Local 913, Episode 60: Emerson Jay
Coming from a musical family, Jared Gulden left his home in Dormont to study audio engineering in Chicago:
“I started really doing heavy rock and roll. Then I went to school in Chicago and there was a big electronic music scene there. A lot of my friends were starting to produce stuff in their bedrooms. I was curious and gave it a shot. Now it’s sort of morphed into this electronic music with a full band rather than just one producer.”
The full band he’s referring to is Emerson Jay, the group he formed after he came back from college. The lineup features Gulden, Brendan Bates, Dan Evans and Pat Donovan:
“It’s kind of a solo project. I write and record all the music myself. Then I’ll bring it to the guys when we get together in practice. We’ll put our own twist on it for the live performance.”
Of his stage name, Emerson Jay, Gulden says it came from two different sources:
“Well, it was originally just a name that I made my Soundcloud. I kinda got the name from my favorite writer, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Then, my friends call me Jay, short for Jared. I just combined the two.”
For more on Emerson Jay, go to emersonjay.com.