Who is Jay Light?
Jay Light (formerly known as Music Bear Tony Banks) is a Toronto based, New Yorker who has found musical freedom in the dance music world. The self-accepted, full-grown bear’s sound infuses melodic, electronic and dance grooves with Hip-Hop flows and R&B stylings, creating his unique style that weaves its way through many genres.
Jay Light was formerly considered to be solely a gay emcee. To serve his artistry, he needed to break away from the established cultural embellishments that have become a part of the gay rap scene. JL has a matured vision of his personal and artistic evolution in both the fashion and music worlds. No longer does he feel creatively stifled or the necessity to be any less than his true, authentic self.
Jay Light cites Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Elderbrook, Azealia Banks, and Hercules & Love Affair as just some of his influences. This comes as no surprise as he states, “I fell in love with house music at a young age and have always been inspired by the mixture of sounds and creativity in all its forms. House music, which paved the way for electronic dance music, was created by queer people of colour for the enjoyment of all. I want to make sure the dance music community remembers, respects and embraces it’s history.”
Look out for Jay Light’s first EP Full Grown Bear, 2020 tour….and beyond.