The Sound Of Garuda: 2009 - 2015mixalbum, July 6th 2015
The name Garuda was decided upon in summer 2008 after a long, lazy, beer-drenched afternoon at the Sunset Strip in Ibiza, Spain. Years later and I'm sat writing these words, still at the Sunset Strip, but this time a different one, 6000 miles away in Los Angeles, California.
A lot has changed since we released our first track from a tiny two person office in a Manchester warehouse, but one thing that has defiantly remained the same is the Garuda ethos: to release the best melodic electronic dance music that the world has to offer.
I could talk about the 90 singles we've released, from our first release Exposure/Metropolis, to our most recent, Huracan, or I could talk about the incredible feeling of playing Garuda tracks at some of the world's finest clubs and biggest festivals. I could also talk about my two artist albums, Northern Lights and Drive, the three Sound Of Garuda compilations we've delivered, the insanely busy events we threw in Manchester at the legendary Sankeys nightclub, or the stars who have started their careers at the label, two of which join me in mixing this retrospective - names like Christina Novelli, Ben Gold, Luke Bond, Craig Connelly and more.
But I don't feel the need to look back, because if you're reading this, you were likely there with me at the time. These aren't just my memories; they're yours too.
So instead, I'm just going to say thank you for your incredible support over the years, and promise to keep finding that music that makes the Garuda sound so special. Wherever I am on the world, and whatever is happening in my life, Garuda is never far from my mind, and I can't wait to see what the next six years brings us.