Jaro Sounder is a compiler of sorts. Not a DJ per se, as he prefers to avoid the obvious pressures of maintaining the continuity of a full dancefloor in an upbeat nightclub environment. While he enjoys leading the crowd into a hypnotic 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 standard modus operandi. From this particular creative framework, he is by nature, always stretching the cohesiveness of association and dissolving the boundaries (ie: psychedelic) of what is commonplace, hence the self-coined ‘visionary sounds’ category and self-proclaimed ‘visionary sounder’ title.

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Although Jaro Sounder’s musical destiny did not result or conclude in the DJ nightclub environment or music festival spectrum, he did get his first foot-in-the-door and ‘big break out of the bedroom’ as a performer spinning tunes as a weekly DJ in two extremely popular yet underground club venues: The Night Gallery – “Piece Meal” Thursdays and 421 Meredith – “Show & Tell” Fridays – located in Calgary Alberta, Canada. Both nights put great emphasis on the visual environment (video projections, 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 Auditory/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, Stride Gallery, 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 30 mixes (and counting) which are all available for free download (MP3 and FLAC) as well as optional Print-On-Demand CDs for the old fashioned collectors out there.


Visionary Sounds:   [30 FREE MIXES / 12 SUB GENRES]
 
i) Soul Jazz (mixing an assortment of vintage and contemporary Soul Jazz hits) *3 part trilogy

ii) Jazz Funk (mixing Early Electronic, Soundtracks, TV, Library 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 Soft Rock & Indie Folk radio selections) *2 part series

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

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

viii) World Jazz (mixing an assortment of contemporary World Jazz) *2 single mixes

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

x) Bass Music (mixing electronic Bass music with Post-Trap influences) *2 single mixes

xi) Ambient (mixing Ambient music with Folk, Minimal & Glitch influences) *3 part trilogy

xii) Afro Funk (mixing an assortment of Afro Funk, Afro Jazz, & Afro Beat) *2 part series





Explore his latest Sounds (2015):


(a) Afro Super Feelings (new Afro Funk mix)

(b) Ambient Spring (new Ambient mix)

(c) Go With It : Future R&B (new Bass Music mix)

(d) Requiem Pour Satan : Horror B-music (new Jazz Funk mix)

(e) Forest Tracks: Hi-Fi Sounds From The Bush (new Afro Roots mix).


Follow him on social media sites: Facebook, Soundcloud and Tumblr 1 (spaced out memes) and Tumblr 2 (trippy doodle series).