Jason Jenings is still one of the biggest draws in dance music. We caught up with Jason to know interesting facts about his life as a DJ. I truly believe he can inspire many other artists out there! Read the full interview below.
1 – What’s the best thing about being a DJ & Producer?
I’d have to say that the best thing about being a DJ & Producer is that I’m doing what I love and what I dreamed of doing as a kid. The second best thing is that I’m really tuned in to all of the best new music that is coming out. I’m always searching for new tracks to build into my sets and radio shows.
2 – How would you describe your first DJ gig?
My first DJ gig was definitely terrifying. I didn’t want to screw up my mixes, so they sounded like “boots in a dryer”. My nerves were pretty high, since I didn’t want to disappoint the crowd. I found out very quickly that I’m great under pressure, then it was easier to relax and have fun with it.
3 – Is Canada a great place for DJs? Are there opportunities?
Canada has an amazing EDM culture. From East to West coast, there’s a huge following and it’s getting bigger every year. Lots of fantastic DJ’s and Producers are Canadian. I’m proud to call it my home.
4 – Was it fun to be a dance music promoter in the past? How things have changed over the years?
Being a dance music promoter back in the day was definitely fun and always exciting. Back then you never knew where the parties would be half the time, until like an hour before the party. The venues would change at the last minute and it was always unsure if the party would be a go or not. Since the whole scene is so much more accepted and main stream now, it’s way easier to promote these events.
5 – Did you meet your wife in a party? Is she also involved in the world of music?
No, I didn’t meet my wife at a party. Back in those days she was a big hip hop fan—quite the opposite of what I was into (haha). We met one night at one of my event’s after parties. I’ve managed to turn her musical tastes over the years and she’s an amazing part of my team behind the scenes. She is heavily involved in the world of real estate and owns her own Brokerage, too.
6 – Do you believe your life changed after the accident you had?
Yes, my life completely changed after the accident. At the time it felt like my life slowed to a stop and it’s taken me a long time to get my body & my mind back feeling good. Now that I’ve overcome all the obstacles that the accident presented, in hindsight, it’s the best thing that could’ve ever happened to me. It gave me the opportunity to re-evaluate what I was doing & where I was going. Not many people get a second chance to do what they love. I feel very blessed and thankful for that.
6 – What’s one thing that would surprise many people to learn about you?
I don’t have a lot of secrets, but I guess it would surprise people to know that I’m a junk food lover. Nothing makes me happier than some chips, dip & a big bag of candy.
7 – Do you have a favorite hobby outside the DJing world?
I haven’t had time for a lot of extra curricular activities this year. When I do get some free time though, you’ll find me out on the golf course. I’m a great golfer (when I play often), although I’m a little rusty from lack of use, at the moment.
8 – Do you prefer to play at clubs or at festivals?
I really don’t have a preference on where I play. Clubs, Festivals….I love it all. I’ll go wherever, whenever. Put me in front of a crowd anywhere and I’m happy to play.
9 – Are you currently producing new music? Tell us more about it.
I’ve been really busy this Fall in the studio, making new tracks every day. It’s really addictive. I’m constantly trying to compete with myself, to make each one bigger and better than the last. I’ll be releasing many new tracks on the Hammarica label shortly. My latest track “RAVERS” will be released exclusively on Beatport later this month. Lots of exciting things to come!
10 – What are the things we can find in your own home studio?
In my home studio, you’ll find all my gear & often a two year old…dancing like she’s on “Footloose”. My daughter’s my best critic and she’s the first one to tell me if something sucks. If it isn’t good…she isn’t dancing. 🙂