From writing songs like journal entries in his college dorm room in Chicago, to performing at Electric Forest and opening for acts like HAIM, Lotus, and Robert Delong in his hometown of Pittsburgh, electronic artist Emerson Jay (real name: Jared Gulden) has been making waves for a while now. And he shows no signs of stopping. Recalling artists such as Kevin Garrett and Glassio, Emerson Jay’s carefully-crafted sound balances catchy synth-pop sensibilities with engrossing sonic layers, creative twists (both melodically and instrumentally), smart lyrics, and mesmerizing, imaginative beats. The results? Shimmering, cohesive tunes that pull you along for the ride. And no matter where it is you end up going, you’ll be glad you went.
The live act, led by Gulden as the songwriter, synth player, and vocalist, also consists of Pat Donovan on drums, Brandon Bates on guitar, and Dan Evans on bass. Their track “Move” has racked up over 220k plays (and counting) on Spotify, and their latest EP, LOUIE, garnered widespread praise from local media and public radio stations. Other notable performances include opening for RAC, The Knocks, Goldroom, Rubblebucket, and PVRIS, as well as a gig at both Mamby on the Beach and North Coast festivals. They’re currently working on a full-length album, and on bringing their own brand of dreamy, thoughtful electronic bliss to as many people as possible.