We had the good fortune of connecting with JayCee Careaga and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi JayCee, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
Whats the end goal? Woah…. That’s a deep question. I believe for anyone, the end goal is to be happy and healthy. By the end of my career I will look back and see all the hard work, love, and dedication I’ve put into my craft over the years. It wont be the awards, the shows, the glamour or any of that. It will be the space between those moments like the sleepless nights in the studio, meeting and collaborating with talented artists, falling and getting back up. Just like music…. it’s the space between the notes that make it “music”. As for where I want to be professionally by the end of my career. Firstly I would have reached my goals of touring the world and playing my music at the most prolific venues. Secondly I would have won some grammies for my hits and movie scoring. Thirdly, I would have retired from performing and collaborating. Finally, I will be in the process of starting a music and arts school for underprivileged youth in my hometown of San Ysidro, CA. Eventually I will grow those schools/academies all over the world to help children and teenagers find their artistic calling. Music and arts saved my life and I believe sharing the “how to” with the world is the best way to heal and help find purpose. Music is the language of the universe and love. It is my goal to help people speak that language.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is music. I love music because it is a way for my soul to communicate with the universe. Everyone understands music no matter where you come from. What sets me apart from others is that I create most of my music from scratch. My sounds are made through what I call as “happy mistakes”. I love creating my sounds from my analog synthesizers and drum machines. Something about physically being able to touch and turn knobs that gives electronic music a human feeling. I love when humans and technology come together which is why I make Techno. I got to where I am now through trial and error. I didn’t have the luxury to go to a music school or academy. No one gave me hand outs or a guide on how to get to where I am. It was very difficult to get here. I got here by applying what I was taught to do as a child. I used hard work, love and determination to achieve what I have. What makes me proud and confident in my craft is that I was booked to play in Amsterdam at the worlds largest music event – ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event). That moment alone propelled me into working 150x harder than most around me. What I’d like the world to know about me or my brand is that I do what I do out of love for music. I believe that we are all divine and have the power to spread love and positivity with the world through music. Anything is possible.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My best friends are mostly music producers so I think we’d like to get in the studio and work on some hits at some point! First I’d pick them up from the airport and pass by Bottle Craft in North Park to buy some quality beers. San Diego is notorious for craft beer. Secondly, we’d walk across the street to City Tacos and fill up on some dank tacos! After that, we’d cruise over to my house, spark a nice joint, crack open those beers and get to work on those tunes! The next day we’d get up late and take a drive along the coast to La Jolla to eat lunch at Candor by Giuseppe with some friends. We’d probably end up spending the whole day at the beach and catching the sunset. Living in San Diego is usually living day by day with no worries. We are a chill and go with the flow kind of city so usually the answer to “what do you want to do today” ends up with the response being “up to you, I don’t care”.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have many people to thank and give shout outs to. Firstly, I would love to give a shout out to my beautiful girlfriend Kayah for always supporting my endeavors. She always pushes me to do my best. Honestly, I don’t know where I’d be or what I’d be doing right now if it weren’t for her. We vibe and coexist so well. Its like having a best friend, a girlfriend, manager and your #1 fan all in one that’s pretty cool f you ask me. She pushes me to do better in life wether it be my craft, diet, goals and even how good my posture is when Im doing yoga with her. I love being able to share my music with her before sharing it with the world. She is my MVP! Secondly, my family. My family has never questioned my life decisions. That means the world to me, Just to know that my family is there for me and supports me 110% is all the support I need in life. My mom has always made it clear that I can do whatever I set my mind to. She has showed me what true resilience is. That woman is a true fighter and I get that trait from her. We don’t fold and we absolutely don’t take no for an answer. As a child I was raised to believe that anything is possible with hard work, love and determination. I have my family to thank for that… I do what I do with mucho amor! Thirdly, I’d like to give a shout out to my friends! Especially my friend Roger (G-Skot) for always being there for me when it comes to needing someone to talk to. Real friends are rare and you should keep them very close. Roger has never been a sour person to me, he’s loyal and loyalty does not come around often. Last but not least! I’d like to thank my supporters and fans for the love you have shown me for the passed 8 years! You have all been with me on this wild artistic trip of what you all know as ElezD Since 2012, when my alias was ASTRØ. I have seen the same faces around and that is also true loyalty! You have rode for me and shown up to my shows…. sometimes in the most obscure locations. Thank you all for the love! It really means a lot to me.
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