Jaro Sounder is a compiler of sorts. Not a DJ per se, as he prefers to avoid the obvious pressures of maintaining a full dance floor in an upbeat nightclub environment. While he enjoys leading the crowd into a magnetic and captivating groove, his true focus and talent lies in the ability to sift out music that moves and stirs your soul, but also discovering and providing a platform for music that doesn’t interest and appeal to conventional record diggers and mixing enthusiasts. Focusing on the soul and musicality of each song rather than paying mind to which type of genre or specific artist it happens to be, is his modus operandi. From this particular creative framework, he is by nature, always stretching the cohesiveness of association and dissolving the boundaries of what is commonplace.

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Although his musical destiny did not result or conclude in the dance club environment or music festival spectrum, Jaro Sounder got his first foot-in-the-door as a weekly DJ spinning tunes in two very popular underground club venues located in Calgary Alberta, Canada: “Piece Meal” Thursdays at The Night Gallery and “Show & Tell” Fridays at 421 Meredith. Both evenings put strong emphasis on the visual environment (projection mapping, slides, film strips, interactive video gaming, freestyle art) by working alongside and spotlighting the creative works of various VJs (Noel Bégin aka Object, Doug & Conroy Nachtigall aka Dug & Selector, and Yuriko Iga aka Bunny Soldier). Artistic Curators on rotation for a full-spectrum weekly Audio/Visionary Beat Excursion.

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During his time as a DJ, he noticed there was a lack of resources to purchase vinyl and import cds in the city so he decided to open his own vinyl boutique called Phonics. Not only was this a great way for him to discover and spread around more great music to other DJs and music enthusiasts throughout the city but it also acted as a springboard for creativity and bringing people together in a casual environment of crate digging. This led to him working with many other creative people in the Theatre & Arts including: The Street Of Crocodiles, One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo, The Banff Centre For The Arts, Epcor Centre For the Performing Arts, Dancers Studio West, The Big Secret Theatre, Truck Gallery, The Imperial Theatre, and The Glenbow Museum. What led next was Jaro Sounder appearing in many articles in a number of the city’s weekly magazines, gaining exposure and spotlighting his efforts as a retail record shop owner, sound designer working with various art, dance, and theatre productions, his contribution to the city’s night life and entertainment industry through his weekly DJing gigs, as well as working as a special events coordinator bringing International and National talent to the city on a monthly basis.

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Presently, Jaro Sounder continues to listen to all facets of music with an open mind; free from preconceived notions of the past. If he resonates with what he hears, he takes note and continues to dig deeper until the sound he’s searching for gets revealed.

His online archive consists of 40 mixes (and counting) which are all available for free download in high quality WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, and MP3 as well as optional Print-On-Demand CDs for the old fashioned collectors out there (coming soon via Kunaki Distribution).


Visionary Sounds      40 Online Mixes / 17 Subgenres
 

  • Soul Jazz (vintage and contemporary Soul Jazz hits) *trilogy
  • Jazz Funk (Early Electronic, Soundtracks & Library Jazz Funk) *2 pt series + single mix
  • Minimal House (Minimal Tech House selections) *trilogy + single mix
  • Afro Roots (contemporary African Roots musicians) *trilogy + single mix
  • Indie Folk (contemporary Indie Folk & Indie Rock selections) *trilogy
  • Club Radio (Club Radio hits from the Late ’80s / Early ’90s) *2 hour set
  • Roots Reggae (Roots Reggae & Vintage Dub selections) *single mix
  • World Jazz (contemporary World Jazz) *single mix
  • Big Beat (Breakbeat club anthems with a guitar-driven Pop twist) *2 pt series + 2 live sets
  • Bass Music (electronic Bass music with Post-Trap & Glitch influences) *3 single mixes
  • Ambient (Ambient music with Minimal & Glitch influences) *2 part series
  • Cassette Culture (Tape Experimentation, DIY Sound Collage, Auto-Hypnotic) *2 pt series
  • Afro Funk (vintage Afro Funk & Afro Beat) *2 part series
  • Folk Radio (Folk Radio hits from the Late ’60s / Early ’70s) *2 part series
  • Minimal Synth (Synth Pop, Minimal Synth, and Experimental) *2 part series
  • Modern Classical (Solo Piano, Chamber, and Ambient Classical) *2 part series
  • Rockabilly Surf (Rockabilly & Surf from the Late ’50s / Early ’60s) *2 part series
  • Assorted (mixing an assortment of Subgenres together) *2 live sets

 

Latest Content      2015 / 2016
 

 
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Check out other random stuff by Jaro Sounder: Galaxy Meme (spaced out memes) and Little Soul Flower (psychedelic doodle series) .