Thieves Target Local DJ Aimed At Helping Kids
by Shannon Royster
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A local DJ, who created a program that teaches kids about music, dance and leadership, has experienced a set-back after his car was burglarized.
DJ Jas Taylor has a passion for music and the gift of teaching others the art of dance.
"It really makes me feel like I'm making an impact," he said. "You really are making a difference."
He and a friend created iJam two years ago.
"We would all just turn the music up and he would dj while I'm still dancing," said DJ Jas. "We would vibe off each other, and the kids would have a good time."
It was an after-school music program taught at area non-profit agencies. The program allowed him to work with kids of all ages like Valerie Zavala free of charge.
"He ended up being my dance teacher and my mentor," she said. "He has made a big impact and I wouldn't be where I am if it wasn't for him."
Back in October, his life was turned upside down when thieves busted out his car windows stealing his livelihood and his ability to help.
"I was really angry and then confused, said DJ Jas.
His wireless mic and two big 12-hundred watt speakers were stolen, totaling two thousand dollars.
"I still have my two turn tables because that was in the trunk, but clearly everything you need to make sound is gone," said DJ Jas.
A DJ with no equipment is a DJ unemployed. The loss forced him to find another job working as a part time rec leader at a community center. He still works with kids but not nearly as many as before.
"I do have a mini speaker so when I'm at the community center any kids I know in this area come up here and we'll do what we can," said DJ Jas.
He said he hopes one day he'll be able to replace his equipment and get back to giving back.
DJ Jas did report the theft to police and he even saw the thieves as they were taking off. Unfortunately, he was unable to get their license plate number and his equipment still hasn't been recovered.