Firebird Gareth Emery heads to Kuala Lumpur!

Most DJ/producers don’t make their way into the DJ Mag Top 100 before the age of 30. Nor do they  shun major label attention or have the guts to call out the scene that they belong to when it’s failing to deliver the good. Unlike most DJs, Gareth Emery, with his vigorous blend of trance, house, electro and techno, was a prodigious talent in his child. The English DJ/producer thought himself to play the piano at the age of 4 and continued his invaluable classical education until he began playing guitar in an indie band at the age of 15.

Photo via Gareth Emery on Facebook
Photo via Gareth Emery on Facebook

His background in classical and indie music gave him essential experience and understanding of music and songwriting as well as ways to convey emotion through his sounds. His baptism of fire came on a chance trip to Ibiza in 1998, which was followed by three years of learning the ropes of electronic music making.


At the age of 22, Emery created a track on a laptop while on a holiday in France. The track was the instant classic Mistral; a glorious debut which soon had unsuspecting pundits and clubbers alike eating out of his hands. From here onwards, Emery’s rise in career was impressively and deservedly rapid.

“I guess it’s just good, melodic dance music,” he says of his musical style. “One of the most positive things about the scene over the past few years has been the gradual breaking down of genre barriers and the cross-pollination of sounds. I just look for records that I enjoy musically and also work well in a club. The genre is unimportant”.

Photo via Gareth Emery on Facebook
Photo via Gareth Emery on Facebook

While he’s spent record-breaking stints at the top of Beatport’s Trance sales chart, and while trance will always be a part of what he does, he won’t let the sound ultimately define him. “I’ve realised that my strength is in music and melodies that touch people. I’m a music guy. It just happens to be that the music I make is electronic. That realisation has allowed me a lot more creative freedom, then when I felt I had to write music for a certain ‘scene’”. Down the line that allowed me to be more innovative and varied with my DJ sets.”

Consistently voted inside the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll, Emery peaked at number #7 with his growing Garuda party selling out Manchester’s legendary Sankeys four times in a row and spawning a critically acclaimed compilation, “The Sound Of Garuda”. Building a musical brand around his name in record shops, download stores, radio and clubland has given him an all-encompassing reputation in dance music which is rivalled by few.

Emery’s 2012 was off to a huge start with his latest single “Concrete Angel” premiering on Judge Jules’ Radio 1 show, and its video added to the prestigious MTV Dance playlist as well as racking up 1 million YouTube plays in its first 3 weeks online. Throughout his career, he has been chosen for Las Vegas’ Marquee, played at Ultra Music Festival and taken Garuda to Space Miami.

Intensively, clocking up air miles, Emery is massively in demand across the globe. Taking note of that, Zouk Club KL will be playing host to Gareth Emery when he makes his way to Kuala Lumpur this November. Event details are as follows:

Date: November 29th (Saturday)


Time: 10pm (Doors open)

Admission – Ticket Entry (inclusive of 1 drink): RM55 (before 11pm) / RM70 (after 11pm)

Bottle Entry: RM450 / 4 pax (all night)

For reservations, please call 03-2171 1997 (12pm – 6pm) or 0163323191 (after 6pm) or email [email protected]

*Applicable to 21 years old and above

For more information, visit Zouk Club KL’s website or Facebook page.

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