Music is art and musicians are artist, but oftentimes we forget about the DJ. The DJ plays a pivotal role in the popularity of music. The DJ is a necessity in this art form. In his own right the DJ is an artist as well as a truly humble artist who selflessly brings music to the masses without any necessary recognition or reward. The DJ does this solely for the love of music. This couldn't be truer for Jason Naraine/Mistah Jay.
Since birth the Guyanese blood that flows in his veins and into his heart. In sync with Caribbean rhythms of his ancestral land has made djing the most important thing in his life. Being raised in a home with reggae and calypso in the background, music became a passion. Although he was a dedicated athlete and student, music always came first. Whether he was playing varsity football or running track he always made time for djing. After the big game he would often DJ a house party. Jay developed a buzz as a very sought after commodity in his city. Jason watched and studied how people reacted to the music he played and what the crowd reacted to.
Into adulthood the transition from house parties to clubs is where you could truly see the impact of his career. People want to have fun, dance, forget about the worries of today and party into tomorrow and Mistah Jay loves to deliver that feeling. Jay has played legendary venues such as Whiskey A Go Go, The Viper Room, and The Roxy Theatre, lending his talents to musicians across the state.
You can catch Mistah Jay each month at Suede Lounge LA and Green Room Pomona. Aside from his residency’s Jay frequently plays at Crazy Horse, Azul, ix Tapa, and Barcelona. Whether it's top 40, hip-hop or reggae the transitions are seamless. An artist in every sense of the word his turntables paint sounds you can hear and feel in your soul. The scratch becomes a brush stroke, the crowd is his subjects and the dance floor is his canvas. Mistah Jay creates an master piece each night he spins.