A Tribute To Friendship With Vocals By Inaya Day
Joe Gauthreaux’s “You Are My Family”, featuring effusive vocals by the incomparable diva of dance, Inaya Day, celebrates the bond of friendship. “When you’re gay, your friends are your family,” says Gauthreaux. “That’s the true message of the song, that no matter what, we will be there for each other.” The music video, presented by Scruff, is available on Youtube now.
Gauthraux threw out all of his conventional ways of producing dance music on “You Are My Family”. “I wanted this song to make a difference in people’s lives beyond the nightclub,” he explains. “I didn’t want to sacrifice the emotional element for the sake of making it a dance record. I can always make a club mix later.”
It is a dance record, for sure, but “You Are My Family” also has elements of pop, EDM, and gospel house. “It’s a song I’m extremely proud of because it keeps changing as you go along and it has a really good payoff in the end with the gospel breakdown.”
Joe Gauthreaux originally composed the song for a particular person in his life but realized while writing that the song held a bigger meaning that could impact other people and their lives.
He says he knew right away the artist he wanted to sing it. “Inaya’s was the only voice I had in my head. I had done remixes for her but we had never worked in the studio before. We had actually only met a few times before this project, but I’ve always been obsessed over the way she delivers a song. I sent Inaya a demo and she agreed to bring the track to life for me.”
“I define family as people who provide protection, unconditional love, and happiness”, says Iyana Day, a six-time Billboard chart topper whose #1 hits include “Horny”, “Keep Pushin'” and “Movin’ Up.” “I have many friends who I consider as family. For me, this song is dedicated to them.
“Joe wrote a stellar song,” she adds. “Recording the track with him in the studio was very easy. We shared a similar vision for the project.”
“You Are My Family” is the second single from Joe Gauthreaux’s music label, Prop D Recordings. The first release, “Bye Felicia”, featured vocals by Mitch Amtr@ck, an artist known for his recordings with late house music great, Peter Rauhofer. Gauthreaux says he plans to unleash a diverse range of dance music through the label: everything from vocal, tribal house, to EDM, to crazy club bangers. ”I genuinely love all kinds of dance music,” he continues. “I’m always incorporating new beats and sounds to keep the momentum up on my floor. I’m doing 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.”
Joe Gauthreaux began releasing his own remixes eight years ago, working with leading dance artists like Kristine W, Jeanie Tracy, and Tony Moran. Three years ago, he began taking on mainstream projects with pop acts NeYo, The Wanted, Melanie Amaro, and Justin Bieber, among others. He views Prop D Recordings as the next step in his evolution as a dance artist. However, he is still bringing his unique sound to parties throughout the world as a headlining DJ.
He has spun nearly every major festival event including White Party Miami, Winter Party, and NYC Pride and was named “Hottest DJ of the Year” by Out Magazine.