Jason Adams DJ J Rocca
Jason Adams A.K.A. DJ J Rocca was born to parents Jerome Michael Adams A.K.A. Sarge and Irma Finlay on May 10th, 1978 in Harlem, NY. Raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jason was surrounded by several musical influences, like his Grandmother Jane Hines (from Trinidad), listening to her favorite calypso artist such as the legendary “ Mighty Sparrow.” He gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from his father, a singer and DJ and then his Mother, who was and still is a classic R & B, soul, and Jazz lover. Up to this day she still has crates of old school Hip Hop, R&B, and Jazz records at her home. He remembers waking up to the classic sounds of the Whispers, Stylistics, and Commodores just to name a few.
In his early ages, Jason loved to sing. His mother sent him to a college prep private boarding school in Pennsylvania to get a better education from 7th thru 12th grade. He recalls that his mother did not want him growing up in the streets of Brooklyn, “She wanted me to have the best opportunity to succeed in life”, said Jason. There, he studied musical theory, played the drums in his high school Jazz Band, and sang in the school choir. During his school breaks, when he went back to Brooklyn, he participated in local talent competitions. He also wrote songs as a hobby.
After graduating from boarding school, he returned to Brooklyn, where he frequently attended parties held at some of Brooklyn’s popular venues that piqued his interest into the party scene. Some of the well known places he attend at that time were, Tilden Hall, Soca Arena, and Caribbean City, just to name a few. Most of his friends were of Caribbean descent; so soca and reggae were some of his biggest influences in him then and now. In 2001, Jason Moved to the DC, MD, VA area which he did party promotions…. But music was in his blood……….
In 2004, as a hobby, Jason started to deejay with the genre of Hip Hop, R&B and later came Soca and Reggae. He went on to make connections in DC with DJ’s like Super Slice and Bajiman from Shiloh intl. He played at Crossroads nightclub in DC and a lot of private parties. A few years down the road around 2008, Rocca met Freeze thru his good friend Bajiman and instantly formed a brother hood, “He did my first logo”. Under Freeze International, Rocca (as most people call him) learned a lot about the dj business, as well as, honed his skills while working with Freeze. Rocca credits a lot of where he his now to the tutelage of what Freeze showed him in this business. About the name J Rocca, the name was given to him by some of his friends. As they would say, when he get in hiszone, He ROCKS the crowd.
In 2011, Rocca made the move South to Orlando, FL. Being in Orlando, he has played at numerous events, as well as, in Tampa and Miami. Rocca has also played along side Kemis D’ Mixologist on QZ Radio and had a weekly spot on Firemix Radio, which was also based in Orlando. Being in Orlando, he started working with The Mad Man Smallie, he stated, “It was a while before Smallie would work with me…”I would always ask him when he was gonna put me on a party” whenever I saw him. One day while I was playing at The Hut in Orlando, Smallie walked up in the middle of my set stopped the music and said “hands down I was one of the best soca dj’s in Orlando”. While in Orlando, he became one of the more well-known and respected DJs in town and was a staple in the Caribbean scene. In 2016, that was recognized as he was awarded the Don’s Award for Best Soca DJ in Orlando. With the move to Orlando he was also able to make connections in South Florida for Miami/ Broward one Carnival where he had the opportunity to play with Fusion Mas band in 2013 and Island Gems in 2015 for both J’ouvert and mas. Rocca is currently one of the main DJ’s for Island Gems whom is also his management.
He took a leap of faith mid 2016 and moved further South to Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he currently resides. He has traveled to carnivals outside the USA to Trinidad and Bahamas Carnival where he currently is one of the DJs for “Mud Players” (Trinidad J’ouvert) and “Fusion Mas’ (Bahamas). Currently you can listen to DJ J Rocca on Saturday nights 6pm- 8pm (SNS) on TeamSoca.com.