DJ Gareth Emery on keeping trance alive

British DJ and Producer Gareth Emery sat for a quick interview before his performance at Mansion Miami this past Wednesday. He talked about everything from Hindu mythology to wanting to get a white-collar job. I'd say everyone on the dance floor that night would agree that we're pretty happy he stuck to music instead.

Q: Do you mind when people label you a trance DJ?

A: Well, I guess the first thing to say would be "Do I consider myself one?" I really don't like to put myself in a bracket. I've really liked over the years playing so much different music in my sets. I guess over time, due to playing on certain line-ups, and to be fair making some really famous trance records over the years, understandably that's the bracket I get put in. I don't mind. But, what I do mind is when people apply this really rigid definition of what trance music is. I can play a track by Nicky Romero and people would say, "Well that's not a trance record," when if it was made by Ashley Wallbridge they would consider it trance, even if it's the exact same record.

Q: Do you think trance is dying off as a genre?

A: I think trance has had a hard time and what happened is house music took a lot of good ideas from trance. Trance music now is nothing like what it was 5 years ago, it was all saxophones and all this really sexy stuff. Then people starting taking trance riffs and putting them in house records and I'm not sure people even realized the transition. Trance is very much alive, it just isn't what it used to be. What I really wish is that people in the trance scene could keep their minds more open to all types of EDM.

Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one other DJ, who would it be?

A: Ashley Wallbridge is a great producer. We have a really similar style and have already made a few tracks together. Another good one might be Steve Angello just because we have completely different styles and I've never worked with him and would really like to.

Q: Why did you chose the name Garuda for your record label?

A: I wanted to start a label that could be easily related back to me. So I was traveling in Asia and Garuda is actually a mythical bird in Hindu culture. I heard about the mythology and I loved the imagery behind it. I like the design of it and then when i realized the word had the same first three letters of my name, I thought it was a no-brainer. I had gone through so many stupid ideas like G-star and Garuda just seemed to fit and catch on quite well.

Q: Do you have any tattoos?

A: No. I would like to. I've actually really wanted one for years. When I went to University I went to get a degree in politics and thought I would go into banking or even maybe even become a politican. Then as time went by I kind of said to myself, "Well I guess I've made a decent amount of money in music, I don't think I'm ever going to go back to a 9-5 job, maybe I should get one." That day has passed and I still really want one, I just haven't found the right one yet.


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