Ever since his first heartbeat JPOD has had music in his soul. His natural sense of rhythm and movement led to a genuine love for dancing. Equipped with creative motivation and armed with technical knowledge he continues to articulate an original sound rich with flavor. To keep him dancing JPOD consistently makes music with punchy beats and bouncy basslines. But his strong commitment to music with soul has inspired incorporating such vintage sounds as funk, world, reggae, swing, blues, folk, bluegrass, latin, motown and more! With such a range of styles JPOD always takes you on a diverse journey that transforms the dance floor. What could be better than smiling and dancing?
JPOD is truly a passionate and talented beat chef. He is known for his unique flavor as well as having precise musical and technical skills. He plays many styles including glitch-hop, funk, world and breakbeats live-mashed together with samples and acapellas. He is also known for remixing unconventional roots music such as gospel, bluegrass, folk, swing, blues and more. When he plays his passion is contagious and quickly inspires others to join in the fun!
JPOD's life has always been rooted in music. He was raised on piano lessons, jazz and worship music and began experimentally producing at the age of 15. He was then inspired by turntables and taught himself the movements of scratching before even touching a crossfader. At 19 he began DJing and instantly adapted his musical ear to mixing. He held a residency at Kelowna's HiGHER GRoUND, has played shows and festivals all over western Canada, and has been a staple in the Fractal Forest at Shambhala Music Festival (Canada) performing both solo and in a duo called the StickyPod Connection.
Like any passion, JPOD's DJ style continues to evolve. His goal has always been to do something different to keep listeners on their toes and to satisfy his artistic heart. In 2007 JPOD transitioned from turntables to Ableton Live in an effort to continue growing his DJ skills as well as satisfy his musical passion while backpacking South East Asia. His style now fully encompasses live remixing, effects and beat creation while maintaining the unique flavor he has always had.
JPOD has released music on his own label Swing Set Sounds and on other labels including Addictech, Omelette, ESL, Muti Music, Fort Knox Recordings, Simplify Recordings, Jalapeno Records and more. His debut album Halfsteppin was released in 2012 and he has released multiple EPs as well. He is also known to frequently create signature-sounding bootleg remixes that are always free downloads via his website.
JPOD has toured internationally in Australia, USA, Europe and Costa Rica as well as all over western Canada at many festivals and clubs and continues to inspire and encourage everyone he encounters. With all the requests to keep going there is no plan to stop any time soon. He guarantees to bring an interesting and innovative show with a little something you've heard before combined with something you haven't.