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2011

Hello Again.

Looks like it is that time of year when people reflect back on the year now almost passed. I always find this time of year funny. With a twitter feed full of #dubstepmemories and bloggers writing about how entire genres of music are dying or dead I am looking to the future with optimism and excitement! I can’t wait for 2012, I am making huge plans and I think it’s going to be an absolutely incredible year for music.

2011 was amazing, starting with SXSW then tours in Europe, USA and Canada, Bass Coast Project, relocating to Brooklyn for a couple months, the Frite Nite and Wheel&Deal compilations, so many amazing experiences this year. I did a lot of releases and they were allon compilations. I made a conscious effort to slow down the 12” singles and concentrate on writing an album. Writing an album has been a really interesting process, it’s something I have never done before. I think I thought it would be much easier to do (haha!), but with everything that happened in my life this year it’s turned into a really personal project. It’s finally almost done and I look forward to announcing details.

This year I also collaborated in the studio with some of my friends like SalvaHxdBMichael RedMoldyMayhemDistalXI and Archie Pelago - all of which I am hoping to share with you soon.

In the meantime here are updates on some of the other stuff I’ve been busy with since I last wrote to you all.

East Coast Tour Fall 2011.

My Fall 2011 East Coast Tour was awesome. All of the gigs were great and I wanna say thanks to my agent Devin at Surefire and the promoters we worked with to make it happen. I have to give a special thanks to Jason in Burlington VT who let me crash at his place for a couple extra days after I got turned away from the Canadian border(oops).

It was great to see more of the States and visit cities I’d never been to before. The whole electronic music landscape is shifting right now and people are experiencing some growing pains, the climate for underground stuff can seem a little tough right now but all the shows I played were a lot of fun and had a ton of energy and ultimately I just feel so blessed to be able to play my music for people.

Tectonic Recordings.

I’m super pumped to announce that I’ll be releasing a 12” with Tectonic in the new year. It’s a huge dream come true for me, Tectonic is one of my all time favorite labels.

One of the tracks “Uncertain” is also featured on Pinch’s Fabriclive Mix which will be released in January.

GetDarker.

I’m also very excited to announce that I’ll be releasing my track “Rivet” b/w “Melon” as a 12”/digital with London-basedGetDarker in the first few months of 2012. I feel so good working with Lee Darkside and the whole GetDarker family. They’re doing really great work with their weeklyGetDarkerTV broadcast, regular massive nights in London and their label and they’re just great people. I’ll also be contributing tracks to their massive This Is Dubstepcomilation series as well as a possible EP later in the year. Keep your eyes peeled on GetDarker this year!

Photek Productions.

I have to keep it vague for now but I wanted to tell you I’ll be working on some huge projects with Photek and the Photek Productions label in the new year. To be honest I am just one of the biggest Photek fans on earth and the opportunity to work with him has been incredible for me. There will be a lot more to announce on this very soon.

Frite Nite.

My Frite Nite family had a big year in 2011. They released the excellent Surreal Estate album (featuring my track “Rites”) as well as two massive shows at the Mezzanine in San Francisco.

This year I plan on stepping up my involvement with Frite Nite with some more releases and getting involved with some possible tours. Salva and I recently collaborated on some really cool tracks that I think will see release on the label next year.

Mixes!

I’ve done a very special exclusive mix for URB of all 100% original material. Track listening and mp3 download here. Recorded live in Boston during my East Coast tour, it features mostly all new/unheard material as well as some staples of my dj sets.

Hope you enjoy.

And last but not least I recorded a mix of some of my favorite club tracks of the year. All of these tracks I played to death all over the world this year. Not a lot of dubplate fodder, just solid and stand-out tracks for me this year.

Track listing and stream/download here! Enjoy.

Happy Holidays.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday wherever you are and a lovely new year.

Thank you so much for your support in 2011, it means the world to me.

Salut!

xo 
DJG