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Daily Inspiration: Meet Terry Jasinto

Today we’d like to introduce you to Terry Jasinto .

Hi Terry, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
As much as I’ve always deeply loved music, I never had a real opportunity or the discipline to study or make music when I was younger like I do today. However, the thing I enjoyed most about my experiences with music when I was young was sharing it with my friends. A few kids in my neighborhood routinely came together in our backyards with our boom boxes to listen to the newest music. We were very competitive with each other, always trying to see who had the best taste in music and who could find the coolest music. Eventually, when dual cassette tape players became accessible (this is a clue as to how old I actually am), that’s when we started making mix tapes. We would then compete to see who could make the best mix tapes with the most smooth and creative transitions. I started doing this as early as 8 years old so now as an adult, being a DJ feels very natural to me, and I enjoy it no matter what situation I’m in because so many aspects of DJing brings me back to my childhood. Today, I’m even more obsessed with finding the best music, and I strive to mix and present the music to others as humanly perfect as possible.

I eventually became a DJ in the mid 1990’s while living in Seattle. I threw events, promoted clubs, was a resident DJ at some of the city’s most popular clubs and hot spots. I also travelled around the West Coast regularly to play gigs. I moved to Miami for a few years and actually took a break from DJing for several years to raise a family. I eventually made it to San Diego about 10 years ago and started to play again in 2015. Today, I’m proud to say that I’m a resident DJ and deeply involved with two legacy brands of our music community in San Diego, Dance Klassique and Enter The Tech (where I also serve as the company’s Chief Financial Officer).

Besides DJing, I’m also busy working in the studio producing music, which has yielded 4 top 10 tracks in techno on Traxsource during the past year, including two number 1 tracks. I never imagined that could ever happened, but now I realize anything is possible so long as you work hard doing what you love. Everything else will fall into place if you’re patient.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Like anything that’s rewarding, the road hasn’t been smooth. Having talent alone isn’t enough. Knowing the right people isn’t even enough. You need both those things but you also have to be in the right place at the right time. What I mean by this is you have to create your own opportunities and have an open mind and an open heart to know which opportunities to take when they come your way. A lot of people in this business, who have talent, and who know people stay home waiting for opportunities to come knocking on their door. That doesn’t work anymore. You have to really care about the community that supports you and you have to make the effort to show them you care.

Struggles exist in this business (as in any), however they’re not so challenging if you’re not too attached to a particular outcome pertaining to those struggles. If anything is challenging in this business, it’s managing your own expectations and also the expectations that others have of you.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’ve spent many years refining my sound as a DJ. After 3 years of producing music, I’m now only beginning to refine my sound in this particular venture. I love so many different sub genres of our music, from techno, deep house, house music, and minimal music. However, there is a particular pocket of progressive house music that I’m known for with regards to when people describe my sound (that doesn’t bring you up too high or too low, it just puts you in a trance and sits in the pocket so you can dance longer to it).

With regards to what I’m most proud of, there are a number of gigs or events I could mention. However, I’m most proud of having the opportunity to share my knowledge with people, and see them apply what I’ve shared with them. That’s part of what sets me apart from a lot of other people in this business. I’m a very accessible person who’s willing to help other artists grow. Most people have a perception that I don’t have time for them. However, I do if they’re the type of people who want to apply what they’ve learned.

What matters most to you? Why?
With regards to what matters most about the music I’m involved with, it’s really the community that’s most important to me. As much as I love sharing music, I equally enjoy talking to people and learning about who they are. Everyone has an incredible story to tell. I only wish we had more time during the day/evenings when we’re out and about to hear them all.

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