The mainstream EDM world is rife with dewy European teenagers making big-tent anthems, but the L.A. underground dance music scene also has a new, still-in-school rising star.
Justin Jay is a 21-year-old USC student who has a fairly enviable post-grad job lined up -- making twitchy tech-house singles for the lauded Dirtybird imprint.
Though you might have fetched coffee and been subjected to other such indignities as an unpaid intern at that age, Jay was off playing HARD festivals and reputation-making clubs such as Exchange and Sound.
Pop & Hiss is premiering "Denial," off his forthcoming "Instincts" EP. The track, a collaboration with like-minded cohort PILO, veers between paranoid Detroit techno sounds and the sort of deep-grooved house rhythms that made the Yuma tent Coachella's most popular new attraction.
"Instincts" is due out June 9, released right in time to see Jay join his label boss Claude Von Stroke, Moby, Poolside, Purity Ring and many others at Splash House in Palm Springs from June 13-15. Top-notch DJ sets at a beautiful hotel pool while being surrounded by your heroes is probably worth cutting class for.