Joey Youngman adopted the name Wolfgang Gartner in late 2007 to mark a move away from the deep house productions with which he had previously been associated. Under his new guise, he began producing electro/tech house, and within a year had gained three top 10 singles on Beatport and an "essential new tune of the week" on Pete Tong's BBC Radio 1 show. Now three years into his new career, Gartner has become something of a Beatport phenomenon with eight number one tracks on the influential site, including their best-selling track of 2009, causing his remix talents to be called upon by USA mainstream superstars including Black Eyed Peas, Timbaland and Britney Spears.
Gartner's meteoric rise is in no small part due to the recent explosion of popularity for dance music in the States.
"This was the year dance music blew up in the USA, bigger than ever before," says Wolfgang of his home-grown scene. "There was festival after festival, all drawing huge crowds and the kids were young and excited about the music. Being an American this is such an exciting time, to feel that excitement again and play these amazing shows in my home country after it had been slow for so many years."
Currently based in Austin, Texas, the future looks bright for Gartner who is currently finishing work on his debut album. "In early 2011 the album will be released," he says, "and there will be a ridiculous amount of touring, domestic and international, like I've never done before."