Pokerflat, Bass Culture, DeepenSound / Vancouver Canada
“A full pelt wavering between tribal moments,& more modest slabs of Detroit-inspired soul. The crowd respond at every turn.” – Steve McLay, DJ MAG
Always sitting slightly off-centre, Jay Tripwire is an artist that walks the line as industry staple and ever changing innovator, releasing one standout release after another. His signature fusion of deep Detroit textures and intricate rhythms has led a career spanning two decades, with over 200 vinyl releases, 2 commercial mixed cd compilations, and four full length albums. He remains one of the most prolific artists around, with an average of 15 releases per year. He is always in demand as a remixer, averaging 10-15 remixes per year. In 2010 Jay was honoured by being named by Future Music alongside Frankie Knuckles, Larry Heard, Charles Webster, Atjazz, and Tom Middleton as being one of the most influentual Innovators in house music for “The thoughtful minimal stylings of Jay Tripwire.”
In 2010 Steve Bug asked Jay to mix a compilation for his respected label Pokerflat – ‘Shaping Elements Vol.8’. Which features a blend of deep house ranging from Detroit inspired textures to modern European house and tech house fusions, blurring genrefication. This follows releases on Poker Flat under his 8Channels name – a project that melds basic channel,cosmic soundscapes and dubbed chords into a new hybrid of techno, deep house and dub. The moniker also appears on other highly regarded labels such as Ransom Note, Conya, NRK, Cinematic and Hallucination. In 2011 and 2012 Jay released 30+ tracks and over 20 remixes, with his 1st Ep on D’julz Bass Culture label, and ep on Viva a remix on Hypercolour and countless more.
Recently Jay was asked to appear on John Digweed’s “Transitions” radio show for a second time, the first was in 2003 and then again in 2012. Whilst the term ‘legendary’ is often bandied about with little thought, in Jay’s case we could say just that – his personal arsenal of re-edits and comfort in arranging extended DJ sets lasting eight hours or more certainly demonstrates a talent that deviates from standard fare.
Jay has made appearances in over 200 cities worldwide, and some of his most memorable gigs have been in his 11 years of appearances at Fabric London- a venue that has changed his approach to Djing, and production sound. Mr. Tripwire is a man who stayed put, while all of his his fellow Canadians packed up and moved to Berlin, Jay stayed in Vancouver and continues to play at numerous parties and clubs, with his cultlike following in tow to whichever party they can hear their hometown hero at. As a music programmer Jay has organized and brought talent to Vancouver, many of which for their first time to the city, not only in exposing people to music tthrough his Dj sets, but also exposing people to new artists and DJs.
Jay’s work has been featured on numerous compilations, notably from Cocoon, Fabric, Renaissance, Journeys by DJ, Ultra & Bedrock, and is supported by a diverse spectrum of dance culture from house luminaries such as, Doc Martin and Kerri Chandler to techno legends Steve Bug, Laurent Garnier, Anja Schneider, Marc Romboy and the world renowned John Digweed.
With anticipated releases and remixes imminent, the Tripwire production wheel is still very much in motion, and on its way to a club near you.
“Jay Tripwire is ahead of everyone else.” – MUZIK
“Delivers on the Promise…” – International DJ
“A fantastic standout.” – VICE
“Really deep and funky” – Ministry
“Plenty of twisted pyrotechnics” – XLR8R
“With Jay Tripwire on the mix, expect something a bit special.” – M8
“Jay Tripwire’s productions are a DJ’s dream packed with the finest tools from the trade.” – URB
‘When it comes to tech-house, Jay Tripwire is pretty much unbeatable right now.” – MUZIK
“Responsible for some of the most exciting underground house music to come out of North America in recent years.” – DJ Magazine