Jorge Jaramillo: Guns, Girls and God
In Miami, everyone has a gun in their possession at the age of 15, then at 18 it becomes legal to carry one in your car glove compartment with the clip out and at 21 you get your concealed gun permit and you can carry it anywhere you want, except for Government buildings and libraries. The next thing you know, youre carrying a gun around with you constantly like youre in the Wild West. Ive always owned a gun and I love them; theyre really nice.
Chatting down the line from his Florida home, Subliminal Records rising star Jorge Jaramillo admits hes as passionate about guns today as he was growing up in Miami in the 80s, though hes changed his mind about needing to be permanently armed.
It was really silly and unnecessary, because I was living in a hippy community and my school was predominantly full of Jewish white kids: it was one of those stupid things kids do, and I now know that theres no need to carry guns around. If youre in a shady environment, maybe, but where I live today is all farms.
As well as remaining an unashamed gun nut (his current weapon of choice is a 9mm Sig Saeur 228 pistol) hes also a fully fledged born again Christian who believes apocalypse is imminent, though while he waits for the coming Rapture, continues to occupy himself as a DJ and producer. Hes also just completed his first mix compilation for Erick Morillos Subliminal Records (Winter Sessions Volume 111) an album thats been inspired (somewhat surprisingly given his faith) by his other main passion: women.
The biggest issue doing the mix was finding music that would cater more for women; thats my whole thing, he explains.
Ive studied what women like as Ive been performing and whereas other DJs might concentrate on their performance Ive been concentrating on what pushes womens buttons, he admits, And Ive understood its just about vocals- they love vocals, cute vocals.
The resulting compilation is unsurprisingly filled with vocal funky house flavoured cuts from the likes or Morillo, Jorge and others, veering towards electro tinged house cuts from Anthony Rother and Freeform 5 which he expects will go down well in Russia, he predicts.
Believe or not my best performances and best crowds have been out in Russia, oddly enough, says Jorge.
I played in a club called Fabrique in Moscow recently and all the women were clustered at the front, passing me tissues because I was sweating and batting their eyelashes at me, because they couldnt believe a lot of the music I was playing. DJs go out there with the perception that Russians like hard music, but its really not true. I went out there and played the Subliminal sound, the funky house with the big build-ups, and had them going crazy.
However, despite appreciating the Russian ladies lashes, his first love remains his highest calling in life and it always wins out; namely his faith.
Ill definitely admit that when youre trying to lead your life through Jesus Christ and youre in those clubs, its very tempting, I will tell you that, but nothing ever happens, he insists.
Because Ive stopped drinking, Ive stopped smoking, Im married and I wont cheat on my wife. I just see it as flirting.
Skrufff (Jonty Skrufff):Youre playing the Space Miami party at the upcoming Winter Conference, how big a deal is that event for you?
Jorge Jaramillo: Each year it becomes a bigger deal. I grew up in Miami and we used to watch the guys from New York and around the world coming out, when I say we I mean me and my friends. At the time we were waiting to take on the girls that came to Miami on vacation, so we didnt care about the music at all, but now that Im older and married and settled down, its all about the music. Each winter conference I get prepared for it, by having a song or two for Erick (Morillo) to play during his sets and for the Subliminal guy to go out and get some licensing deals and it becomes more of a business event thats important for my life in financial terms and for job security. When Im asked to play at Space I know that if I play there and give it my best Ill get four or five high profile gigs from there, because a lot of the worldwide club owners and promoters are there.
Skrufff: When youre doing a key gig like that, what sort of extra preparation are you doing?
Jorge Jaramillo: For all my gigs I do the same preparation, whether its for a small crowd or an important gig only because at the beginning of my career, when I was Who Da Funk I would mainly play for myself, I had no idea that you had to play for the people that paid. I thought a DJ would go there and play what he plays and if the people liked it they did, and if they didnt, whatever, but as I watched Erick in Pacha I realised that he would play for the people, ie he would read the crowd. The way that he manipulated a crowd really stuck in my head so I realised its important to prepare the same for any gig. Every week I spend two or three days preparing, generally, working out different sets, such as an extremely happy set and another than starts happy then ends up dark. For the WMC I know I have to play new stuff but not music thats too experimental, especially for people who want to hear Subliminal DJs.
Skrufff: When you grew up in Miami, what sort of environment did you live in?
Jorge Jaramillo: I lived in a small town by North Miami Beach about a 25 minute drive from Miami. It was a hippy environment and Id walk into my friends homes when we were eight or nine and their parents would be smoking pot, sitting naked on the couch; that was normal for us back in the 70s. I thought it was funny. One time I went to my friends house and discovered his Mom cutting the grass naked, butt naked. It was crazy, Theres be these fish bowl jars filled with Qualludes and Id be like whats that and my friends would be like thats a Quallude, my momma takes them. My parents were totally not hippies, thats just where they bought a home. It was fun, I would never change my childhood.
