The Freio Music Podcast
Episode 02 - ProJect Aspect
This Episode's Featured artist is ProJect Aspect AKA Jay Jaramillo, a high-energy electronic producer, and guitarist from Colorado. ProJect Aspect is a collaborator and an instrumentalist. He reveals how he is able to play live instruments on stage while synchronizing everything to a computer. Each performance is unique because he is able to mix his instruments and software live on stage. Keep an eye out for this young artist!
This Episode's Featured artist is ProJect Aspect AKA Jay Jaramillo, a high-energy electronic producer, and guitarist from Colorado. ProJect Aspect is a collaborator and an instrumentalist. He reveals how he is able to play live instruments on stage leveraging the power of multiple computers to produce complex and high energy sets with a full band. Jay reveals how he is able to tame the complexity of playing with several musicians with several computers live on stage while leaving room for spontaneity and unique events. The same song will never sound the same and he decodes the mystery behind it all. He discusses how he was able to get started and how is unorthodox education helped him become the creative powerhouse that he is today. Stay tuned!
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Mile High Sound Movement
Full Transcription & Show Notes
Start out by introducing yourself
Thanks for having me, man. It is good to see you. My name is Jay Jaramillo, I go by Project Aspect. I am twenty-nine years old and started playing guitar when I was about ten years old. My dad gave me a guitar with a built-in amplifier on it. Previous to that I had never thought about being a musician or even playing music. He kinda shoved me in that direction and the rest is kinda history. I just kinda picked it up and played by ear. I started joining bands and putting together my own bands. I made t-shirts when I was like 10 years old. That kinda progressed and snowballed into producing music, which is what I got into at the end of HighSchool. After high school, I took it to the next level. Me and my friend, Zach Karuza, aka Kruza Kid, one of my best friends, we went to high school together. We started the mile-high-sound movement which is a collective of artists and promotional record label that we have kind of like grown into what it is today. It is becoming bigger and better. It is developing into what we want it to be. Instead of throwing together random shows, we put time into it and we curate events. We make sure that our friends have a chance to vend their jewelry and their merchandise. We like to bring everything to the table, as much as we can.
A full-service event.
Ya, for sure. So that has kinda been the focus for a while, other than pursuing trying to be a full time touring musician. So that is where we are at now.
Now tell me your vision a little bit more with Mile High Sound Movement… How many artists are involved currently and where do you see it going in the future?
Our roster right now includes about eight artists that we are fully committed to. But it is always open for interpretation. If you are in the Colorado Music scene, don't hesitate to reach out. We are always open. It is an open invitation. We are always down to expand the family. The vision at first was to just kina help hungry musicians who had a product that they are passionate about. Give them a chance to showcase that on a bigger level rather than a local cafe show. When me and my friend Zach were starting out we had so much trouble getting shows. It was such a struggle and we really didn't have that much help. We were doing a lot of show at Herman’s Hideaway on south Broadway because we had a hip-hop band at that point. We wanted to bring something together that helped people.
So how do you choose and what do you look for when you when you're working with the label, just look for professionalism and still 11 thing that you try to find with with anyone that you work with in the music industry. Just professionalism, because there's a lot of shady people out there, and it's it's important to find people that are doing it for the right reasons and people that are in it for the music and are willing to work to help you get your brand out there. So just like being on top of, like dates and, like royalty checks or what have you just like being communicative and just like having communication between the artist and the label is really important?
your music is out there. I can stream you on Spotify on apple music. I can find you on Soundcloud. You're doing a great job getting your music out there. So how did you first of all, decide where to put your music and how to get it out there and we'll start there, man, that's that's a really good question. I mean, basically with music that I've come to the conclusion of. So you just got to get it out there regardless of how you do it, You know, um, whether you're peddling burnt CDs or you know you're putting it on soundcloud or you're doing like a professional label release, like really, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter because it's going to be out there and word of mouth is going to circulate. And so that's what I'm coming to the conclusion of is that if I have music to release, I need to get it out there, regardless of how it how it happens. Um, one of the first sonic blooms that I attended shout out sonic bloom, By the way, that's like my hometown fast e right there. Um, I burnt a bunch of CDs me and Ronnie actually on the middle gravity. We burned a bunch of CDs and we handed them out to people. And to this day, people still come up to me. And this was like eight years ago. To this day, people still come up to me like I have that CD that you gave me a sonic bloom and like, that's crazy to me because it's such early on music that we made and you were there as a fan and I was there as a fan of the non performer, Correct. So So you really just showed up to where the music is, hustled your music and then, you know, give it a few years, the dopest campaign to because we were just We'll just be like, here's you guys like free music and people be like, Yeah, here, take this, you know. And so it was easy to get into People's hands might start doing that again. You know what's amazing to me is, you know, a few years later, if you you know, circles around the sun and you're playing at Sonic Bloom and and that's awesome. So yeah, really came full circle with that one. So, um, that's interesting. But I appreciate you sharing. You know, the hustle and you got to, you know, kind of be guerilla marketing. You know, under it's true. Man just got to kind of think outside the box. And I mean, people have been hustling CDs out of their trunks forever. But, I mean, when you're giving out free music like, it's kind of hard to say no, you know, So that was that was definitely like the early the early hustle.
your music. First of all, how do you balance your time between creating new music, performing your creations and at the same time, you know, hustling for lack of a better term. You know, you got to get the next venue to call you. You got to get on the next bill, got to collaborate with these artists. And not only that, we've got to launch a website. You gotta get your music videos. You gotta get your peril. Uh, so really, how do you balance all those demands? And, you know, do you have a team working with you? Uh, really. It's just it's just kind of deciding what to do next. Just one day at a time. Really? Like we try not to look too far into the future because you only know what's going to happen today, and so we're really steadily game planning. Me and my manager, Chris Bachman and Ronnie Unlimited gravity. Um, we're really just kind of scheming towards what we're going to do next. And we're gonna be releasing a new unlimited aspect album basis, Volume two, uh, which should be coming out in the next few months. So that's going to be the beginning of kind of that route because, you know, me and Ronnie love making music together and we love doing the unlimited aspect thing, so we want to do that as much as possible. But as far as finding balance, man, like I said, it's just like kind of taking on one thing at a time and not overwhelming yourself because we do everything in the house like we don't have. We're not working with an agency right now. We're not working with the management. We're doing everything ourselves and so it makes it that much harder. But at the same time, the reward is that much sweeter. So we're just kind of organically trying to create this snowball in this like tidal wave that eventually it's just going to crash and like going to reach everybody. And it's going to be something special man because we're working. We're working on something unique, and it's going to be something that I hope people are going to be behind for a long time.
I think the funniest thing about collaborating is that you are not limited to your own ideas. So when I collaborate with somebody, it's it's fun because you can. You can take some palette that someone else laid out and manipulate it. You kind of already have, like something, something to work with. When you're doing something by yourself, you have to start from scratch. You know, it's all it's all you and so like, you're kind of limited to that. When you're working with someone else like it, it sparks off so many more light bulbs, you know, like it makes it makes you kind of more, more. It brings more influence to the table. And like, for instance, when I collaborate with unlimited gravity, we feed off each other. We bounce back and forth. Um, we do what we call the hot seat, and that's when we when we're in the when we're in the mode like one of us is going to be producing the other one will be kind of chilling in the background and when we're the one producing like we call that the hot seat and we just go until like we feel like we did something substantial and then, like, switch it out. And you know, eventually we've come up with, like, this orchestration of sound that we would never be able to accomplish on our own. And that's the beautiful thing with collaboration is that you can you can use both minds to create something bigger.