How long have you been doing this?
A really long time. Since I was 5 years old. I started on the piano, then moved onto voice. I was a choirboy from the ages of 6-13. I've sung for the Pope. Twice. I started DJing when I was 12 years old, and started producing with my friend Joe Swenson when we were 15. Where are you from? Los Angeles, California. Born and raised. I'm an endangered species. Who is Jay-R.D.? I am. 'JRD' are my initials. Jason Ramirez Domantay. Though I'm retired now, I'm also known as DJ NITELIFE when I'm behind the turntables. What else besides music are you in to? Skateboarding, writing, interior design, the Grand Canyon, New York City, Paris, photography. Clothes. Video games. Everything Saint Laurent. What is your greatest fear? That I am not making the most of every single moment. Also, having to use the bathroom while I'm in the middle of doing something extremely important. Which historical figure, real or fictional, do you most identify with? Vincent Van Gogh, Jack Kerouac, Holden Caulfield. Who is your favorite composer? Palestrina. Can you sing tenor? Yes, but I'm actually a baritone. Favorite photographer? Hmm...as of this moment, Saul Leiter. Which living person do you most admire? My kids! I want to be just like them when I grow up! What is your greatest extravagance? SOLITUDE! What is your favorite journey? Interstate 40 on the way to the Grand Canyon. Where do you want to go right now? Paris, with a stopover in London. What is overrated? Social media. Approval from strangers. Followers and Likes. The music industry. What is your favorite record? 'Synchronicity' by The Police. Favorite Singer? Chet Baker. What equipment do you use? Barefoot Footprint 01 monitors, Apogee Quartet, AKG C414 microphone, Shure SM-57, Prophet REV2, Prophet 6, Moog Subsequent 37, Les Paul Special II, Digitakt, Strymon Timeline, Maschine, Logic, Ableton. Also Soundtoys, Fabfilter and Valhalla plugins. You have 30 seconds to get dressed in the morning-what are you putting on? APC or Rag and Bone jeans, dark t-shirt, Marc Jacobs denim jacket, Vans or HUF shoes, Saint Laurent sunglasses and leather tote. Which talent would you most like to have? Skateboarding. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? To stop tripping. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Aside from my kids, I feel like I've achieved true happiness in making and performing music for as long as I have. When are you happiest? Hearing my kids laugh; skateboarding. What is your motto? YOU ARE HERE.