We discovered Jolin Ras back in 2014 at a local Vancouver event spinning some very futuristic ambient house and since then we’ve kept tabs on his progression. It was only until fall 2017 that we reconnected when we saw that he has become an amazing sound producer for videos. He’s made tailored soundtracks for many high profile brands, including the likes of Adidas, Nike, New Era, Arcteryx, NBA, Puma, Jason Markk, just to name a few. His versatile understanding of music and clean cuts makes Jolin an incredible talent that is on his way to music production stardom. Oh, and he also really likes tea.
How did you discover your talent? What got you started?
At a young age I started playing the saxophone and continued throughout my years in music. Over the years, I picked up other instruments and ways of creating music. I think what got me started was being around different kinds of music constantly through my Dad at an early stage in my life. It pushed me to have a passion for music.
What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s your true motivation?
Life itself. The beauty of what life represents, the connection we have to a greater source, conscious or subconsciously.
If you could have tea with an idol or figure, who would it be? Why?
Sun Ra or John Coltrane. They are my musical mentors through music. They both are spiritually connected with music, and I would love to gain more of their insight of life and this universe, rather than reading through books.
So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration?
Just being able to live, and support my family through my greatest passion is my greatest achievement.
In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 years?
I want to be composing music for films/tv. I currently create a lot of music for visuals, but I am working towards my next step of living out my dreams of creating music for film.
Define your idea of ‘living with wizdom’ in the modern world. What is timeless about it?
It lets you live with an open heart. Not being ignorant to what’s in front of you, and allows you to see the bigger picture in life.
What’s your favourite flavor of Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf tea? How do you steep or consume it?
Rise and grind, brother! Where can our audience find out more about you?