Since the young age of 18, Justin Jay has had his sights on producing. Fast forward four years and he now has releases with Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Dirtybird, and Pets Recordings and a degree from USC. After the release of his highly successful underground remix of Alison Wonderland’s “Take It to Reality” just weeks ago, the LA-based producer is back with the biggest announcement of his career to date. His newest project, Justin Jay & Friends, enters the world with his latest release, “Karma” featuring vocalist Josh Taylor and guitarist Benny Bridges. The track melds underground house with rock components and tribal sounds. Opening with Josh’s smooth vocals and a simple bongo progression, the track unfolds into a mysterious piece of stylistic grooves. This track opens the doors to a new genre-bending initiative at which Justin Jay & Friends is at the forefront.

In celebration of the release, Justin Jay gives us more insight into this exciting news, “Two sensitive music kids join a frat together… During my first year of college, I became friends with Josh. As a singer/songwriter, he was drawing influence from John Mayer and Jack Johnson, while I was hooked on Dirtybird and going to illegal house/techno warehouse parties. We grew a mutual respect for each other’s interests, but never even considered making music together. Back in January, with one semester before graduation, we decided to jam together, as a somewhat sarcastic joke. I’d never felt so uncomfortable making music in my life and Josh felt the same. I never had to think about lyrics, verses and choruses, while josh had never sang on top of minor chord changes and dirty bass lines. It’s really scary being pushed to do something different musically, but because I had my friends pushing and helping me, I’ve never had so much fun making music before.”

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