Gareth Emery, also known as GTR, Cupa, Digital Blues, Rue de Gar, and Runaway, is an English DJ and producer with an open-minded and fuss-free approach to spinning and producing several styles of electronic dance music, including tech-house and progressive trance.
Known overground since 2002, when his remix of the Shrink
's "Nervous Breakdown" was aired on BBC Radio 1, he made more of a name for himself later in the year with his own "Mistral," released on his and Alexis Hooper's Five AM
label under the name GTR. The Five AM Sessions (2005) was the first of his several commercial mix albums. Five AM
shut down around 2008, after which Emery established his Garuda
label. The label's first CD release was Emery's double-disc mix The Sound of Garuda, which appeared in late 2009. Emery released his debut production album, Northern Lights, in 2010, followed by the remix collection Northern Lights (Re-Lit) in 2011. In 2013, Emery urged his fans to stop voting for him in DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 poll (which he had consistently charted in since 2006) because of the enormous marketing budget involved; instead, he donated his budget to charity. His second album, Drive, appeared in 2014, with an expanded reissue containing a disc of remixes arriving a year later. Third full-length 100 Reasons to Live was released in 2016. In 2014, Emery became the host of a weekly online radio show, Electric for Life. Emery went on to release two albums of material from the show, Electric for Life 2015 and Electric for Life 2016. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi