Ryan Jaso

Super Evil Genius Corp

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Ryan Jaso

Working at Cardboard Robot at the age of 21, Ryan Jaso started as an intern and worked his way up through the ranks of Sales Manager to Marketing Director. Towards the end of his tenure at Cardboard Robot, he moved to LA from OC and began promoting shows on the side to bring more brand awareness to Cardboard Robot. Jaso formed Whitelite Productions with his partner Chris White in 2006, where they put on shows at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa (now known as Wayfarer) and brought acts like Steve Aoki, Afrika Bambaataa, Datarock, DMC Champion Klever, and DJ Falcon to their first monthly series of events called “Made You Look.” At the same time, they launched a Sunday party in LA at PLAY, where they brought acts like Miami Horror, Lazaro Casanova, Nosaj Thing, and Classixx to a small 200 capacity room. Shortly thereafter, Jaso left Cardboard Robot to focus solely on a career in the music industry.

In late 2006, Jaso launched Technique Management, a music management company, and signed his partner Chris Alba (Mr. White/Whiiite) as his first client. Technique Management eventually boasted a roster of six dance music artists (MAKJ, PeaceTreaty, Cold Blank, LAZRtag, Whiiite, On Planets, and one singer/ songwriter, Chris James) over the course of twelve years from 2006-2018. While Technique Management began making noise in the dance music industry, Jaso and his partner Chris Alba launched a new dance music-based weekly party at Avalon in Hollywood every Friday in December of 2008 called CONTROL. They soon partnered with Gary Richards of then HARD Presents now Livestyle and Matt Goldman of MFG Productions. Together they began booking the new wave of electronic music that was sweeping the country. CONTROL in LA is now in its 11th year, and is known for having showcasing artists such as Skrillex, Dada Life, Dillon Francis, Valentino Khan, Major Lazer, DJ Snake, Steve Aoki, and more (see quotes and highlights below in Word Doc.) Now having done over 500+ shows, CONTROL has been a staple in the dance music industry since its inauguration.

In 2013, Jaso missed his days in the fashion industry, so he and partnered with friends and opened a store called Lobby in The Lab in Orange County. Lobby ran from 2013-2017, where they eventually decided to shut its doors. They were known for bringing high fashion brands to Orange Country that normally only existed in LA, such as Skingraft, Knomadik, UNIF, Drifter, Chapter, and others.

From 2014-2016, Ryan Jaso was hand picked by Steve Angello to manage Size Records and his underground label “X.” Jaso oversaw and signed records for Don Diablo, Grammy Award Winner Shaun Frank, and Steve Angello’s lead single, “Wasted Love,” from his album. While at SIZE, he oversaw the first release from Ansolo + Tom Staar titled “Totem” (Ansel Elgort’s music project).

By October of 2014, CONTROL expanded into San Francisco with Tommy Trash and Wax Motif, headlining the first Thursday of the new weekly at Ruby Skye. They partnered with CLCTV in SF (now apart of Livestyle) from 2014-2017. Then, Ruby Skye closed its doors and CONTROL briefly moved to DNA Lounge in San Francisco where Whitelite Productions partnered with Vital Events, and they eventually ended the party in late 2017.

In early 2016 Jaso joined forces with ATC Management for the year where he collaborated on numerous projects. In 2017, Ryan launched Control Forever, a multimedia channel and podcast network. Soon after, Control Forever acquired Super Evil Genius Corp, a digital marketing and creative agency www.superevilgeniuscorp.com. Super Evil Genius Corp is now a pioneer in the creative agency space for a new age. In 2018, Ryan Jaso and his co-hosts, Seb Webber, Mike Catherwood and Cheyne Gilmore launched a podcast called Neon Black where they dissect pop culture and the inner workings of the music industry.

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Testimonials

I feel fortunate to have been part of the first-ever WMC. Over the 35 years, it has grown to give us an international forum where we exchange music and ideas. As an attendee and host of many of the award shows, I am proud each time I see new young talent emerge and then become world-renowned. We all have so many Winter Music Conference moments of hearing a seminal breakthrough record for the first time as well as a new DJ with star quality. Magical moments in my career.


Daniel Glass

Glassnote Records

Having only missed the very first year of WMC in 1985, it was 1986-1990 that initially placed me on the map globally due to the international attendance of the entire dance music community. All throughout the 90s I was often getting written about by various high profile mags and websites for having contributed to help break many artists, DJs, producers and remixers. WMC enabled me to bring many top industry people together all under one roof, especially at Groove Jet, where house music officially met Techno in my sets and it’s all been uphill since…TBC


Danny Tenaglia

DJ, Producer

I’m so glad to see WMC rebooted with such thoughtful content and first-class curation. It’s been a long time since the industry had a must-do American event and this is it. The reborn WMC!


Patrick Moxey

Ultra Music

Winter Music Conference is my ground zero. It has always provided the perfect storm of opportunity and excitement for up and coming artists, including myself back in 2003, where I first caught a glimpse of how it felt to have an audience respond to my work. Over the years, I’ve always made it a point to have WMC in my calendar because that’s the spot where everyone congregates and you can feel it in the air. Creativity, brother and sisterhood, FUN and most of all the chance to come together as a community and celebrate the reason we are all here—the music.”


Kaskade

DJ/Producer

I first went to WMC ’87, the year I started Big Beat. It was an incredibly inspiring congregation of indie labels, DJs, artists, songwriters, producers and dance music lovers dedicated to breaking and discovering new music. WMC has been instrumental in furthering the dance and electronic cause; keeping the community connected, vital and relevant, and serving as an amazing springboard for talent. It’s a fantastic crucible for the future of dance music. Long may it live.


Craig Kallman

CEO & Co-Chairman Atlantic Records, Founder Big Beat Records