Skrufff: David Morales got shot growing up in Brooklyn and Hector Romero chatted to us recently about seeing someone shot in the head in the Bronx, was there much of a gang culture in Miami where you grew up?
Jorge Jaramillo: Miami has a big gang culture and I was stuck in it a bit, not because I was in a gang but a lot my friends were. When wed go out to the clubs wed hang out with the gang members, we wouldnt be part of what they were doing but wed be with them. When youre a teenager you dont really realise the risks youre taking just by being around those people and looking back, I think hanging around with them took a lot from my life; a lot of productivity. I could have been studying, hitting the books and seriously getting into the music but instead Id be driving around with these clowns.
Skrufff: When you were hanging out with gangbangers did you have any one shoot at you?
Jorge Jaramillo: There werent many shoot-outs in our area at that time, you know that cliché where old folk will say in my day it was fists, well thats how it was, mainly. We had the guns but we were either too chicken or too smart to pull them out and actually start shooting at people. Seven or eight years later, after Id moved to Jersey, I went back and ran into some of my old friends and they told me about two or three of the guys, not friends, but acquaintances, who had been shot so it obviously escalated.
Skrufff: Your biog concludes by saying Read Matthew 24 and prepare for Jesus Christ; are you evangelical, do you have an apocalyptic vision of the future?
Jorge Jaramillo: Absolutely, man, I believe that Im still alive because of Jesus Christ, Im still alive because I pray to God. Ive been through some stupid stuff in my past, not like the Bloods and the Crips but stupid situations where my life was in danger, but Im still here and Im blessed and Im gifted. I found salvation some time ago and God has helped me to balance my life out.
I always watch this gentleman by the name of Dr Jack Van Impe on TV and he preaches the second coming of Christ which is in the bible, in Revelations in Matthew Chapter 24 and he preaches to be prepared for His return and to watch for the signs. The one that really got me was the sign of the European Union. Soon it will be the super-power of the world and out of the European Union will come the anti-christ that will proclaim himself as God. Theyre going to try and unify the worlds religions to make one world religion and right now what were seeing is that in the last days, and Jesus said this himself, that his name will be mocked and many believers will stray away from the faith and will themselves ridicule Jesus.
Skrufff: Whos ridiculing Jesus?
Jorge Jaramillo: We see it with the Da Vinci Code; Tom Hanks is starring in the movie version and basically theyre making Jesus look like a regular person that came down to Earth, had sex and had kids, its crazy. Its all in the Bible: many will come against me, there will be false prophets deceiving millions. It also says in the Bible that nations will come against Israel and will want to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth and today you have this ruler in Iran saying this is what were going to do that shows were definitely in the last days. Im not talking two or three days exactly but soon.
Skrufff: Are you looking forward to the Tribulation?
Jorge Jaramillo: I wont be around, because we get Raptured. Its only the people that get left behind that go through the seven year Tribulation. One thing thats going to happen is that there will be a peace treaty where Israel will be left alone but its all a hoax, its all bogus. Because three and a half years after that Russia will come against Israel and then China will. Theres a lot of stuff to look out for.
Skrufff: Are you actively preparing for end time?
Jorge Jaramillo: What I do is pray and ask for forgiveness and I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour and I tell him that I want to be with him- thats what I do.
Skrufff: Did you go through a crisis or revelation that made you start thinking like this?
Jorge Jaramillo: You definitely have to go through something to find Jesus.
Skrufff: What was it for you?
Jorge Jaramillo: Just being stupid, doing drugs, hanging out with gangs, getting into trouble, not listening to my parents, being rebellious. Then one day you find yourself alone with those people that you thought were friends, but they move on or use you, whatever. After youve done all your dirt you end up coming back to your family, well I came running back to my family and I came running back to God because at that time one of my friends mothers was preaching, I sat down and what she said sunk in, and I went to Church and I got saved.
What makes it really difficult is that were in this world and this world is governed by Satan, its very easy to fall back to your old ways. I cant tell you how many times Ive sinned, how many times Ive come back to the world and forgotten God, but hes always there for you. Even recently, like two months ago, I got saved again, I was watching Dr Van Impe on the television again and he reminded me of the relationship I needed with Jesus Christ. Its always been there but Ive always left the faith to go back into the world to do the drinking and the smoking, whatever. Then two months ago I was looking around about everything in my career and I thought I cant keep forgetting God.
Winter Sessions Volume 111 mixed by Jorge Jaramillo is out shortly on Subliminal Records.
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