Hailing from a quiet town in Connecticut, Ras J grew up listening to classic rock. But strangely enough, he did have a Jamaican family living up the street from him & was exposed to reggae and Rastafarian culture at a young age. He played records during lunch time for the high school 'radio' station and even hosted a local access music video program in 1986. Eventually making his radio debut as ‘DJ Ras J’ on WECS in 1989, his groundbreaking show mixed reggae, psychedelic rock, in-studio dub and live freestyle mixes. He opened for the Wailers while still in college in 1992 & later moved to NYC after graduating as an intern at Cold Chillin’ Records. Over the next few years, he went on to promote artists like Buju Banton, Born Jamericnas, Damian Marley & the Wu Tang Clan. He also worked for Wild Apache & as a roadie for dancehall legend Super Cat.
As a promoter, he hosted parties at such legendary nightspots as Webster Hall, the Limelight and Studio 54. DJ Ras J & Tommy B also co-hosted the 'Bambu Nation' parties with DJ Mighty Mi at the 205 Club and Anarchy Cafe. Ras J also promoted one of the first big jungle parties in the US called NYC Jungle, which was featured in Urb magazine. He currently hosts a monthly roots party called ‘Simmer Down’ in Chapel Hill and is a regular performer at the legendary Cat's Cradle in Carrboro and Lincoln Theater in Raleigh, as well as the We're Bringing It Back park concert series in Durham. Spinning 100% vinyl, DJ Ras J continues to promote his love of reggae music and its positive messages, paying tribute to the foundation and reaching out to the masses with a conscious message of peace, love & unity.