JaBig, The DJ

JaBig is a House Music DJ from Montréal, Canada who gained international recognition from his 500+ DEEP & DOPE DJ mixes which have been streamed for over 7 billion hours on YouTube, SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple Music and Mixcloud.

Consequently, he is constantly commissioned to spin his signature sets in clubs, at festivals and private engagements all over the world.

Jean-Aimé Bigirimana, DJ JaBig, was born in Rwanda but moved to Kenya at a young age where he grew up and in his late teens lived in South Africa before settling in Montréal, Canada in his early twenties where it’s been home ever since.

In his formative years, JaBig attended international schools, outside his own country of origin, where he made friends from different countries and cultures and with it came exposure and a keen interest to music from various parts of the world,

His extensive musical knowledge from such a young age made him the natural choice to be selected as the music curator at birthday parties and school events in Nairobi, Kenya all the way into his university years in Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa.

Upon moving to Canada, JaBig very quickly became a favourite fixture in the local Montréal scene and found himself performing in the most venerable venues and at the hottest events in town. Soon enough, invitations to spin his signature sets started pouring in from other cities across Canada.

Massive international recognition happened thanks to YouTube, the most popular video-sharing website but also the number one music streaming service in the world.

In 2011, JaBig uploaded a back catalogue of his live DJ set recordings and mixed compilations albums from Classical Music, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Zouk, Kizomba and mainly House Music, his most predominant genre. Within six months these DEEP & DOPE DJ mixes had been streamed by music lovers in every single country on the planet and accumulated millions of streams in the process.

Since then, JaBig has travelled to many cities on the planet performing live for his fanbase which mostly discovered his DJ sets on YouTube and he is currently setting for a continuous round-the-world DJ tour to spin live sets in every single country where his fans live, an epic trip that he will undertake by bicycle and by car but that is a whole other story!

Email: jabig@jabig.com or bookings@jabig.com

Listen to JaBig: YouTube, SoundCloud or Mixcloud.

Social Media: Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

JaBig, The Storyteller

After taking up cycling on a whim and becoming an avid cyclist, JaBig decided to explore the different landscapes across Canada, coast to coast to coast, on two wheels.

In 2016, he set out to ride across Canada to its frozen Arctic Ocean coast and to add an extra challenge to his already never-before-done adventure, the inexperienced Montréal DJ set to break the Guinness World Record for “The Longest journey by bicycle in a single country” on a fixed gear bicycle (fixie).

His epic 15-month, 17 000 km journey is chronicled in the short film Escape directed by Anjali Nayar (Silas, Gun Runners) and presented by MEC, Canada’s largest outdoor gear retailer.

Escape directed by Anjali Nayar featuring Jean-AImé Bigirimana a.k.a DJ JaBig and presented by MEC

Released in early 2018, Escape went on to become a festival favourite becoming a hit in over 40 festivals around the world such as Trento Film Festival in Trento, Italy – the oldest international film festival dedicated to the mountains, adventure and exploration, Mountainfilm – one of America’s longest-running film festivals or Banff, Canada’s leading outdoor film festival.

“An adventure to escape expectations and in the process exceeding them.” –Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, ‘Creative Consultant’.

After its festival success that won it multiple awards mainly as audiences favourite, the 8-minute short film documentary is currently on tour worldwide and to date has been screened in all over Canada, USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Slovakia, Macedonia, Spain, South Korea, Brazil and more.

A select list of awards won by Escape, a film by Anjali Nayar.

Thanks to Escape, JaBig has been in demand around the world lately to appear at screenings to present and discuss the film but also to share stories of resilience, goal-setting & project management, diversity & representation in the outdoor and adventure industries but the public speaking hit topics seem to always be peculiar and inspirational anecdotes collected over the course of 447 days crossing in the second biggest country on the planet in mostly freezing temperatures such as his bicycle theft or near-fatal encounter with bisons.