You may have seen him open for your favorite top 100 DJ at The Hard Rock in San Diego or you may have stumbled across his opening set at House of Blues while a night out on the town. If you’re a Fluxx usual or an Eventvibe follower, you’re probably very familiar with the name, Jason Ross. Opening for legendary names, Jason Ross has conquered the EDM scene in Southern California and could very well make his way to your front doorstep soon. Given the privilege to cross paths with Jason Ross, I thought I would take this opportunity to get to know this rising star and ambitious musician.
Tell me about your musical background? You grew up as a classical and jazz musician? How did you transition to EDM?
I always had a knack for good melody. I started playing the piano when I was 8 years old, and picked up the sax at 10. I loved making and creating music at a young age. When I was 12, my uncle came over and showed me a song he recently came across: ATB 9PM (Till I Come). I was so mesmerized by that euphoric melody and lead that I was instantly taken back and wanted more of it! I started getting into all different types of dance music, and instantly fell in love with the genre as a whole. I think my love for music expanded at that time as I ventured more into the EDM genre. I was still a fan of Kenny G and George Benson, but also loved listening to the electronic legends such as Darude, ATB, Tiesto and so many others. I knew at that time I wanted to be the guy playing these songs in the clubs, before I even knew what a club was.[/box_light]
You’ve recently graduated from San Diego State University and have already opened for some pretty big names. Ranging from Tiesto, Avicii, and Porter Robinson to Above and Beyond, Paul Oakenfold, and Sander van Doorn. You’ve been a resident DJ at Fluxx, which was voted one of the best night clubs in San Diego. How do you handle this kind of pressure along with juggling your studies at the same time? What’s your advice to aspiring producers and DJs doing the same thing?
It was definitely a juggle to say that least! I think I work better when I’m under pressure, and actually feel my studies were best around the time I opened for the big names like Tiesto and Above & Beyond. One of the craziest memories looking back was last year when I opened for Avicii at Hard Rock’s day party. I had a final the next day, and I just remember studying up until I had to go on stage, rocked out for 2 hours, said hi to Tim (Avicii), and went straight back to the library afterwards. Haha. I would have to say for aspiring producers and DJs doing the same thing – work hard in every aspect of being a producer/DJ as well as being a student. Being a student and graduating was always my first and foremost priority when I was in school; don’t let your priorities get shifted.[/box_light]
Tell me about one of the most memorable moments you’ve had as a DJ.
One of my most memorable moments I’ve had as a DJ had to be when I played at Indiana University last year. One of the nights I played was in this massive fraternity house. There were probably 150 people crammed into this small chapter room, and the place was literally going off until 4:30 in the morning. It was so intimate and everyone there was just so into what I was playing that they were down with anything I played. I even threw in some 134 bpm trance! They absolutely loved it, and so did I.[/box_light]
How long have you been hosting the podcast, iClub? How does your podcast reflect your sets?
I took over iClub in May, when I graduated. It’s been such a great experience for me and opened so many doors as well as given me the chance to meet so many new and established producers and DJs alike. The podcast reflects my sets in that all of the tracks I play are directly from my library of music that I also use in my sets. It’s definitely a bit more “mainstream” than my sets to give listeners new and fresh tracks in every episode, but I also make sure I stay true to my sound and keep it relevant to what I would play in the clubs.[/box_light]
You’ve recently signed “Nightfall” to Mondo Records. Tell me about this track and the excitement you’ve experienced with it being your first track signed!
I’m very excited about this one! My productions are finally ready and I feel “Nightfall” is a great representation of my sound and where I’m at as a producer. Like I previously stated, I’m big on melody, and this track has a big melody and chorus. It’s got a very big room progressive feel, but also has some deep and emotional chord progressions that I feel put you on a journey.[/box_light]
What are your current influences right now? What kind of sound can we expect evolving with your production career?
My current influences are from any producer that can really lay down a fresh, versatile, and solid progressive track. I love listening to Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy radioshow, and always get inspired from the tracks they play. Arty, Audien, and Michael Brun are 3 guys I can say I get a lot of inspiration from.[/box_light]
What’s a goal of yours that you’re striving towards for 2013?
I’d love to get some more releases out and more so develop my sound as a producer. I also plan to continue with my JRtv episodes, which follows me on the road. I definitely plan to take my fans with me on this incredible journey. I would also love to play more shows around the world, wherever that may be![/box_light]
Lastly, what does the future hold for Jason Ross? Where can we expect you within the next coming months?
The future holds so much, and I can’t wait for what’s to come! I just came back from a gig in New York at Santos opening for Moguai, which was amazing. I’m opening for Sander van Doorn at FLUXX in San Diego February 7th, I have a couple shows in Minneapolis coming up, as well as dates set for San Francisco, Arizona, Chicago, Miami, and so much more![/box_light]
What has impressed me the most about Jason Ross is his ability to play a great set appropriate for any atmosphere. Whether opening for world class DJs on a beautiful summer day at a downtown beach club or laying down some groovy tunes in a small lounge in Pacific Beach– his sound is crisp and clean. Jason Ross, newly residing in Hollywood, may turn your casual night out with the girls into an after hours barefoot walk home with dangling heels at your waist. Beware, Jason Ross has been let loose.
Interview by: Kendra Aker | EDMFAM | San Diego, CA[/box_light]
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