JAYEM Opens Up About Musical Journey, Influences, and Personal Passions

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In a captivating interview at the Nexus Lounge hosted at the CALPAK space, DJ Ron S from Nexus Radio sat down with New York-based producer and DJ, JAYEM, to delve into his rich musical journey, influences, and personal passions. Known for his unique blend of rich pianos and textured basses, JAYEM shared insights into his creative process and future projects.

JAYEM, whose real name is Justin Mondello, has been making waves in the music scene with his distinctive piano house and pop house records. His recent single “On & On,” a collaboration with songwriter Dyson, has been earning significant radio play, including on Sirius XM BPM and Revolution Radio. Reflecting on his rapid rise, JAYEM expressed gratitude for the support and excitement about what’s to come. “It’s been an incredible journey so far, and I’m just getting started,” he said.


During the interview, JAYEM opened up about his early love for music, which began with playing the piano at the tender age of five, followed by guitar, bass, and drums. His musical journey took a significant turn after high school when he toured with a rock band along the East Coast.

Although the band eventually dissolved, JAYEM’s passion for music only grew stronger. The 2010s saw him dive headfirst into electronic music production, creating his signature sound that resonates in various settings.

Discussing his influences, JAYEM highlighted artists like John Summit and Joe Corey, whose work has profoundly shaped his musical style. He also shared personal anecdotes, such as receiving a unique clock from his nephew and navigating a trip on crutches due to a gout episode, adding humor and relatability to the conversation.

Beyond music, JAYEM’s interests include golf and maintaining saltwater fish tanks, which he finds both relaxing and fulfilling. These hobbies balance his busy life as a producer and DJ, allowing him to recharge and find inspiration.

The interview wrapped up with the popular “Take 5” segment, where JAYEM answered rapid-fire questions, revealing fun facts like his favorite soundtrack being “Eye of the Tiger” from Rocky, his favorite childhood toy being his guitar. If he could be any animal, he would choose to be a dog for its carefree nature.

JAYEM’s openness and enthusiasm throughout the interview gave fans a deeper understanding of the man behind the music. His upcoming projects promise more of the driving house vibes and 90s-influenced sounds that his fans have come to love.

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