Starting from humble beginnings: a dual cassette recorder deck, a quick ear for soul, and rapid finger skills for delivering the perfect stop/pause beat tapes.

“I’ve used cassette tapes as a medium for a long time, before exposure to record shops and vinyl, and then finally saving up enough money for turntables and a mixer. I think this early limitation was an integral part of sending me down my own path, different from today’s deejay. I didn’t have the luxury of pitch control and a crossfader in those days so my set selections would end up being a broader range of sounds since i also wasn’t restricted to conventional beat-matching techniques. Now as a conceptual deejay and compiler, i continue to listen to all facets of music with an open mind – free from preconceived musical notions of the past. If i resonate with what i’m hearing, i take note and continue to dig deeper until the sound i’m searching for gets revealed.”

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Back to the basics, Jaro has always loved music with Soul.

“Soul in general has the creative potential to run its course through an entire musical spectrum, dissolving boundaries from one genre to another. Soulful Beats & Visionary Sounds have shown up in various parts around the globe, usually residing under psychedelic sub-genres like Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz, Afro Funk, Afro Jazz, Psych Rock, as well as entirely new hosts within the Electronic realm.”

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Starting out in his early teens as a Hip-Hop deejay, he helped throw parties in local community halls, forming sound systems with his friends. Later he would install his first permanently assembled PA system into a popular warehouse location known as 421 Meredith (a 6,000 sq ft location which later became the Emerald Media Cafe).

“It was a cool underground space for the city, but none of us had much money at the time so we had to go off a shoe-string budget. We always catered to straight up music lovers who didn’t mind a ‘rough around the edges’ aspect to our warehouse parties and after-hour club events. Most deejay’s maintain that it’s all about making people dance, but during our time at 421 Meredith, we would always try to stay true to our roots – focusing on the soul and musicality of our chosen beats and rhythms.”
 
He later went on to host a weekly club residency called ‘Piece Meal’ at legendary Canadian nightclub The Night Gallery Cabaret which showcased various Dj’s + Vj’s on rotation for a full-spectrum weekly Audio/Visionary Beat excursion.

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Owner and operator of Phonics Records – a record shop located in Calgary, Canada which acted as a springboard for creativity and bringing people together.

“Phonics was a great spot for aspiring deejays and promoters to connect together in a casual environment of crate digging. I was always open to new concepts and ideas coming from fresh young minds regardless of how much experience they had under their belt. You can spend years practicing at home and by the time you hit the streets with your talents you are way ahead of every other person with conventional skills in the industry. I was always more impressed with what they had dedicated their lives to regardless of how much money they made from their projected efforts. People spend a lot of time on things that don’t necessarily generate any money, and in truth spend money directly out of their own pockets in order to witness and experience a little heaven outside of their head; it’s how we all get started in the beginning.”

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Back to the future, J.S. has stepped off the beaten path and is beginning to utilize the World Wide Web in order to sculpt and define himself as a visionary sounder and compiler.

“A lot of my compilations and mix trilogies are not very radio friendly nor do they necessarily fit in with the current underground club culture. I guess you could say my beats are catchy in an unconventional way, but you need vision to see and hear that, which is unfortunately a rare thing these days. On the brighter flip side, a lot of people are growing bored of the usual fanfare and (thanks to the internet) beginning to explore a more dynamic, boundary-dissolving musical spectrum as a whole. Our Culture & society is expanding exponentially due to a sudden growth in technology, and that may help things to bloom in unexpected and refreshing ways.”

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Soulful Beats & Visionary Sounds:   [28+ FREE ONLINE MIXES]
 
i) Soul Jazz (mixing an assortment of vintage and contemporary Soul Jazz hits) *3 part trilogy

ii) Jazz Funk (mixing early Electronic Soundtracks, Library and Television Jazz Funk) *2 part series

iii) Minimal House (mixing a variety of electronic Minimal House sounds) *3 part trilogy

iv) Afro Roots (compiling an array of African Roots musicians) *3 part trilogy

v) Soft Rock (mixing contemporary Indie/Soft Rock radio selections) *2 part series

vi) Club / Dance (mixing Club/Dance Classics from the Late ’80s / Early ’90s) *2 hour set

vii) Mood Music (mixing Space Age and Exotica Mood Music) *2 part series

viii) Roots Reggae (mixing Roots Reggae & Vintage Dub selections) *single mix

ix) World Jazz (mixing an assortment of contemporary World Jazz) *single mix

x) Big Beat (mixing Breakbeat club anthems with a 60’s Guitar-driven Pop twist) *5 part series

xi) Bass Music (mixing electronic Bass music with Post-Trap influences) *2 part series

Latest 2014 Sound Offerings! (a) Go With It : Future R&B (new Bass Music mix), (b) Requiem Pour Satan : Horror B-music (new Jazz Funk mix) and (c) Forest Tracks: Hi-Fi Sounds From The Bush (new Afro Roots mix)


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His current focus includes working on a continuum of recorded material presented for commercial release as well as offering a few Net exclusives – preview his latest Bass Music, Club / Dance, Soft Rock, Jazz Funk, Mood Music and Soul Jazz mixes.
 
Also visit his current microblogs: Galaxy Meme (exploring spaced out memes & cute pet photos), Little Soul Flower (psychedelic doodle series), and his Facebook page (funny status updates and more).