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Gareth Emery has been one of dance music’s most exciting musicians, record producers, and DJs over the past decade. The British artist is best known for racking up millions of monthly listeners with his four artist albums – ‘THE LASERS’, ‘Northern Lights’, ‘Drive’ & ‘100 Reasons To Live’ – all iTunes dance no.1 chart-toppers – the most recent hitting the top spot in over 25 countries.
Born Gareth Thomas Rhys Emery in 1980, Emery grew up in Southampton, England alongside his sister, singer/songwriter Roxanne Emery. Classically trained on piano, he also played guitar in punk bands during his high school years. It was while earning his degree in politics from the University of Warwick that he became interested in electronic music, especially trance. He began remixing songs by others, and quickly moved into producing his own tracks. In 2002, his remix of the Shrink’s “Nervous Breakdown” started gaining attention, including getting played on BBC Radio 1. He made more of a name for himself later in the year with his own “Mistral,” released on his and Alexis Hooper’s Five AM label under the name GTR. The Five AM Sessions (2005) was the first of his several commercial mix albums.
Five AM shut down around 2008, after which Emery moved to Manchester and established his Garuda label. The label’s first CD release was Emery’s double-disc mix The Sound of Garuda, which appeared in late 2009. Emery released his debut production album, Northern Lights, in 2010, followed by the remix collection Northern Lights (Re-Lit) in 2011. In 2013, Emery urged his fans to stop voting for him in DJ Magazine’s annual Top 100 poll (which he had consistently charted in since 2006) because of the enormous marketing budget involved; instead, he donated his budget to charity.
DriveHis second album, Drive, appeared in 2014, with an expanded reissue containing a disc of remixes arriving a year later. Also in 2014, Emery became the host of a weekly online radio show, Electric for Life. He has released two albums of material from the show, Electric for Life 2015 and Electric for Life 2016. Following his move to Los Angeles, Emery issued the full-length 100 Reasons to Live in 2016. In 2019, he paired with fellow DJ Ashley Wallbridge for the album Kingdom United
In 2020 saw the release of THE LASERS; Emery’s long-awaited fourth artist album, signaling a return to Emery’s band days. Stepping away from the standard DJ route of endless collaborations and songwriters, Emery is proud of writing every song himself. “Making this album felt like being in a band again, not being a DJ” he admits. “It’s without doubt the best thing I’ve ever done.” Emery will take the new album on tour in 2021, featuring a brand-new live setup and never-seen-before stage production. The follow up to his Laserface show, notorious for selling out venues like San Francisco’s 8,500 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Emery plans to once again set the bar for cutting-edge production. Andy Kellman ~allmusic.com
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