From Ge­orge Street to tour­ing the coun­try

Car­bon­ear’s Ja­son O’Grady hits the road with Neon Dreams

The Compass - - News - BY BETH PENNEY Beth.penney@thetele­gram.com

HAL­I­FAX, NS — Ja­son O’Grady, a.k.a DJJO started his ca­reer like many DJ’s in the city, by play­ing on Ge­orge Street.

Af­ter five years of build­ing a fan base around the province, he de­cided it was time to make a move.

“I de­cided I wanted to start new and move to Hal­i­fax,” said O’Grady.

That’s when he started spend­ing some time with the mem­bers of Neon Dreams.

“I have toured with the guys once be­fore, so we knew each other,” he said. “But once I started play­ing with them on a reg­u­lar ba­sis we re­al­ized we worked well to­gether.”

They’ve been hard at work ever since.

“We’ve pretty much been on tour since March,” laughed O’Grady. “I love go­ing on tour with the guys, I’ve learned so much about pro­duc­ing, deal­ing with la­bels and even song­writ­ing.”

On their new EP “Wolf, Princess & Me” O’Grady co-wrote two songs.

The band even got the op­por­tu­nity to meet the Prime Min­is­ter over the sum­mer when Justin Trudeau added the song “Con­fes­sions” which fea­tures Neon Dreams, to his sum­mer playlist which he re­leased on so­cial me­dia.

Just a cou­ple of weeks ago Neon Dreams was nom­i­nated for an award through Mu­sic Nova Sco­tia, for En­ter­tainer of the Year.

“We’re all from the East Coast,” he said. “I find any­thing that comes from the East Coast the en­tire coast sup­ports it.”

In 2018, Neon Dreams will be on tour with Hed­ley for 32 dates.

“This is huge for us,” said O’Grady. “Hed­ley is pretty much the epit­ome of Cana­dian rock/pop.”

Be­fore he started DJing, O’Grady was in school tak­ing ar­chi­tec­tural sci­ence but he says he doesn’t think he will ever pur­sue that path.

“If I were ever to go back to school now, I would do some­thing like mu­sic pro­duc­tion, or mu­sic busi­ness,” he said. “Re­gard­less of where my life takes me my fo­cus will al­ways be mu­sic.”

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(From left) Matt Gats, Adrian Mor­ris, Frank Kadil­lac and Ja­son O’Grady of Neon Dreams, play­ing at the Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tion in On­tario.

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Af­ter cut­ting his per­for­mance teeth as a DJ, Ja­son O’Grady of Car­bon­ear now tours and per­forms with the band Neon Dreams.

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