Joe Gauthreaux is a fixture in DJ booths across gay Atlanta, working crowds into a frenzy at Heretic, Jungle and Joining Hearts. On Saturday, he returns to deliver big beats to the even bigger Peach Party.
Ask nicely and he might even give you a taste of his latest work, “Bye Felicia,” which dropped on Tuesday (listen below). We've been big fans of Gauthreaux for years, and checked in with him ahead of his gig at Jungle about returning to Atlanta, how he works a crowd and his latest projects.
Looking forward to returning to Atlanta? What's it like to come back?
Of course! Atlanta is always like a second home to me because I know so many people there. From the young kids that I see all the time to the faces that maybe only come out when I come to town because their lives have taken them in another direction, it's nice to see all the years of playing in one place come together on the dance floor.
It was just in February when the boys at Heretic got to enjoy your work in the DJ booth. How will this gig at Peach Party be different?
Well, I'd like to think that every time I come to Atlanta it's different because I am definitely one of those DJs who is constantly evolving my sound and trying to make things interesting. But on a simpler level, it'll be different because this time I'm at Jungle! It's my first time spinning there in a few years so I'm excited.
You spin at big outdoor events like Joining Hearts and indoor spaces, too. How do you approach a space like Jungle?
Honestly, I love big rooms the best. It's where I can truly be myself musically and the crowd really gets what I'm doing. I think it's going to be an amazing night.
What inspires you inside the DJ booth?
The crowd always inspires me. If they're into it, then I am as well.
What is your favorite song, or artist, to play at the moment?
Honestly it's my own tracks that I'm having the most fun playing right now because of how hard I've worked on them and seeing the crowd reactions to my own music recently has been amazing. I have a new single out called “Bye Felicia” and the response has been overwhelming. I'm so happy about it. And I've been playing a bunch of other new songs in my sets that I've written and produced.
After Atlanta, what's next for you?
Right now besides all of my summer gigs, I'm fully focused on my new record label, Prop D Recordings, and putting out my own tracks. I've been making my own music, besides remixes for other artist's projects, for almost two years now and I'm finally ready to let the world hear what I've been working on.
Any closing thoughts?
Just that I can't wait to come back to Atlanta and have some fun!