Bio: Jay Haze is the name behind a number of aliases and projects – Fuckpony, Sub Version, The Architect – these are just a few of the guises he uses when fighting his ... (more)
Bio: Jay Haze is the name behind a number of aliases and projects – Fuckpony, Sub Version, The Architect – these are just a few of the guises he uses when fighting his guerrilla war against mediocrity on a daily basis. Born in Pennsylvania, Haze has been living in Berlin since the early 00s, in which time he has released on some of the hottest dance music labels of the decade: Get Physical Music, BPitch Control, Cocoon, Playhouse, Soma, and numerous others.
But of course Haze is also responsible for running several labels himself – most notably TuningSpork and Contexterrior – sometimes with an iron fist, other times with a white diamond-studded glove and a cane. But in either instance Haze is accustomed to finding dance jams that stretch the genre beyond the limits of the
beat and into the territory of lurid nightclub art. An A&R mastermind, Jay has discovered talent such as Troy Pierce, Samim Hearttthrob and Matt John.
Haze's production career began in 1999 on the house-oriented TuningSpork. In the following year he launched Futuredub as a home for downtempo electronic dub, and in 2002 he started the experimental Contexterrior. In 2003, Haze had the novel idea of founding textone.org, an online electronic music magazine and internet
label project. This enterprise yielded millions of downloads, long before any other labels considered giving away music for free, and before digital distribution was commonplace in the DJ community.
By 2004 Haze was fully situated in Berlin and shared a studio with Ricardo Villalobos, leading to their collaboration on a pair of Contexterrior 12”s, all while TuningSpork was becoming one of the major league labels. As the world looked to Berlin for some sick new grooves, Spork was there to offer them. The following year saw Haze's stock rising even more rapidly. With his first full-length album on Kitty-Yo, Love for a Strange World, it was now clear that Haze and his growing empire were here to stay.
In 2006 Haze enjoyed some crossover success with teens and parents when he released the massively
acclaimed Children of Love album as Fuckpony on Get Physical. For many fans and critics this was one of the best house records of the year, bringing some heat back into an increasingly cold German scene. Haze followed up with the massive “Switch The Lights" (accredited to Fuckaponydelic), an acid-drenched biblical
journey into sin, which was picked up by Sven Väth's label Cocoon for a major re-release.
In 2007 Haze introduced his new project Sub Version, with production contributions from Michal Ho and vocals from Paul St-Hilaire (AKA Tikiman), on the Box of Dub compilations released by London’s prestigious Soul Jazz label. A full-length followed on Jay’s own Futuredub imprint. Meanwhile, the Fuckpony momentum continued when Ellen Allien invited Haze to release the “Lady Judy” single on BPitch. The track was a tribute to both the DBX classic “Baby Judy” and Judy Griffith, promoter for Fabric London.
In 2008, the second proper Jay Haze artist album Love & Beyond showed his fragmented personalities converging, mutating, and splitting apart again. The original CD/2xLP included dancefloor productions from sci-fi techno to funky house, while the subsequent second part (given away as a free download at
jayhaze.com) proved his love for soul and R&B. The album’s third act (also free) was composed entirely of instrumentals for the free-thinking mind. Jay followed up with an EP for Loco Dice’s imprint Desolat, another single as Fuckpony, and a polarizing remix of the Amelie theme by Yann Tiersen.
For 2009, Fabric invited Jay to contribute to their long-running mix CD series with Fabric47. Jay donated the proceeds toward relief in the war-torn Congo region, and established DJs for DRC, encouraging DJs worldwide to donate half their payment from any one gig in 2009 toward the cause. This led into the release of the
second Fuckpony full-length, Let the Love Flow, again with BPitch.
Known not just as a producer, Jay has improved his DJ sensibility to an unthinkable degree, wowing crowds across the world, from Europe to South America to Asia to Australia. His tracks (and the those from others on his labels) are a constant feature in the sets of Villalobos, Ivan Smagghe, Anja Schneider, and all DJs who
know, the world over. His productions have appeared on countless compilations and mixes from the likes of Richie Hawtin, M.A.N.D.Y., and Miss Kittin. Meanwhile his empire continues to suck in new fans like a vacuum cleaner. The Jay Haze story continues with pace, but it is a timeless and simple one, the tale of a man
who makes, releases, and plays the world's most forward-leaning dance music. It's no surprise that Spielberg and Hanks want to make this into a movie! (less)