Guru Josh

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Guru Josh
Born (1964-06-06)6 June 1964
Jersey
Origin London, England
Died 28 December 2015(2015-12-28) (aged 51)
Ibiza, Spain
Genres Acid house, house, techno
Years active 1981–2015
Labels Deconstruction, Ministry of Sound,
Associated acts Seal and Adamski

Paul Walden (6 June 1964 – 28 December 2015), commonly known as Guru Josh, was a Jersey musician, active in the British post-acid house scene, best known for his début single "Infinity", initially released in 1989 on Walden's record label, Infinity Records. The song was re-released in 1990 by BMG Records, and remixed for re-release in 2008 by the German artist DJ Klaas.[1]

Biography and career[edit]

Walden was 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. In 1988, Walden tried ecstasy for the first time at a London pub where he was playing a gig with his rock band Joshua Cries Wolf, subsequently switching from rock to house music.[3] Soon after, he joined forces with the likes of Seal and Adamski.

In 1989, Guru Josh released "Infinity," also known as "Infinity (1990's... Time for the Guru)," from his debut album Infinity. The song was originally produced for a friend of Guru Josh's who was organising a warehouse party of the same name, and gained attention when it started to be played by Haçienda DJ Mike Pickering.[3] The song achieved 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]

Guru Josh released several other singles in the 1990s including "Freaky Dreamer," "Holographic Dreams," and "Whose Law (Is It Anyway?)," which reached #26 and #12 in the UK 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]

Following the success of "Infinity", Guru Josh moved to Ibiza, concentrating on art and running a promotions company.[3]

In 2007, he was part of Guru Josh Project, 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, French and Danish singles charts, the Czech airplay chart and the Eurochart Hot 100.[4]

In 2010, he released a new single entitled "Frozen Teardrops". In March 2011, he released "Love of Life", with a more modern and punchy house style, and it has been remixed by Sgt Slick, Digital Freq, and The Fusion & DJ Dima June.[citation needed]

2012 saw the release of a remix of the 1989 original of Infinity called "Infinity 2012" by Guru Josh, with the main remix done by DJ Antoine.[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]

Guru Josh created 3D glass art under the name of "Louie Fabrix", sold in small exhibitions in New York, Madrid, Paris and Berlin.

Death[edit]

Walden died on 28 December 2015 at the age of 51.[8] His death was ruled as suicide. He was found prior to heading home to see his father by his manager.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart performance
UK
[15][9]
AUS
[10]
AUT
[11]
FIN
[16]
FRA
[17]
GER
[18][19]
IRE
[20]
ITA
[21]
NED
[22]
NOR
[23]
SWE
[24]
SWI
[14]
1989 "Infinity (1990s...Time for the Guru)" 5 4 5 2 8 3 5 4
1990 "Whose Law (Is It Anyway?)" 26 64 18 12 23 30 14
2008 "Infinity 2008" (as Guru Josh Project) 3 3 6 1 4 10 20 1 3 8 2
2009 "Let Me Know (Infinity)"
(as Copycatz pres. P.Six vs. Guru Josh Project )
71
"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) 10 14 16
"—" denotes a single that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guru Josh Project – Infinity 2008". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived 24 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b c Richards, Sam (3 September 2015). "From Voodoo Ray to Infinity and beyond – the story of the UK's biggest rave anthems". theguardian.com. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Guru Josh Project – Infinity 2008". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  5. ^ "Guru Josh Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  6. ^ Nils Binz, Rene Pfeiffer. "Infinity 2012 ist der neue Magnum-Song". Bigcitybeats.de. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  7. ^ "Magnum Infinity (offizieller Kinotrailer) mit dem Magnum-Song: Guru Josh – Infinity 2012". YouTube. 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  8. ^ Needham, Alex (29 December 2015). "Guru Josh, rave star, dies aged 51". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  9. ^ a b UK chart peaks:
  10. ^ a b
    Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  11. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Discographie Guru Josh". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  12. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Guru Josh – Infinity (album)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  13. ^ "dutchcharts.nl > Guru Josh – Infinity (album)" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  14. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Discography Guru Josh". Swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  15. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 238. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  16. ^ Steffen Hung. "Finnish charts portal". Finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  17. ^ Steffen Hung. "Les charts français". Lescharts.com. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  18. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Guru Josh (singles)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  19. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres". Musicline.de. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  20. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know (search results for Guru Josh)". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  21. ^ Steffen Hung. "Italian charts portal". Italiancharts.com. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  22. ^ Steffen Hung. "Dutch Charts". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  23. ^ Steffen Hung. "Norwegian charts portal". Norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  24. ^ Steffen Hung (2008-07-31). "Swedish Charts Portal". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 

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