Justin Jay has captured the ears of music lovers by producing some of the dirtiest beats and made his way into their hearts by being one of the friendliest DJs out there. Last Saturday night, Justin Jay played to a sold-out crowd at the Roxy for his the Fantastic Voyage tour. Naming the tour after Lakeside’s track “Fantastic Voyage,” Justin’s goal was to transform the funky, friendly and groovy nature of the song into an experience his fans would never forget. In the chorus it says, “Get on up and jam y’all, Come on and ride on the funk y’all, Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage.” That’s exactly what happened Saturday night – but I’d call it a FUNKtastic Voyage. He also wanted this tour to have the same intimacy of the house parties he has been throwing in LA. Justin wanted to make sure his fans felt more than just fans, but that they were his friends.
The space inside the Roxy was small, which provided the intimate feeling that Justin Jay was trying to maintain. Ulf Blonde, the producer behind the “Blossom for Me” EP, started the night off and was followed by fellow Dirtybird, Sacha Robotti. By the time Justin Jay took the to the decks, the dance floor was packed and ready. His friends joined him on-stage, throwing white sailor hats to some of the audience members. A man dressed in a whale costume was dancing around the stage and with audience. Also, a giant Jack in the Box cardboard cutout was brought up on stage – although I couldn’t tell why. Pretty soon the stage was packed with friends and even some audience members. Everyone, either on-stage or on the dance floor, was jumping around and getting down with huge smiles on their faces.
Justin’s set had this steady funky groove, varying from house to disco and more. Tracks he played for the night included his edit of “Whoomp,” “Rain Dance,” “Hit It,” and “Karma.” Vocalist, Josh Taylor, and guitarist, Benny Bridges, joined Justin on-stage to do a live performance of “Karma.” More musicians made appearances as well, playing the saxophone, trumpet, flute, bongos, synthesizer, and drums. Each musician was spotlighted for a short time during the set. While they were all playing, the crowd fed off their energy and you could truly see and feel what Justin Jay was trying to accomplish with this tour.
The entire night had the energy of a house party crossed with a fun-filled, funky jam session with your closest friends. If you missed the show, you can listen to the Fantastic Voyage house party mix that Justin Jay released prior to the tour. It fully captures the essence of his set that night.
For more information about the Fantastic Voyage tour visit http://justinjaymusic.com/
Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage Tour Dates
FEB 10 – Miami, FL @ Holy Ship!
FEB 26 – Santa Barbara, CA @ EOS Lounge
FEB 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
MAR 3 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
MAR 4 – San Francisco, CA @ Mighty
MAR 5 – South Lake Tahoe @ The Loft Lounge
MAR 10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Oak Lounge
MAR 11 – Chicago, IL @ The MID
MAR 12 – Detroit, MI @ Populux
MAR 18 – Miami, FL @ TBD
MAR 24 – Perth, Australia @ The Conservatory
MAR 26 – Woolongong, Australia @ The Grand Hotel
MAR 26 – Sydney, Australia @ Chinese Laundry
MAR 27 – Byron Bay, Australia @ Rabbit Eats Lettuce Festival
APR 1 – Brisbane, Australia @ TB Club
APR 2 – Melbourne, Australia @ Tramp
APR 8 – Seattle, WA @ Q Nightclub
APR 9 – Denver, CO @ Vinyl
APR 16 – Dallas, TX @ It’ll Do
APR 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
APR 23 – Toronto, ON @ Hoxton
APR 28 – Austin, TX @ Kingdom
APR 29 – Albuquerque, NM @ Effex Nightclub
APR 30 – Tempe, AZ @ Shady Park