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AN INTERVIEW WITH JAY MARQUEZ

Jay has worked with the company for the last 2 years and is currently the Tournant Chef for LC’s Toronto locations. Jay talks about the areas of Toronto that inspire him most, how he began his career and what he’s been cookin’ at home.

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When did you first start making music and what do you remember most about that time?

I remember being young, around 5 years old and my mom putting me in classes for the saxophone. Growing up, I played different instruments like the cello and the keyboard, which was cool, so that’s my first vivid memory of me starting off with music.

That passion that chefs have and the time they put into creating an experience for their guests is what I want to emulate when I create mixes and music.

Are there any specific areas of Toronto that you hang out in to get inspiration?

Honestly, Raptors games. One of my favourite DJs ever 4korners is the official DJ for the Raptors and seeing him do his thing makes me want to do better for myself as a DJ and take my career to another level.

Who’s your audience when you’re making music (ie. Who are you creating for?)

When making mixes I do my thing for everyone, try to hit the oldies and the new generation in order to catch the attention of a lot of people. Depending on the venue I play at, the music sets the vibe for the room to make everything enjoyable.

Is there anything you’re working on right now that you can tell us about? Do you have a favourite track out of the ones you’ve featured on Soundcloud?

One of the biggest things in my career is getting penned to be the official DJ for Langston Francis which has taken me places that I have never thought I would be, in this industry. One of my favourite mixes on Soundcloud is my “all day fit” mix which was made for All Day Fit, a boot camp and workout company based out of Toronto. It really took me out of my comfort zone and helped me explore a broader sense of music outside of hip hop.

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How do your love for food and music intersect if at all, and do you have a favourite dish you like making at home?  

I love food, everyone loves food. That passion that chefs have and the time they put into creating an experience for their guests is what I want to emulate when I create mixes and music. Being at La Carnita helped me out a long way because it brought my two favourite things together, food and hip hop. You can never go wrong with those two.

What are your hopes for your career in music in the next 3-5 years (in a nutshell)?

In the next 3-5 years, California. I love the aesthetic of California and being a musician and a DJ, Cali is definitely the mission. The center of the entertainment world.

I would also love to be a DJ for one of Toronto’s teams. I know the Raptors, Leafs and Jays have their established DJs but I would love to DJ for Toronto FC or even the Argos. That would be cool.

Lastly, with Langston, I see us going on a world tour, something like a couple of months away from Canada and just doing our thing.

I have a lot of goals and it only takes patience to make them come alive so hopefully I can reach that.