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Jay West is one of the most important underground house names ever to come out of Southamerica. This established dj and producer has been touring the globe and playing the most important clubs and festivals for the last few years with no sign of stopping.
With releases on the most notorious labels, like Inland Knight’s Drop Music, Lowdown, Agave, Blockhead and many many more, he has gained support from an incredible variety of mainstream djs, from Hernan Cattaneo, Satoshi Tomiie, Dimitri From Paris or Mark Farina, to Dj Heather, Lawnchair Generals, Hipp-e or The Inland Knights. They have all used Jay’s flavor to rock their dancefloors. It could be said that almost every house set around contains one of his works!
His dj sets, always fun, original and full of funk, have made thousands of people dance in some of the most important venues in the globe. He was part of Creamfields Buenos Aires (One of the biggest festivals in the world, gathering 60.000 people), Southamerican Music Conference (where he worked as a panelist directing production workshops and seminars), Personal Fest or Marlboro Mxtronica.
In his constant touring schedule he has played clubs as big as Pacha Buenos Aires, Crystal in Istanbul, Opium Garden in Miami, Gravity in Lithuania, Lotus Sound Bar in Hawaii or Sutra in Johannesburg.
New York, London, Los Angeles, Boston, Istanbul, Budapest, Sydney, Melbourne, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, San Diego, Buenos Aires, Denver, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Mexico, Bogota, Lima, Rio de Janeiro, Varna, Oslo are some cities in his neverending list of past presentations, always bringing his particular flavor to the party.
Born in Rosario, Argentina; ever since his childhood he developed a huge passion for the art of sounds, and later, in his teenage years, he formed and leaded several rock bands as a composer, singer, guitar, key player and front man. His love for the creation of rhythm and melodies grew in time, and he began learning and falling in love with funk and disco from the past era. Obsessive collector of Lps and always open to new sources of inspiration he discovered House Music and immediately started making beats.
The memories of poolside afterhours in his hometown with hundreds of people dancing to the beats of funk until the sun came out wont ever leave his mind.
His tracks have been featured in various famous compilations such as Mark Farina’s Live In Tokyo OM, BBC essential mix, Johnny Fiasco’s Winter sessions, Roger Sanchez’s Release Yourself radio show or Journey by Dj’s. He has remixed Inland Knights, Jacob London, Troydon, Can Costa amongst a lot of others and been remixed by huge talents like Greenskeepers, Hipp-e, Patrick Turner or Morgan Page.
During the last few years and looking to expand and contribute to the house music world, Jay started Flavor Recordings joining UK’s talented Matt Shrewd. Flavor has grown to be synonymous of funky underground house and has featured some of the most important artists of the scene today like Kinky Movement, Manuel Sahagun, The Littlemen, Toka Project or Da Sunlounge. He also started his own solo imprint in 2008, Candy Music which will feature disco-infused, deep, tech and always groovy beats oriented to move dancefloors all over the globe.
Jay West is only one of the names this Argentinian born self-tought musician uses, in 2007 one of his collaboration projects exploded and gained world respect after a strike of releases in labels like Agave, Alphabet, Shrewd Music, Pilot and Flavor. The Candy Dealers are quickly becoming a household name in the underground house scene. He has also done work under monikers like Pushing Boundaries (with Matt Shrewd), Western Union, Shanty Town or The Golosines’.
Always defying himself to improve and with a heavy schedule of gigs and releases, every year is a new challenge for Jay, with lots of new projects and trying to break more boundaries. You better be there to enjoy it!!