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Weekly Underground Sound: Justin Jay

Justin Jay should hardly be a stranger in the dance music world. With releases of major labels such as Pet Recordings and Dirtybird Records, this young producer has got quite the repertoire already. Getting a young start, Justin Jay first developed an interest in dance music at the age of 8 after stumbling upon Daft Punk’s Discovery album. Having already had a background in classical piano, Justin Jay began experimenting with his own sound, which eventually landed him in the winner’s seat in a contest for DJ Mag, where he had the opportunity to open up for Afrojack in London, but later was told he couldn’t perform because he was still under 18, but that didn’t stop Justin Jay. He soon after got an apprenticeship at Atlantic Records along with sending his demos to Dirtybird’s head honcho, Claude VonStroke, while he was still studying at USC. Fast forward to present day and this guy is still producing the funkiest house and raunchiest techno sounds. Oh, and did we mention that he did all of this while still finishing up college?

Yeah. Justin Jay isn’t one to be flying under the radar! His sound is heavily influenced by old-school funk, with a modern-day twist. In this two-hour set from Desert Hearts, Justin Jay charms the pants off of dance music lovers, as he seamlessly moves through a variety of tracks, making sure to never let the bass be forgotten. In this mix, he touches on a lot of new Dirtybird tracks from the new Dirtybird Compilation, If You Find Yourself In A Large Room Vol.1 and also plays quite a few of his brilliant productions, such as “You Give Me Butterflies”, from his recent Momentum EP off of Pet Recordings and also his delightful edit of D4L’s “Laffy Taffy”. Justin Jay is absolutely a name to keep in your mind and definitely a producer to keep your ears on, as he’s been hitting lineup after lineup this festival season.

If you’re not able to catch Justin Jay at any of the many festivals he’ll be playing this summer, be sure to catch him August 8th at the Monarch Theatre with Shiba San.

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