SHUT DOWNNNNN!!!! We have another New Kid On The Block and his name is Jasani Jacobs! Jasani Jacobs is an urban DJ, born and raised in Guyana. The Guyanese native brought his caribbean culture and many talents with him all the way from Guyana to Brooklyn, NY.
Let me introduce you to the ShutdownBoyz!
After experimenting with his many talents, Jacobs found himself in love with the night life. With lots of hard work and continuous networking, Jasani eventually became business partners with his cousin Sponge, and his two long time friends, Teddy and Levar, thus creating the ShutdownBoyz. The ShutdownBoyz are made up of four members, Teddy Write, Levar McDonald, Sponge the Jawn and Jasani Jacobs. Teddy and Levar are known for their people skills, which placed them as the group’s event hosts. Jasani and Sponge, happened to be talented on the tables and mixers, making them the group’s DJs.
The ShutdownBoyz are known for their dope events, which usually end up being heavily populated, and many times, shut down by police (Hence…Shut-Down-Boyz). Despite their events being packed and/or getting shut down, their party goers ALWAYS have the time of their lives. Many times, the ShutdownBoyz set back up plans just incase their event does get shutdown, so the party isn’t REALLY over, until well….. it’s actually over.
The squad’s next event is in NYC for this Fourth of July weekend. “NO MORE FAVORS pt2” will be held on Sunday, July 3rd at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan (Address: 431 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011).
Even with events rapidly approaching, the ShutdownBoyz are working on bringing a new website along with new merchandise to the public. Their first product release were dad hats that read, “If you’re reading this, it got shutdown,” which have been spotted all through out New York City. Some familiar faces like Lil Yatchy and Lil Uzi Vert’s (current ex) girlfriend Brittany were spotted in ShutdownBoyz gear.
I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Jasani Jacobs. Here are a few of his responses from our Q&A:
Who is Jasani Jacobs?
“Who is Jasani Jacobs? I’m someone who wants to go out with a bang! As introverted as I can be, I always try to make an impression on someone or something, wherever I go.
I’m currently involved in the Culinary Arts, and on the weekends, I throw REALLY cool events with my ShutdownFam.”
Where are you from and what are you about?
“I’m from Guyana (South America). I grew up in Georgetown, attended private school for the beginning of my academic career… graduated, and went to one of the top 4 high schools in the country before moving to NYC in 2007.
I like having a good time, bending the rules (in hopes of not getting caught), and exploring other people’s culture and unique way of life. Even when I was younger, I’ve always had older friends, and people that came from different walks of life, which gave me a lot of game from young.”
How did you get into the DJ industry?
“I started DJing back in High School. I was using virtual DJ and some other sh*t called OTS Turntables that I downloaded for free. I ain’t even own my own laptop back then, I think I borrowed one from my school, and when it stopped working, I used my friend’s laptop.
I used to to go Erasmus in Flatbush, which to me, is one of the best neighborhoods in Brooklyn. It made me feel close to home because of it’s heavy Caribbean influence. DJing at the school dance was where I had my first real audience. IT WAS SO LIT!! At that time, a lot of good dancehall music was making it’s way across the American airwaves.”
What’s your favorite thing about what you do?
“I love those special moments when I play the “right song” at the “right time” and the crowd goes wild.
I play multiple genres. I don’t restrict myself to being a “hip-hop” or “reggae” dj. I take pride in exploring with genres that other people probably wouldn’t put on a party mix… and blending them with songs that gets the people going. For example, I do this Coldplay/Lil Uzi mash-up live, and I’ve been noticing that people have been fu*king with that and my similar mash-ups.”
If you could collab with anyone at all….who would it be and why?
“I don’t have an ideal person at the moment. I feel like the more I develop as a dj and the more popular I get, opportunities will present themselves. I’m excited for that.”
What are your career goals and where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
“My short term goal is for me to be able to stop working a 9-5 by the end of this year. I have a DJ residency every Friday Night in Chinatown at Pulqueria. I’m always hustling and looking for more opportunities similar to that. Maybe in 10 years, I’ll have my own residency in Vegas. I want to save up a bunch of money to invest into the nightlife and culture for the youth.
It’s an uphill battle to host an event in New York due to gentrification and police. In 10 Years, I hope to have the power to be able to change that and make things easier for those coming after me.. In ten years I’ll be 33, that’s a good goal to set I think.”
What was your greatest experience as a DJ to date?
“Ahhhhhhhhh, CROWDSURFING!!!!! I love that sh*t…that and getting respect from dudes that have a lot of experience in the business. I appreciate them giving me advice and showing me love.”
What advice would you give to people who look up to you or aspire to become a DJ?
“Hmmm… practice! Use all of your free time to search for music that speaks to you. That’s what makes your sets unique. Try to get into producing if you can, I’m slowly getting there. Learn to throw your own events. Too many people bitch that no one is booking them, but you have to go out and get it on your own. Build your own crowd!
Try to have a security guard or a scary looking friend to stand next to you at events. It helps to keep you focused so that you don’t have to listen to drunken people asking for silly song requests. And lastly, pray. Give thanks that you have ears and take good care of them.”
I’ve had the pleasure of personally meeting Jasani, and I can say that he is an absolute inspiration. He isn’t JUST a DJ, he’s someone who can do anything he puts his mind to. I can see Jasani making it to the top of the DJ industry and having world wide events of his own. Look out for Jasani Jacobs and the ShutdownBoyz!
Huge shout out to the ShutdownBoyz @UpMagTeddy, @SpongeTheJawn, @TheLevarShow and of course @JasaniJacobs ! Keep the events coming and the Dj sets ultra lit!