Dec 23 – Layton Giordani + Julia Govor
Layton Giordani was born in New York in 1992. During his childhood and adolescence, he grew up blocks away from the east coast shore and was very keen on surfing and skating. However, it was when he heard house music for the first time that shaped the direction for the remainder of his teenage years.
After graduating high school, his interest in dance music developed into a full time occupation for the now prolific producer. With his first experience of a real club at Pacha in New York City, at only 15 years old it was then turning into an every weekend hobby. He even locked down the opportunity to play there a few times after teaching himself how to DJ and putting in full time work in the studio as well as local nightclubs.
His dedication and determination paid off. In a short period of time, and before he was even 23, he was playing at some of the best clubs in New York including Cielo, Pacha, Space, along with landing a residency in 2015 at Output.
His first mega release ‘Careless Suggestions’ on Phobiq Records catapulted his name into the limelight. With massive support coming from Deadmau5 on the Ultra main stage at WMC in 2014 to being aired by BBC Radio 1 & Carl Cox’s notorious Global Radio show, the track stayed in the Beatport Techno Top 100 chart for over half a year.
Since then he has seen a steady stream of releases over the last two years. Starting with Carl Cox’s & Jon Rundell’s Intec in 2015, his ‘Never Forgotten’ EP went straight to No.10 on the Beatport Techno chart. Layton then got picked up by Adam beyer with his ‘Unspoken’ EP dropping on Adam’s Truesoul in the summer of 2016. His Beatport success continued with the title track climbing to No.3 in the Techno chart.
As his relationship with Adam Beyer and Truesoul developed, the young
producer reached a landmark in his career further releasing ‘Rivington’ on Adam’s world-renowned Drumcode imprint. Following that, he dropped a massive remix for Gabriel Ananda’s all time classic ‘Doppelwhipper’ on Truesoul again.
It’s safe to say with all this under his belt, we can expect to see Layton take things to the next level in 2017, with news of his next project now unveiled, he will be releasing his first LP also on Drumcode in February titled “Where It Begins”.
Having already performed events with a selection of artists including Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Solomun, John Digweed, Len Faki, Alan Fitzpatrick and Monika Kruse to name a few, we can expect this talented New Yorker to step his game up in 2017 with gigs confirmed in Europe and North America, at some of the biggest festivals techno has to offer.
With much to come from Layton, he’s one you need to keep your eye on as he continues to bring his innovative, infectious sound to us all in 2017.
Julia Govor was born to move people. She made her debut performing in a small military town in Abkhazia, which led to her becoming the cassette-DJ at the town’s nightclub. Every Saturday, the ever-diligent Julia was on stage performing new songs by Russian singers or songs written by her oldest sister, Galina.
Soon thereafter, she became the lead singer in the locally-famous military band called Moryachka. Still sharpening her mixing skills, she began using Paul White’s elegant silver Tascam to play pop songs by Sandra, Mr. President, 20 Fingers and other 90’s pop divas.The big payback: In 2000 she moved to Temruk in South Russia where she became a bona fide DJ, playing CDs and mixing on a Vestax PMC01A.
Then the big city came calling. In 2004, she eventually moved to Moscow to study film and TV Production. This is when her vocational arc as an all-round entertainment maven began to fully take flight. She became an on-air personality for Miller TV and MTV and went on to interview some of the industry’s most prolific players such as Ricardo Villalobos and Richie Hawtin.
In 2010, the petite and vivacious Russian lady with a knack for telling hypnotic stories got back to what she does best: DJing. She lent her talents to the legendary Moscow underground club Arma17 for several years. During this period Julia could also be found making impactive appearances at Movement in Detroit, Kazantip in Ukraine, WMC in Miami, ADE in Amsterdam and Sonar Off in Barcelona.
Fast forward a few years, Julia has clearly been deeply inspired by the techno artists she’s been playing with and begins to produce herself. She honed a sound which boasts distinctly resonant frequencies alongside uncommon melodies and subsequently had tracks snapped up by Visionquest, Get Physical, Highway Records, Hypertone and Superfreq.
A relocation to New York has seen Julia perform alongside the likes of Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin and Sven Vath at Output, Verboten, Space, Time Warp, Awakenings and Electric Zoo. 2016 has seen her gain the support of Pete Tong with releases coming on Cocoon and Russian vinyl only imprint Body Parts / Mind Series.
At the core of Julia’s music and live shows is an ever-present element of emotional truth and a quest to redefine her audience’s relationship with beat. Simply put, she firmly believes in churning out sexy techno grooves with dramatic expressions and select layers of sound. Not to forget the boundless charm and ambrosial melodies. That is, in a nutshell Julia Govor.