Since its launch in winter 2004, San Franciscoâ€™s Guesthouse Music has established itself as one of the premiere underground house labels in the world. Featuring a talent roster of more than 100 artists, the labelâ€”helmed producer/DJ Mes (aka Jason Sutton)â€”has gone on to drop 70 vinyl and digital releases by artists from 20 countries. Defined by a catalogue of beats that bump, thump and pump, Guesthouse continues blending old and new school sounds to deliver diggable tunes to the dance floor and beyond.
Guesthouse was born in a time of underground transition. As the first wave of new school house was redefining the rules established in the â€™80s and â€™90s, Mesâ€”the labelâ€™s A&Râ€”sought to embrace both schools of sound. Merging the two flavors resulted in an eclectic mix of old and new beats that proved groovy, jazzy and always bass-heavy. Today Guesthouse is best known for featuring chunky, well-produced tracks are equally fresh and funky.
That fresh vibe has carried over into the labelâ€™s talent roster, which has showcased both acclaimed and little known artists. One of its most touted successes includes the breakout release Gramophonedzieâ€™s â€œWhy Donâ€™t You,â€ a cross-genre cut that was licensed by Capitol Records but has sold more than 15,000 to date. Gramophonedzie joins the ranks of other established roster likes including DJ Sneak , Chris Simmonds, JT Donaldson, 1200 Warriors, Cosy Creatures, DeMarkus Lewis and The Sound Republic, the former house duo that is also a Guesthouse original.
As the landscape of house continues to evolve, Guesthouse will move with it, staying true to vinyl and digital releases while dropping its signature, well produced party rocking music. The labelâ€™s consistent schedule of releases has proved that Mes and his lengthening talent roster are here for the long haul.
â€œWeâ€™re constantly dropping something new,â€ Mes says. â€œYou never know what surprise is around the corner.â€