JGarrett, Josh Garrett is one of the leading figures of the Vancouver techno scene, having been one of the main driving influences behind the city’s sound and direction since his co-founding of Subspec Records in 2012. Subspec as a label is a key force for underpinning the sound of Vancouver techno. It is JGarrett’s ear for industrial musicÂ (an enduringÂ influence in the history of Vancouver and the Northwest)Â as well as his own deep influences growing up in the Detroit scene that keep the label sounding fresh, relevant and constantly evolving. Without Josh, the Vancouver techno scene would still exist, but it would be more chaotic without the current focus and drive of Subspec Music.
As a producer and Live PA, JGarrett moves from Acid, to Dub and Industrial infused techno with ease and all these techno subgenres seem to keepÂ a constant tug on each other in his productions and sets. His tracks are artful, deep, heady and are careful to draw upon the wealth of his music experience, whichÂ leaves the listener with the satisfying feelingÂ that every part belongs in it’s proper place, both in a mix sense and for their effective use in a song. As such, JGarrett’s tracks are, by nature, veryÂ true to the techno ethic; clean, articulate, and purpose driven.
As ifÂ running a label and being aÂ DJ, A&R, Remixer, Live PA, and producer/recording artistÂ were not enough, JGarrett also keeps himself busy promoting Subspec events alongside Jay ZoneyÂ in Vancouver, playing a much needed role in keeping “Van-city” awash in techno events.
Catch up with JGarrett in the following interviews:
Beats and Beyond
JGarrettâ€™s music is strongly rooted in the influences of his days in the Detroit Techno scene. JGarrett specializes in heavy groovingÂ Techno shot through with Acid and Dub influences that ride on a platform of solid, funk-inflected Motor City sensibilities.Â Born in Ann Arbor, MI Josh Garrett grew up with the nutrient rich musical environment found on Detroit radio in the â€™80s when Talking Heads, Prince, The Police, and Kraftwerk shared space with Front 242, Cybotron, and Cajmere. Josh was involved in the Detroit Techno scene during the pivotal years in the 1990s as the second wave of Detroit labels and artists reached critical mass. Joshâ€™s first live performance was under the name Xyn at ExAT in Detroitâ€™s Cass Corridor in 1995. At the time he was associated with IntelliNET label Smart Records. In 1997 Xynâ€™s debut 12â€³ â€˜Soilâ€™ was released on Glue Records.
Josh is the primary force behind the Subspec Music label, launched in 2012. Subspec has earned support from a number of important artists including: Slam, Drumcell, Gary Beck, Audio Injection/Truncate, Danny Tenaglia, Richie Hawtin, Laurent Garnier, Derrick Carter, among others.