When you think of serious latin influence in music and you compare it to todays dance scene, it’s what pushes this Canadian born Colombian to get very creative . His mission is for his music to be heard all over the world in his own unique way. In his eyes and ears, he imagines people on the dance floor just letting go of every bad thought and transforming themselves into a sense of euphoria.
A long visceral release and the musical flow would take control of their body in every positive way. All of this passion for music started way back at a very young age when he realized how hip into the scene his father really was. Always bringing the latest salsa,disco and rock music home, it was only a matter of time that Juan(Gmoney) took a really big interest in all the musical diversity.
His father had an afterhours in the downtown core of Toronto. At the age of twelve, Juan was accompanying him on excursions, but not out too late. In those times he got to see the hypntoic power that the music had over the people and the way they enthusistically responded. Fooling around with his dad’s records, he was educated with his younger brother (Henry Dj Cartel) and cataloging songs in his head. He was mature enough at twelve, to sleep with the radio on every night and learn about the different genres of music. Inspired by going to several parties with his family and seeing all kinds of dj’s playing the music affected Juan emotionally… his next step was to try it himself. With so many records all over the apartment, it was time for one of the biggest, anticipated requests of his young life-to ask his father for professional turntables.
In the building where Juan lived there was a guy who had old Technic 1200’s in really bad shape. They worked though and there was a little Gemini mixer that to this day, he still owns as a reflection of where he came from. At the age of 13 music became a way of life for Juan"GMONEY"Jaramillo.(Juancho)
After doing several successful local parties with friends, the word quickly spread to downtown promoters. Juan started opening for some of T.O.‘s top dj’s, which soon turned to headliner status in the great city of Toronto and it’s legendary clubs. Juan was approached to host a weekly Tuesday evening house music radio show after previously being on radio for his latin music endeavours. Radio executives Magda De La Torre and Manuel Canales gave birth to "GLOBAL GROOVE RADIO 100.7 FM ", housed in the CHIN building on College st. Juan’s show on that station was called “G’s GROOVES” which featured tribal, classic, tech, progressive, deep, big room and latin house music.
The popular radio exposure gradually led to important dj gigs, opening for the such dj’s as: Erick Morillo, Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero, Paul Oakenfold, Jellybean Benitez, Jose Nunez, Derrick Carter, Bob Sinclar, Richard F, Green Velvet, Carl Craig, DaCat, Honey Dijon, Sandy Rivera, Max Graham and many others through Juan’s 26 year dj history. He also opened up for legendary latin artists like Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias. These following clubs that Juan regularly played in, describe an exciting period of dance music history in Toronto: The Guvernment, Aria, Living Room, Phoenix, Fluid, Exit, Life, Mad Bar, Power Bar, The Docks, Lula Lounge, Society, Limelight, Meow, Oz, Delux, Plastique, Ivory, Bauhaus, Joker, LA Hollywood ,Tonic, Roxy Blu, NV, Cream, Bamboo and many more. Memorable gigs include playing to 4,000 people at La Boom in Cancun Mexico. Hosted by resident club dj Benji Solis.
An interesting dj gig involved spinning soccer superstar Maradona’s 21st wedding anniversary in 1998. Juan fondly remembers Maradona asking for his autograph. Juan loved his regular gigs in Montreal dj’ing in clubs such as Vertigo, Vatican, Conga, Metropolis (2000 people) and opening for India at the Palais de Congress, (Juan was rated the best Canadian latin dj for over a decade.)