A renowned DJ and Head of Marketing and Partnerships for music festivals Outlook and Dimensions, Andy Lemay is regarded as one of the steadfast DJ’s keeping underground electronic music alive.
“I feel that breaking new talent, as well as respecting the originators and those who have been dedicated to the craft for many years, is a responsibility of ours,” he says. “And it is a core value of mine.”
The Dimensions Festival is held annually in the ruins of the Croatian Fort, Punta Christo, and gives a platform for DJ’s who otherwise wouldn’t get wide recognition.
“At Dimensions, they don’t book the major stars,” he says. “The team books the artists they feel should be heard and get more recognition.”
A lot has changed since he started DJ’ing, and while he appreciates the way new technology can make performing easier and connect artists, he still feels nostalgia for the early days of turntable technique.
He won’t take sides in the ongoing debate of old vs new when it comes to DJ’ing, but he does feel the need to respect where the art form came from and why vinyl should still be a part of any DJ’s collection.
“When you see a DJ show up with a large vinyl collection it shows passion and dedication,” he says. “It costs a lot of money to build a vinyl collection and it’s no easy task lugging that baggage through airports.”
He also welcomes the advancements in technology that give DJ’s less equipment to carry around and thousands of songs on laptops to choose from.
“With the internet, you have both good and bad,” he says. “On the one hand, it’s easier to rip off other artists but the ability to find new artists and share music is so wide open it makes for a really exciting time.”
In addition to helping DJ’s be found, he also finds social platforms and sites like SoundCloud great for connecting what used to be a very insular community.
“Before, underground electronic music was maybe centered around local scenes,” he says. “Now, you can find like-minded people all over the world and connect this eco-system of people who share the same passion for music. It’s really fun to break out of a closed scene and discover what DJ’s are creating in South Africa, Finland, Mexico, Columbia, everywhere really. You can find incredible DJ’s in the most unlikely of places.”
Andy Lemay wears the Timex Standard. With its careful attention to detail, the Timex Standard is designed with versatility in mind and the collection brings together classic elements with modern materials and easily interchangeable straps.