Goa Gil
Goa Gil
Label: Avatar Records
Genre: Electronic
Online: Artist Website


Goa Gil is to trance music what Lee Scratch Perry is to dub music. Gil moved to Goa, India in 1970 from the Haight Ashbury, where he'd been a roadie for the Sons of Champlain, one of the earliest acid rock bands. In India, he became the lead guitarist in the local jam rock band in the 70s, and later, in the 80s, helped pioneer a form of DJing using cassette tape edits of electronic body music and early techno brought by European tourists to India. His particular flavor of trance- which combines his spirituality as a Hindu Sadhu and Western psychedelic shaman- is called Goa Trance and is known worldwide. He is always seeking the most cutting edge psychedelic electronic dance music on the planet. At parties, he prefers to DJ all night and into the next day, with a focus on the spiritual side of the experience for all those gathered. He's DJ'd in more places than one can list, and defines his role as "uplifting people's consciousness." Gil's official motto is "Redefining the Ancient Tribal Ritual for the 21st Century."

All of Goa Gil's original music is co-created with his wife Ariane as The Nommos.