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It should come as no surprise that Jason Ojeda has emerged as “one to watch” among the next crop of young DJs vying for the coveted status of National Circuit Party DJ. Known today for his hard house beats and smooth soulful grooves, Jason grew up in a household where DJing literally was the family business. He was spinning records for his uncle’s mobile DJ company on Long Island, NY at nine years old.
“I mostly did weddings and sweet sixteens back then,” Jason explains. “My mom would drop me off and pick me up at the end of the night.”
Jason landed his first local club gig and residency at 15. “I was running the party before I was even legal to drink,” he laughs. After that, Jason bounced around local house music clubs on Long Island before being offered a residency at CPI’s, a Hamptons night spot regularly frequented by partying summer weekenders from New York City. The exposure from CPI’s led to gigs at top New York City venues including Sound Factory, Limelight, Life, Roxy, Roseland and the prized residency: opening for Junior Vasquez’s Saturday night “Earth” party at Exit.
“I’m excited about where I am now,” says Jason who defines his sound behind the booth as tribal, funky, vocal and very soulful. “I’ve been wanting to break into the gay scene for a long time and Exit’s been my key. Now I have my sights on the circuit scene. I want to be in the circuit so bad. All the records I have ever made were for the gay community in mind.”
Three of Jason’s remixes have charted on Billboard’s Top Twenty including Abigail’s “You Set Me Free” (GrooviLicious Records) which hit #1.
“I actually owe my start in production to Robin S. She heard me spin one night and asked me to remix her new records, “All that I’ve Got” and “24 Hour Love.” I accepted without hesitation, even though I didn’t have a clue about producing or working in a studio! I figured I couldn’t let a golden opportunity pass me by."
Luckily, Jason had some notable and experienced friends willing to help him out.
“DJ Razor hooked me up with DJ Guido who back then was producing country music out of a shack behind a house on Long Island,” Jason laughs. "Together, Guido and I remixed Robin’s songs and turned them into immediate club hits. Our remix of “All that I’ve Got” ended up being featured on the soundtrack for the movie Space Jam."
Soon after, Guido joined Razor to form the superstar DJ/production duo of Razor & Guido. Jason aligned with DJ Motomo 315 to form the production company, MindTrap. Under MindTrap, they produced a plethora of dance party remix staples including Inaya Day and Chino Ro’s “Movin’ Up” (Nervous Records) and Kim English’s “Missing You” (Nervous Records).
After MindTrap’s recent split, Jason Ojeda has found success on his own with dance floor hits “Hope Have I” by Sphinx and “Crying At The Discoteque” by Alcazar – the latter of which appears on the Queer As Folk Soundtrack (RCA Victor).
“The biggest misperception about me is that because I’m a straight DJ, I can’t party with the best of them. When you’re on my dance floor, you can be pretty damn sure that I’ll work your body up to a frenzy and get you tweakin’ in ways you never imagined possible.”