance playlist as well as racking up 1 million YouTube plays in its first three weeks online. He’s been chosen as a resident for Las Vegas’s Marquee - one of the most outstanding club venues in the world in the city that everyone’s calling the new Ibiza - while he’s also playing the enormous Ultra Music Festival and taking Garuda to Space Miami. Clocking up air miles like nobody's business, he's massively in demand across the globe, his continually evolving sound gaining him bookings at an impressive variety of clubs and festivals the world over.
1. Ashley Wallbridge - Zorro (Club Intro Mix)
2. Gareth Emery feat. Mark Frisch Vs R3hab - Into The Bottle Song
3. Topher Jones - Brohammer
4. New Order - Blue Monday (Thomas Penton Bootleg Remix)
5. Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound
6. Martin Solveig Vs John Dahlback - The Night Out / Life (Gareth Emery Mashup)
7. Henrik B & Rudy - Leave A Light On
8. Porter Robinson - Langauge
9. Mark Eteson & Meredith Call - Together
10. Shaun Gregory - Liquid Neon
11. Rafael Frost - Channel 4
12. Gareth Emery - Tokyo
13. Ben Gold & Tritonal - Apex
14. Tritonal feat. Christina Soto - Everafter (Craig Connelly Remix)
15. Gareth Emery feat. Christina Novelli - Concrete Angel (John O'Callaghan Remix)
Catch Gareth Emery at Cream Ibiza on 21st June, 12th July, 26th July, 9th August, 13th September and the 20th September.