TOTD // 24/05 // Ejeca

Published: May 24, 2017, words by Hannah Edwards

Ejeca, aka Garry McCartney, is the third instalment in this week’s AVA Festival takeover. AVA is an Audio-Visual Arts Festival and conference in Belfast that celebrates, amplifies and develops the strong current of Irish and international electronic music and digital visual arts.

In 2017, AVA has expanded into a two-day event, showcasing 90 artists across three stages at T13 Belfast. The festival is happening 2nd-3rd June, and features a heavy selection of techno and house artists. Ejeca will play on the Saturday line-up alongside Marcel Dettman, Bicep, Midland and Denis Sulta. This will be a welcome return home for Ejeca, who grew up in Belfast and was influenced by the thriving music scene in the city. This led to him producing and releasing music as a teenager, including working with fellow Northern Irish duo Bicep.

Ejeca’s collaborations with Bicep, released on AUS, were some of his earliest tracks; as well as his limited edition, vinyl-only Tusk Wax Five EP released in 2011. His big break finally came late 2012, when two of his tracks were named “Essential Tune of the Week” on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show. Now firmly established as a purveyor of high-quality house music, Ejeca has successfully established his own label Exploris, with eight releases in 2015 showcasing exciting new underground music as well as his own work.

In recent years, he has also released on BPitch Control, Poker Flat and Last Night On Earth, with the tracks varying from melodic to driving techno. Ejeca had a busy year in 2016, maintaining a worldwide DJ tour schedule, record label and planning for an album and live tour. Those plans came to fruition, as Ejeca has a new EP coming out in June. Watch this space…

Listen to his four festival favourites below, ahead of his hometown performance.

via youtube

Cobblestone Jazz

India In Me

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I remember Carl Craig started his set with this around 10 years ago at my first proper festival, it was about 3pm so quite a hard time to play but perfect for a hazy afternoon in the summer.”
via youtube

Johannes Heil

B2

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I can’t wait to play this when the sun dies down and the punters are up for something a bit tougher. It perfectly balances melody and groove for me and would destroy a big tent.”
via youtube

Mall Grab

Pool Party Music

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This track really caught my ear this year, it’s like trippy house. Old school but manipulated. Can really seeing it going off with 2 litres of scrumpy in a field.”
via youtube

Trance Wax

Trance 2

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I really enjoy playing breakbeat tracks during sets, usually half way through. Moving away from a 4×4 kick drum for a few tracks and then back in can really lift a crowd later on after a 3-day bender.”

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