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Born and raised in the small town of Grand Forks, British Columbia—some 6 hours outside Vancouver—Jayda Guy grew up surrounded by an abundance of nature amongst the mountains, forests, rivers and lakes. It was this that sparked an early interest in biology and the natural world, something which continues to this day and is inextricably intertwined with the other pillar in her life, music. Beginning with lessons in piano and violin from the age of 5, Jayda’s tastes began to form around the impressive collection of records her dad—an avid collector—had built up of Soul, R&B, Funk and Blues. From her mum came a love of Jazz, from her sister an important appreciation for Disco, and from her brother, who was working in the Canadian music industry at the time, CD promo’s through the post that exposed her to artists such as D’Angelo and TLC.

Pursuing an education in Biology—which has seen her studying Sea Turtles in Maui and “playing fetch” with baby Porpoise in a Vancouver aquarium —kept her largely cut-off from the communities and scenes where she could explore her musical tastes further. “I grew up in a really small town, my biology work always had me moving around a lot and working in pretty isolated places musically and culturally” explains Jayda. This began to change following a brief stint in LA—where she was introduced to electronic music for the first time via Mathieu Schreyer’s show on KCRW—and relocating to Vancouver full time in 2013 to begin her masters in Resource and Environmental Management specializing in environmental toxicology. This move, and the timing, would prove a catalyst to Jayda’s journey as a producer and DJ, as it was here that she discovered Vancouver’s newly flourishing electronic music scene. Dubbed the ‘Canadian Riviera’, it was home for the kind of happy, hazy, melodic electronica encapsulated by DIY labels like Mood Hut and 1080p. It was there that she made lifelong connections with artists like DJ Fett Burger (Sex Tags Mania), Laura Sparrow (aka LNS), and LayLay, all of whom she would go on to collaborate with in some form. “This was the first time that I had a group of people who were into the same shit that I was into” she recalls, "we could all hang and share music and ideas and thoughts and facts. I’d never really had that, so this was a really big deal for me.”

In 2016 Jayda’s first solo release, “Jaydaisms”, arrived on Freakout Cult, the label she created and ran alongside Fett Burger until 2018. This would be a home for much of her subsequent output, alongside releases on 1080p and Swedish label Geography Records, including 2018’s standout ‘Diva Bitch’ single, featuring long-time vocal collaborator and childhood friend Alexa Dash. 2018’s ‘Sacred Spaces’ would mark the inaugural release on JMG recordings, a new label established by Jayda as a platform to release her own material and collaborations, as well as music from artists that inspire her.

Her debut album “Significant Changes”—released on Ninja Tune in 2019—was met with incredible praise from the likes of The Guardian, Mixmag—who made Jayda their ‘cover star’, Pitchfork, Dazed, Resident Advisor, Crack, NME and many more. Created as it was while she was undertaking her masters, the record contained many overt references— from the track titles to the field recordings—to her work studying the environment. On ‘Missy Knows What’s Up’, she samples the voice of Misty MacDuffee, a biologist with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, talking about a landmark Canadian court case for the protection of the whales, in which environmental groups successfully sued the government for their lack of action. It was an important moment to Jayda as it ultimately led to the funding of Jayda’s own research and degree. She also draws on her experiences as a DJ, channeling her frustrations through tongue in cheek track titles like ‘No Parking on the DF’ (Dance Floor), Jayda admonishing the listener for spending too much time on the dancefloor checking their phone. Elsewhere on the album ‘Renewal (Hyla Mix)’ is Jayda’s “ode to R&B”, and the anthemic ‘Leave Room 2 Breath’ features the vocals of life-long friend and frequent collaborator Alexa Dash.

She followed up the release with a month-long residency at London’s Phonox, the launch of both her science-based interview series ‘JMG Talks’ and new club night ‘JMG Sessions’, and a BBC Essential Mix packed with soul, classic disco and house, before taking up her year-long stint on BBC R1’s Residency show. She also toured relentlessly throughout 2019, taking in shows across 12 countries including performances at Primavera Sound, Kala and Lente Kabinet (Dekmantel's sister event), Glastonbury, Nuits Sonores and Dimensions festivals.

Returning with her first new material since “Significant Changes”, Jayda is set to release her new EP “Both Of US / Are You Down” on July 3rd 2020. As before, Jayda distils her interests and surroundings into the music once more. The resulting EP is a dichotomy of old and new, equal parts nostalgia and of breaking new ground. Both tracks were born out of a meeting with Fred again..—the BRIT Award-winning and Ivor Novello nominated artist who recently collaborated with Headie One, Jamie xx, fka Twigs and Sampha on the ‘GANG’ mixtape. The two quickly struck up a friendship and agreed to get into the studio together.

Following her contribution to the Club Quarantäne livestream series, Jayda announced her own ‘Virtual Get Downs’ tour, supporting the venues in which she would have otherwise been playing in Glasgow, Tokyo and San Francisco. She had also been scheduled to appear at this year’s Coachella.

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