Joe Gauthreaux Launches New Dance Music Label
DJ and remixing/producer dynamo Joe Gauthreaux is adding record mogul and artist to his resume this week with the launch of his own music label, Prop D Recordings, and its first single release, "Bye Felicia." "Bye Felicia", an expression of dismissal that was first heard in the motion picture, Friday, and made popular by Nene Leakes on the Bravo TV show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, is a throwback to nineties house. The song features vocals by Mitch Amtr@ck, an artist best known for his recordings with late house music great, Peter Rauhofer. "Bye Felicia" from Prop D Recordings is available on iTunes and all major online retailers now.
"I wanted a way to cut through the red tape and avoid third parties from interfering with my creativity," explains Joe Gauthreaux on his decision to launch Prop D Recordings (the name is short for Proposition Dance). "It’s so easy to make music now, and quality music at that. Goyete created "Somebody That I Used To Know" all by himself in his basement. He inspired me to take my music into my own hands."
Joe Gauthreaux plans to unleash a diverse range of dance music through Prop D Recordings: everything from vocal, tribal house, to EDM, to crazy club bangers. "I genuinely love all kinds of dance music," he says. "I’m always incorporating new beats and sounds to keep the momentum up on my floor. I’ll do the same with the label. The worst thing a DJ or record head can do is get stuck in a certain sound for too long. Music is constantly changing and evolving. If you don’t change with it, you’ll get left behind."
He’s already proven his willingness to adjust. The label was originally scheduled to release "All This Time", a song Gauthreaux co-wrote with singer Jared Bradford, as its debut. But friends and colleagues convinced him to shelve it temporarily in favor of "Bye Felicia". "I was outvoted," Gauthreaux admits.
On the street and in the clubs, "Bye Felicia" is a term a person might call someone they don’t care enough about to call by name. Gauthreaux’s track, however, redefines the term, turning its negative connotation into a positive one. Instead of making Felicia someone no one wants around, he makes her a person being sought after. "I often try to do the opposite of what listeners are expecting," he says. "That really defines everything I do. I always want to keep people guessing."
He also strives to keep everyone having a good time. "When I go into the booth or a recording studio, I always remind myself to keep it fun. Club music should be an escape."