Jungle Cat got his start spinning records at the age of 3, playing his parents’ collection on a tiny portable turntable. He started his own collection that year, with “Upside Down” by Diana Ross on 45. At age 5 he got his first drumkit and would spend hours banging along to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Showing a strong love for soulful music at such an early age, it was no surprise when, many years later, he and a crew of like-minded comrades started The Budos Band—a 10-piece instrumental act known for fusing influences as disparate as Black Sabbath and Fela Kuti. Switching over from drumkit to conga, he developed his own style, feeling the groove and staying in the pocket—an approach he now brings to the turntables as a selector. After moving to San Luis Obispo from his native New York, he turned to DJing as a way to stay involved in music, make friends, and share his love of music with the community. Jungle Cat is a founding member of Soul Dust Productions, and is the creator of Boogie Night, a monthly post-disco party in downtown SLO.
As in avid collector of music starting in the early 90s with underground hip-hop and U.K. techno, Jason has always found a way to make music an integral part of his life. From being involved in the mid-90s rave and club scene, to scoring film shorts, and more recently being involved in both the SLO Record Swap and a central member of Soul Dust Productions. He is both a long time vinyl enthusiast, while staying up to date with current music technology. He has made DJing his main creative output since 2006.