Under the L.A. sun, Guy Gerber reconnects with his roots.
By Joshua P. Ferguson
Originally published in Time Out Chicago magazine | 06.28.12
Guy Gerber is a popular guy. It’s Memorial Day weekend and we’re in Detroit’s Hart Plaza for the annual electronic-music bacchanalia, Movement, seated side-by-side in the artist area with Chicago’s own DJ Sneak jacking a house beat on the main stage within earshot. A parade of dance music’s elite is stopping by to say hi. First I’m introduced to Steve Bug, then Claude VonStroke, then techno legend Carl Craig’s wife—who lets Gerber know about a barbecue they’re having.
It’s all part of a busy year for Gerber. In addition to a headlining set at Movement—and subsequent after-party sponsored by Spy Bar—he’s just moved to L.A., released a stellar single on Detroit-Berlin label Visionquest and mixed the latest installment of the esteemed Fabric DJ series, plus he’s performing at the inaugural Montrose Beach dance party, Wavefront Music Festival, this weekend. This bustle points to a new phase for the deep-inclined tech-house producer.
“Dance music has to be functional. It means you have to do an intro and an outro that will be good within a mix. For an artist, this can be a little bit boring,” he tells me. “You know, in this art form the reaction is very immediate: If they don’t dance, it doesn’t work. But even if they do, it’s important for the music to be interesting…” A tall, tan woman walks by, taking his attention with her. Gerber—slim, with loose black curls, perpetual five o’clock shadow and an accent that hints at his Israeli upbringing—seems to be a troublemaker with the ladies.
Either that or they’re trouble for him, something he alludes to when discussing the moodiness of his Fabric mix, which consists entirely of his own productions, most exclusive to the release. He was getting someone out of his system, he tells me. “For me, sometimes, I feel really exposed,” he says. “It’s very emotional music, very melodramatic, like me. It was missing some anger, maybe some more hard parts, but it really describes my ups and downs.”
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