According to reports on social media New York-based DJ/producer Jason Jinx (real name: Jason Zambito) has passed away. The cause of death is not yet known.
Jason established himself as a mainstay on the NYC rave and club scene in the late ’80s/early ’90s.
Having followed his career since the beginning, and interviewed him on several occasions, what always struck me about his artistry — a versatile blend of new- and old-school sounds — is how easily he could navigate between the worlds of house, techno, drum ‘n’ bass, tribal, breakbeat, hip-hop and industrial music with ease.
His first residency was at the famed NASA party at the Shelter. He went on to play at various Big Apple nightspots including The Tunnel and Limelight.
As a producer/remixer he crafted tracks for a length list of labels including Sm:)e, Maxi, Subliminal, Toolroom Trax, Defected, Strictly Rhythm, Groove On, Moody, Subversive, Ovum, and King Street.
Under the moniker Joystick, Jinx has made a lot of noise on the Yoshitoshi label with cuts like “Go Insane,” “Spinnin Around” and the Chelate EP, as well as his remixes of Eddie Amador’s “Rise,” Mysterious People’s “Fly Away” and PQM’s “The Flying Song.”
This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more about Jason’s passing.
Image by Ida Kreutzer
Update, March 10 – 9pm EST: A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Jason’s family pay for funeral arrangements.
Update, March 12 – 7:50 EST: The GoFundMe campaign has topped $18,000.
Dedicated in memory of Jason Jinx, Jason was from the original line-up of STORMrave DJ's going back to 1990 when we first opened up Groove Records in Brooklyn. This track in its original form was known as a STORMrave anthem back in 1991. https://t.co/JyXylvjN3J
— Frankie Bones (@djfrankiebones) March 10, 2019
Rest in peace Jason Jinx.
Thanks for the memories and the parties you played for me and my friends back in the day.https://t.co/OM6RpioCq0
— Allen Nelson (@a_nelsonjr) March 10, 2019
#RIP @jasonjinx What a loss. Very sad.
— Micro NYC (@djmicrony) March 10, 2019
Miss you J. My heart breaks.
I am his sister in law and can sadly confirm he has passed. The outpouring of love and support to our family is greatly appreciated. Our hearts are broken……
Heartbroken over the news! Rest easy Jinx! Your friendship and talent will be forever missed.
R.I.P. Jason. Another gone before his time! Spent many hours listening to your music! You will be missed! P.L.U.R.
RIP Brother. You will be missed
I couldnt believe it when i got the news .. still cant RIP Jason… Rest in Power brother
I’m at a loss for words,