Nightlife

Guy Gerber — The Good Guy

Guy Gerber has always favored the road less traveled. The Israeli born DJ thrives on confounding expectations. What other underground DJ could collaborate with one of hip-hops biggest moguls, Puff Daddy, or start a left-field night at one of Ibiza’s most commercial clubs, Pacha? What other producer blends the worlds of melancholy and euphoria so effortlessly? All these contradictions define Gerber’s compelling duality!

At the age of 15, he was a member of the Israeli Under-16 national football team. But music eventually changed his life. Before he was fiddling with drum machines and synths, Gerber was all about groups like Joy Division or My Bloody Valentine. These influences still echo clearly in his music today, whether it be his hypnotizing live performances or contemplative, moody productions. Over the course of four albums, Gerber has shown himself to be a singular artist, signing his debut album “Late Bloomers” in 2007, on Sven Vath’s Cocoon label.

As a performer, Guy Gerber is consistently rated one of the best touring acts in dance music, earning a top 10 live performer nod three years in a row for Resident Advisor. When DJing he’s known for extended sets, epitomized by a 12-hour performance at Burning Man in 2014. His sets are never forgettable, and he has an unerring ability to disrupt expectations, whether it be con- founding Ibiza VIPs with his 2013 “Wisdom of the Glove” residency at Pacha – which even caught the New York Times’ attention – or 12 months later going in a totally new direction with his clandestine free Ibiza beach party, Rumors. Even at more traditional club residencies like those he holds at Marquee, Sound, and Story, Gerber acts as the subversion, transforming the normative experience into something alive with mysticism and mystique.

Although Gerber has been scattering his performances all across the globe, his vi- sion of the perfect musical event remains the same, “The night has a very particular flow… it has to start very deep, very spir- itual, and it slowly builds up, never too fast. It’s a very natural-feeling party. The tracks played must have some substance, not too loopy, and have some kind of mu- sical vibe in them.”

After an unforgettable set at Da Maria last year, the maestro is back in Bali for an ex- citing open air performance with his new Rumour beach party concept at Ulu Cliff- house in April. Grab your board shorts or bikini and come dancing ‘till you drop!

Bali Pocket Magazine