Joel West

Joel Cottingham

Joel West is a co-founder of, label head at Groundwerk Recordings, and a resident DJ at Gorgomish Afterhours. Joel produces house and techno and frequently plays his own music in his DJ sets. In addition to performing, in 2018 Joel produced a second stage and curated a DJ mix competition for Monstercat Compound with support from Music BC and the Province of BC. Joel has also moderated panels at AEMCON 2016-17 (happy to be on board again for 2018), Bass Coast festival 2016-18, Seasons Festival, and 30+ Groundwerk events. 

Joel's organization Groundwerk has held 30+ monthly listening parties in Vancouver, where electronic music producers of all skill levels meet to learn, share, and connect. Joel is proud that Groundwerk has given 150+ artists the chance to have 675+ new songs premiered on a club PA. Several of these artists have been selected to release on the Groundwerk label and to play at Groundwerk events. 

Joel has released music on Groundwerk, East Van Digital, and Nuevadark. Joel has a forthcoming collab EP on Cuete Recordings with his frequent DJ and production partner The GOAT. 

Joel happily returned to play several of Vancouver's locally produced day-time events in 2018 like Leave Us Lost, Sunwave, Monstercat Compound, and Public Disco. Joel has booked and opened for international touring talent like Layton Giordani, D-Unity, Dave Angel, Gene Farris, Ardalan, Kevin & Dantiez Saunderson, DJ Heather, and others in venues such as Open Studios, MIA, Gorgomish, The Beaumont Studios, The Hifi Club, and more. Joel has played multiple times at Shambhala, Electric Love festival, Festivus, and FozzyFest. 

When not working with music, you can find Joel acting in TV, film, and commercials.