Jay K the DJ
Home grown from classical roots, at age sixteen Jay K the DJ put down the viola and took to the turntables, taking his ear for music with him. Jay's persistent hustle earned him his first nightclub gig within his first year at the craft. Shortly after, he took the surrounding neighborhoods by storm, DJing over 200 proms and after-parties (both official and outlaw).
Jay K the DJ gained local notoriety from his mix show on 90.7FM, showcasing street music for over 3 years across Cape Cod. His mixtape series earned him credibility over his over 20,000 listeners. From there, Jay journeyed upward through the South Shore and into the City of Boston. His long-running career and impeccable selection earned him gigs and residencies in clubs all over Boston. A testament to his staying power, Jay has held residencies at three clubs that have lasted over three years each.
His career has since brought him across countless clubs and arenas throughout the Northeast. His reputation as a selector and party rocker has earned him opening sets for huge artists like 112, Akon, Boyz II Men, Beanie Man, Kevin Lyttle, Rupee, Lloyd Banks, Clark Kent, Cassidy, The Game, Piles, Baby Bash, Kelis, Kid Cudi, Tony Yayo, Next, Fabolous, Zhane, and Jim Jones.
In 2006 Jay started his SO DOPE! party series, his first solo party production enterprise.
Originating in a 100 cap "living room" space in Quincy called My House lounge, the party was a mix of indie dance, laser rap, and guitar driven modern electro. From My House, SO DOPE! headed into Boston where it spent a solid year at its second home DBAR in Savin Hill dialing up Thursday nights with the likes of Baltimoroder, John Barera, Volvox, Gil-T and Damien Paul who came on board as a partner in the brand following a guest set. The party went into overdrive thanks in part to a spread in the Boston Herald and quickly moved to larger and more high profile rooms such as Goodlife, Venu and Middle East downstairs before ending up at its permanent home Rise After Hours.
Jay and Damien opened up Rise to the 18-20 yr old rising dance music audience in Boston and ran monthly events that started at 2am til sometimes mid morning on saturday, at times cycling through the club's capacity 3-4 times a night. SO DOPE's Rise parties were the antithesis of progressive youth driven nightlife in the city, which garnered the attention of the likes of Kastle, Bass Kleph and John Dahlback as well as a slew of up and coming Los Angeles DJs and producers like Paparazzi, Hyphy Crunk, The Spys, Bulimiatron and Joaquin.
After a solid 2yrs of after-hours, SO DOPE! went into hiatus due to Jay and Damien branching out to work on other projects.
In mid 2011 they returned to Rise and began Rabbit Revolution and its flagship event Wonderland, which ran every Friday night right up til the final months of Rise's closing after an incredible 16yrs of operation.
Jay has since expanded his involvement in the local independent music scene, from producing album cover art, showcasing local talent through mixtapes, and producing videos for local clubs and artists. As a founding member of Rabbit Revolution, he mentors a new generation of young innovators across all genres of dance music.
Releases & Mixes
RISE Afterhours, Boston (Resident, 2007-2014)
Good Life, Boston (Resident)
Revolution Rock Bar, Boston (Resident)
Felt, Boston (Resident 2005-2010)
dbar, Boston (Resident)
Commonwealth, Quincy (Resident)
My House Lounge, Quincy (Resident)
Club 58, Quincy (Resident)
Identity Festival 2012
Hydrotechnics Festival 2014
Hard Bass Massive Tour 2012
Foam N Glow Tour 2013
Bass Nation Tour 2012
Figment Boston 2015
IExperia Tour 2013