Guru Josh

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Guru Josh
Born (1964-06-09) 9 June 1964 (age 50)
Origin Jersey
Genres Acid house, house, techno
Years active 1981–present
Labels Deconstruction, Ministry of Sound,
Associated acts Seal and Adamski
Website Official Website

Paul Walden (born 6 June 1964), commonly known as Guru Josh, is a Jersey musician currently performing under his own stage name as Guru Josh. Guru Josh was an original music icon of the British post-acid house music scene in 1990, most recognised for his début single "Infinity," initially released in 1989 on Walden's record label, Infinity Records. The song was later re-released in 1990 by BMG Records, and remixed for re-release in 2008 by the German artist DJ Klaas.[1]

Early life[edit]

Walden is the son of a Jersey dentist, Harold Walden.[2] After studying dentistry in 1981, he began his career as an entertainer and keyboard player at the Sands nightclub in Jersey, performing under the name of Syndrone and Animal and his Crazy Organs.[3] Soon after, he joined forces with the likes of Seal and Adamski.

"Infinity"[edit]

In 1989, Guru Josh released "Infinity," also known as "Infinity (1990's... Time for the Guru)," from his debut album "Infinity". The song achieved widespread success in Europe, especially in Germany, the UK, Portugal and Austria. The song was later re-mixed and re-released on multiple occasions (the most popular remix by Klaas), still receiving particular success in 2011.[4]

Other work[edit]

Guru Josh released several other singles in 1990 including "Freaky Dreamer," "Holographic Dreams," and "Whose Law (Is It Anyway?)," which reached #26 and #12 in the United Kingdom and Germany, respectively.[5] "Hallelujah" was released in 1991. Shortly after this, Guru Josh diversified into also doing multimedia production creating the Dance in Cyberspace series of music videos under the name of Dr. Devious and also VR, in collaboration with Darrel Jameson, Guy Labbé, Dave 'Flipping Mental' Evans, Marcus Pennell and others.[citation needed]

Guru Josh has been performing worldwide since 1989 at venues including Manumission, Es Paradis, Eden, Guaraná, and Atlántico. His music has also been featured on many of the leading music compilations released between 1990 and the present day.[5]

In 2010 he released as Guru Josh a new single entitled 'Frozen Teardrops' featuring a new female vocalist by the name of "Lauren Hall", despite strong showings in digital download sales the single failed to find a place in the charts.

During March 2011 he has released another track called "Love of Life" which went on sale at the end of March 2011, this time dropping the trademark saxophone sounds for a more modern and punchy house style he has found remixers such as Sgt Slick from Australia, Digital Freq from Mexico and The Fusion & DJ Dima June from Russia all willing to put their stamp onto his song. Currently four versions have been released:- The Sgt Slick version being a club orientated version, Digital freq having offered an Electro House version and The Fusion & DJ Dima June having offered a softer more melodic tune and finally the radio edit which is loosely based on Digital Freq's base loops but with a much stronger reworking of the melody and chorus.[citation needed]

2012 saw the release of a remake of the 1989 original of Infinity called 'Infinity 2012' by Guru Josh, with the main remix done by DJ Antoine and the remake signed with Big City Beats.[6] This single was then used by Langnese for a large marketing campaign promoting a new product launch during summer 2012 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland [7]

On top of continued success in his music career, Guru Josh has also recently created 3D glass art under the name of "Louie Fabrix", sold in small exhibitions in New York, Madrid, Paris and Berlin, receiving critical acclaim and huge appreciation from his fanbase.[8]

Guru Josh Project[edit]

In 2007, Guru Josh Project was formed by Darren Bailie and signed by Big City Beats. The group consisted of Paul Walden, Anders Nyman, and Darren Bailie. In 2008, "Infinity" was re-released as "Infinity 2008", which was remixed by the German DJ Klaas. It experienced widespread success, peaking at No. 1 on the Belgian, Dutch and French and Danish singles charts, the Czech airplay chart and the Eurochart Hot 100.[4]

Towards the end of 2008 / beginning of 2009 the members of The Guru Josh Project disbanded to pursue other individual interests.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart performance
UK
[9]
GER
[10]
AUT
[11]
SUI
[12]
FRA
[13]
NED
[14]
SWE
[15]
ITA
[16]
FIN
[17]
NOR
[18]
ICE
[19]
1989 Infinity (1990s...Time for the Guru) 5 2 5 4 3 5
1990 Whose Law (Is It Anyway?) 26 12 18 14 30
2008 Infinity 2008 (as Guru Josh Project) 3 4 3 2 1 1 8 20 6 3 1
2009 Crying In The Rain (as Guru Josh Project)
2009 Eternity (as Guru Josh) 24
2010 Frozen Teardrops (as Guru Josh)
2011 Love of Life (as Guru Josh)
2012 Infinity 2012 (as Guru Josh) 14 10 16
"—" denotes a single that did not chart

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