Meet JAEL: The R&B Artist and DJ You Need to Listen to ASAP

Updated: Sep 14

JAEL, also known as Giovanni Jano, is a 28-year-old Moluccan R&B artist and DJ based in The Netherlands.

Growing up in a musical family, Jano found his affinity for performing at a young age. He followed in his uncle's footsteps, learning to DJ and produce music, and soon began creating his own music.

Jano's music is perfect for fans of Anderson .Paak, Devin Morrison, and Jarreau Vandal. Velvety vocals layered over a groovy rhythm section are a staple in his sound, which combines R&B, soul, and electronic elements. Jano's most recent release, Half as Much, is filled with seamless collaborations and what are sure to be your new favorite songs.

We spoke to JAEL about movies, influences, and new music. Read the full interview and listen to Half as Much below:

Where are you based? What is the music scene like there?

I live in the Hague, which is about 20 minutes from Rotterdam (an hour away from Amsterdam). I’m in between the cities with the most noise… the music scene is amazing. There’s so much talent in this country. So many artists, DJs, singers-- too many to mention them all. I’m into the DJ scene, and everyone is so supportive of each other; there’s no competition, everyone helps each other out, gives feedback-- it’s amazing.

At what age did you start playing music?

When I was 14 years old, I started DJing and producing. I grew up in a church-going household, so I love to sing as well. I just started making beats and trying things out; eventually I decided to make music my career.

Do you have any mentor figures that you looked up to growing up?

One of my uncles is a DJ, and I always saw him playing at weddings, parties, and even on T.V. That was really inspiring, and I wanted to be like him. He goes by DJ Rob Manga and he’s a really well-known DJ here… he’s an OG. On my mother’s side, everyone sings or plays instruments, so I just sort of grew up in a musical environment.