When I first met local DJ/producer Galtier, he immediately struck me as one of those people that was gonna go places no matter what it was he decided to do. With a lust and enthusiasm towards life like no other man I’ve met, Galtier has been prominently producing quality electronic sounds for a solid few years now, all the while studying and regularly deejaying at some of the finest clubs in Melbourne and Geelong. Now with his years of study behind him and the release of a new EP imminent, Galtier sets a slowly building amen break that will drop his music on the world like a ton of bricks.
It seems pretty safe to say that the number of DJs in the world has grown wildly in the past five years; it’s just a damn popular thing to be doing, and I guess girls must really dig it or something. But what’s to say that all these guys are doing the same thing? Doesn’t it get boring? Galtier aims to challenge that.
“There are a lot of DJs around that are just deejaying and that’s cool, but I would always encourage someone to do what I’ve been trying to do and create something of their own and develop their own style. I like to be able to push myself to creating something that I think is new and exciting.
“I started deejaying about seven years ago, and now with producing I’m able to build a set based around a style, sound and music that I’ve created on my own. It’s great to be able to release EPs and share what you’re creating with the world.”
Like Kel Knight is a purveyor of fine meats, Galtier is a purveyor and collector of fine tunes. You only have to make a slight mention of vinyl or sludge/stoner metal (two of his favourite things) to begin an in-depth and invigorating conversation that could last hours. Galtier explained his love for vinyl collecting and his widely varying taste in music.
“…Man, I love vinyl. Records just have such a feeling of quality to them and there’s no compression like in mp3 files; it’s just a fuller sound. The thing about deejaying vinyl is that it’s actually pretty difficult. Once you get the hang of mixing vinyl you really feel like you’ve accomplished something worthwhile. I don’t just collect electronic music on vinyl either. I love searching for doom/stoner/sludge metal records. That music is just so awesome; I don’t really understand why I like so much. It’s just so deep and progressive and builds and bubbles. I’ve got a cassette of Sleep’s Dopesmoker that I keep in my car and it’s pretty much the best thing ever.
“My new EP is coming out on cassette and I think that’s so cool. Apothecary Compositions are putting it out, and I’m super psyched.”
I can’t really begin to explain the enthusiasm and stoke that was coming through the phone during this interview; it’s not often these days you come across someone with such an open-minded and excited outlook on music and the world. Galtier’s new EP, Mainten, is something you should definitely dig out that old tape player for. With a release date yet to be decided, suspense builds…
Written by Xavier Fennell