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Ivan Paredes, aka Jahnywallz, is a Los Angeles-based singer songwriter and producer. J.Wallz recently released his “Life Lessons” mixtape featuring all original content and collaborations with George “Funky” Brown of the legendary R&B group Kool and The Gang, Boss Yung, King Darius, George Ortiz from the Poncho Sanchez Orchestra, and LA musician Gio Vedurzco.
Over the past several years, Jahny Wallz has held a myriad of other positions in the entertainment arena as well as successfully heading his own music production company, Jahny Wallz Productions. He has worked production for Telemundo, in the strategic marketing department at Sony BMG, as a percussionist for Graciela Beltran, Sound Reinforcement with the prestigious Garibay Brothers Sound, and as a talent scout / producer at Pig Sound Studios.
The ambitious musician recently engineered and co-produced Yo! Sounds’ compilation album alongside one of his highly regarded mentors, George “Funky” Brown of Kool and the gang In addition to performing at various popular venues throughout Los Angeles and up the West Coast, Jahnywallz is very passionate about giving back to the youth through the art of music. In 2009, he implemented a digital composition music program at the Youth Opportunity Movement in Boyle Heights, which he taught to students up until 2010. In 2010, he produced a song called “Come Back To Me” for the East LA-based Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest gang prevention program. The track was included in the Homeboy Industries fundraiser compilation album entitled “Just Like That,” which featured some of the organization’s talented artists. www.jwp08.com
Jahnywallz was born in Mexicali, B.C. Mexico. At age five, J.Wallz’ vividly remembers his mother fleeing across the border in the middle of the night to Los Angeles with him and his 4 older brothers. Although very young, he understood that his family was seeking refuge from his abusive father and for the sake of more opportunity. Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, he and his family moved to Washington State, where his brothers adapted to gang-life to cope with the blatant racism they faced daily.
Jahny Wallz picked up the art of drumming when he was in diapers. Prior to his mother purchasing their first drum set, he and his siblings would use pots and pans as a substitution. “I used to see my older brother, Juan Francisco, incessantly banging on pots and pans and it rubbed off on me,” says Jahnywallz. “I would hit them with the same passion he did. My mom couldn’t afford to buy us a drum set, so we used what we had.” At the age of 10, in an effort to assist his single mother during tough economic times, Jahnywallz maintained a paper route. Nonetheless, he continued exercising his love for percussion. From the ages of 14 through18, Jahnywallz served as a drummer in a few bands while living in Brawley, CA, located 15 minutes away from the Mexican/American border.
Jahny Wallz is an automotive enthusiast who was heavily influenced by low-rider car culture, and has always possessed a passion for top-notch audio systems. “My older brothers would always ride me around in impalas and Monte Carlos, listening to a mixture of classic Motown hits, the greatness of Bob Marley’s music, Santana, Hip-Hop music, and pop music,” he says. “We also listened to Tex-Mex Conjunto music that my mom played at home regularly as well as afro-caribbean music such as cumbia, boleros, & Salsa.”
Taking heed from his brother’s experiences, Paredes opted for a different path, and went on to attend the California State University, Chico (CSUC) to pursue a career in Recording Arts & Music Industry. There he held a full-time event coordinator position with the university’s concert production company, Associates (AS) Presents (now Big Cat Productions) and maintained active performing in a wide variety of musical ensembles including; Jahnywallz Band, CSUC Gospel Choir, Nefertitis Dozen-Afro Caribbean Drum and Dance Group, Cochino ,(Dub Rock Band) , Chico Jazz, and Los Papi Chulos Salsa band. While working with the Associated Students (AS) Presents as a Concert Coordinator he successfully negotiated and produced shows headlining artists such as Anthony B, Pepper, Ozomatli, Pato Banton, Salvador Santana, Poncho Sanchez, B-Side Players, and Rx Bandits. Many of the artists he built strong ties with over the years he is now collaborating with for his “Life Lessons” project.
Jahnywallz believes music is the universal language and he wants to take his art to the international stage. His mission is to make social change through the art of music while making his own stamp in today’s and tomorrows music industry while collaborating with innovative artist and producers. His new CD “Life Lessons” will serve as a vehicle to begin his run as a world renown artist/producer.