Jason Eli’s music is a soulful, bombastic antidote to the so called “dance” music that seems to be everywhere these days.
His career grew from a love for making people dance and a desire to explore musical genres from House, Soul & Jazz to Afro-Beat, Hip-Hop, Funk and beyond. From humble beginnings as a kid growing up in London watching his older cousins play live funk in their loft, 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 has 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 & Locked On.
Back in the 90’s, he held a four year DJ residency at Ministry of Sound 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, DJ Harvey and many more.
Jason’s next regular influential club night residency was at “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 creating and running the Groovadelica club night, record label and radio show (reaching 20,000 listeners every week). He’s collaborated with many New Zealand artists including Nathan Haines, Cherie Mathieson & Ashley Knox.
Now, Jason is back in London, soaking up the city’s unique vibes, 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). MiSoul radio’s Marcia Carr has described his sound as “High dose nu-boogie”
Jason’s debut album “Take Your Time” and is a testament to his musical adventures, featuring many of the amazing musicians and artists he’s met on his musical journey so far.
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