Before a recent move to Los Angeles where he has been immersed in film acting in addition to Djing, Garth spent two decades in San Francisco fanning the flames of conscious hell raising that existed there in generations past. Parties with his stamp include a coveted ten year residency at Come Unity, twenty three years with the legendary Wicked Sound System and in 2014, just celebrated ten years with Back2Back, with right hand man Jenö. His sound is a radical fusion of Acid House, Space Disco & Psyche Rock. His solo All Night Long Loft parties in San Francisco continue to inspire dancers and critics alike.
The Wicked crew reformed in 2011 for a thirteen city Twenty Years of Disco Glory Tour of the States & Japan. Garth spent seven weeks of 2010/2011 touring extensively with DJ Harvey in Australia and Japan.
Bringing UK sound system culture to San Francisco in 1991, Wicked’s lawless full moon beach parties ushered in an era of Acid House hysteria that ripped through the west coast and spread into the heartland. Wicked are credited widely with kick-starting the City’s Acid House scene in the early 90’s, cementing its reputation as the red headed step child of Disco.
Scoring a Tony Andrews designed Turbosound rig, they toured in a ’47 Greyhound bus whose previous owners were a gospel choir hitting the road to spread their own gospel across the States. Wicked was the pioneering sound system at Burning Man in 1995.
Wicked Presents brought the cream of House luminaries to San Francisco including Tony Humphries, DJ Harvey, Doc Martin, Louis Vega, Roger S, Robert Owens, DJ Pierre, K Alexi, Chez Damier, Stacey Pullen, Alton M, Agent X, Kenny Hawkes, Three, Joe Claussel & Francois K.
Garth holds court at many of the world’s best nightclubs including Eleven, Mago, Gold, Yellow, Townsend, 1015, The Roxy, Twilo, Fabric, The End, Horsemeat Disco, Sublevel, Thirtynine Hotel, Rex, Room, Lux & Zouk. He has been voted amongst America’s top DJs in Urb, XLR8R and DJ Magazines. For many years he pioneered all night Dub sets on the only renegade system permitted at Reggae on the River where Jamaican legends Mikey Dread and Junior Reid stopped by the bus to rock the mic.
The same bus provided inspiration for a record label. Since ’98 Grayhound has released 50+ singles documenting an edgier West Coast sound. Artists include Wicked (Garth, Markie, Jenö & Thomas), Rocket, Perry Farrell, ETI, DJ Harvey, The Glimmers & Ray Mang, Darryl Pandy, Michoacan, DJ Rasoul, Nectar, Stranger, Steve Kotey & EBE. Many recording artists launched their careers on the label.
His breakout anthem with E.T.I. ‘Twenty Minutes of Disco Glory’ shook things up internationally, praised by Muzik Magazine as one of the best dance singles of ’96. Since then he has produced 60 records under various pseudonyms working with Anthony Mansfield, Eric James (Rocket), Rob Doten (Crosstown Traffic) and Markie Mark or Jenö (Wicked). His remixes include Freeland, The Units, Faithless, Halo Varga, The Glimmers, Rob Rives, Dada Munchamonkey, Perry Farrell (Janes Addiction), Yabby You, Mutabaruka and Tribe Called Quest.
He has compiled and mixed albums for Om, NRK, Thrive & Grayhound, Sex + Design Magazine & Farmers Daughter Hotel. Grayhound productions have been licensed to countless DJ mix CDs and Garth’s music can be found in two films – SF rave flick ‘Groove’ and Gus Van Sant’s ‘Speedway Junky’.
Since 2007 he and collector/dealer James Glass have been waving the flag for Golden Goose re-edits, raiding their record collections & respectfully placing Disco/Rock obscurities under the knife as King & Hound.
Remaining true to the original art form, he can be found playing all-vinyl sets out in Hawaii, Japan, Fiji, Korea, Spain, England, Greece, Portugal, France, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, even Indonesia and Malaysia, turning parties out upon request.
Live Set with DJ Garth in Jakarta, Indonesia:
Live Set with DJ Garth @ Le Bain in NYC:
Interview with DJ Garth for Test Pressing: