Music producer & DJ Jason Eli’s music is a soulful, bombastic antidote to the repetitive so called “dance” music that seems to be everywhere these days.
His career is the result of a love for making people dance and his desire to explore musical genres from House, Soul & Jazz to Afro-Beat, Hip-Hop, Funk and beyond. From humble beginnings growing up in London, watching his older cousins play live funk, taking piano lessons to emulate them and then hanging out in countless record stores, he’s progressed to remix songs for icon’s including Whitney Houston, perform with DJ’s including Frankie Knuckles and produce music for labels including Motown, E.M.I. many more.
As one half of the Marvel & Eli production duo, Jason produced/remixed five UK top 40 hits. Artists he’s remixed include Mos Def, Sola Rosa, Damage, Masters at Work and many others. His productions have been released on labels including Defected, Azuli, Sony Music & Locked On.
Back in the 90’s, he held a four year DJ residency at Ministry of Sound alongside DJ Harvey, Justin Berkmann, Jazzy M and Bert Bevans when the Ministry was at the cutting edge of underground House music. Jason’s toured with legends like Techno pioneer Kevin Saunderson, ex Studio 54 resident Kenny Carpenter, Todd Terry, Norman Jay and many more. His next regular influential club night residency was “Swaraj”, based in London’s Blue note club – one of the first events in the world to blend Indian music with the exploding dance culture of the time.
Fast forward to the early 2000’s and a huge move occurs for our hero – from London to… New Zealand! The call of love hit Jason (how could we have a story without a love interest?) and in following a beautiful Kiwi girl back to her homeland, he left the London nightlife for Antipodean beaches, greenery and a less frenetic vibe. Living in Auckland (NZ’s cultural hub) Jason continued to spread his soulful gospel by setting up the Groovadelica club night, record label and radio show (reaching 20,000 listeners every week). He’s collaborated with some amazing New Zealand artists including Nathan Haines, Cherie Mathieson & Ashley Knox.
Moving on to today. Jason is back in London, soaking up the musical vibes, DJing, making music and exploring new musical landscapes. His soulful live sets draw on both the classic (Soul, Disco, Latin & Jazz) and the new (House, UK Garage, Drum & Bass, Broken Beat, Future). His sound today has been described as somewhere between the gritty soul/funk of Anderson .Paak and the energy of a late night club.
Jason’s debut album “Take Your Time” and is a testament to his musical adventures, featuring many of the amazing musicians and artists his met on his musical journey.
MiSoul radio’s Marcia Carr has described it as “High dose nu-boogie”
So, if you like your songs with melody, groove and soul – you can check it out here. Enjoy.
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