Guy Gerber is that rare breed of electronic dance music producer who's always done his own thing. And "Stoppage Time," his 2004 breakthrough hit on John Digweed's Bedrock label, was a slice of epic big-room techno that became a global club anthem and continues to sell by the truckload. Today, Gerber has stepped straight into the mainstream by collaborating with hip-hop artists like Diddy, Lil Wayne, and Drake. The latter is widely featured on a new mystery album that has fans eagerly awaiting its release. In the meantime, Gerber's new EP Isolar is out on Supplement Facts June 27, and he's touring North America in support of the release with a requisite stop at the Electric Pickle this Saturday. Crossfade: You're a former pro soccer player. How did you end up in the EDM game? Guy Gerber: Well. I still love soccer even though my team Maccabi Tel Aviv really sucks these days. It's just that when I was 16, it seemed easier to get girls while playing guitar rather than scoring goals. When I grew up, I realized it was a mistake. Later, I felt that in electronic music I could find my own voice because the genre is still evolving and the borders are yet to be defined.
Sat., Sept. 3, 10 p.m., 2011