Joe Gauthreaux just released his new music video for “You Are My Family” featuring the vocal stylings of Iyana Day. The song itself is incredibly inspirational while also retaining upbeat club vibes that he is popular for. Gauthreaux, who is originally from New Orleans, is a DJ represented by Prop D Recordings that is popular in the gay community. He is known for such hits as “Bye Felicia” and remixing such artists as Justin Bieber.
The song itself has an inspirational message. “When you’re gay, your friends are your family,” says Gauthreaux, adding that “the true message of the song [is] that no matter what, we will be there for each other.” When he first started writing the song, he had intended it to be written for a specific person in his life but soon found that the uplifting message would be relevant and inspirational to a wider audience, specifically the GLBT+ community. While it is still something you can dance to, Gauthreaux says, “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.”
Gauthreaux was delighted to work with Inaya Day having her do the vocals on his new song. He says that he had only met her a few times before working with her in the studio to record this song. “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,” he says.
Day felt that they worked well in the studio together and “had a similar vision for the project.” Her connection to this project shows as one watches the music video. Maybe it’s the strength of her voice or the boldness of her character, but her contribution to this song is astounding. It is clear that she feels a personal connection to the song when she says, “I have many friends who I consider as family. For me, this song is dedicated to them.”
“I genuinely love all kinds of dance music,” Gauthreaux says. “I’m always incorporating new beats and sounds to keep the momentum up on my floor. 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,” says Gauthreaux, and this song definitely has a new and upbeat sound by combining elements of EDM and house gospel. The gospel aspect to it really makes it feel new and fresh, as well as bringing out the inspirational aspect to this song. Joe agrees saying, “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.”