Jason Samel is a father and husband above all. He graduated Stony Brook University in New York with a BS in Sociology.
Jason is also an activist, poet, musician, singer songwriter, producer, actor, and entrepreneur. Jason has surrounded himself with music all his life. He played various instruments from a young age but since he picked up the guitar at the age of 19, he has never found it in him to put it back down. For 15 years Jason has been a singer songwriter playing local bars and coffee houses at open mics across Long Island.
Jason’s first experience with producing music was with Garage Band on his Mac computer 7 years ago. He produced several tracks through trial and error. Eventually, Jason’s new found love of producing music led him to assemble a full recording studio of his own. For the past 2 years, Jason has been working on producing his first album which he hopes will be released sometime in late 2012.
Since graduating college, Jason has worked in numerous capacities, often in sales-related positions. In his last position Jason found himself in the uncomfortable position of working for a company where he did not agree with their business practices. Jason spoke up and told them of the issues that he saw within the company and subsequently lost his job. Jaded by working for the corporate machine and motivated by his baby that was on the way, Jason decided to pursue a career as an entrepreneur. Since then he has dabbled in real estate, opened an insurance brokerage with his father, JayMar Insurance Agency in Jericho, NY, and has been helping his wife Dr. Sheila Delijani build a veterinary hospital in Glen Cove, NY.
Since the Arab spring, Jason has found himself immersed and impassioned by the uprisings and revolutions across the world. Just days into the Arab Spring Jason wrote a song for the revolution in Egypt called “Tahrir Revolution” which he put up on YouTube with a video that quickly became viral. Jason then developed the websites www.musicforrevolution.com and www.musicforegypt.com for others to showcase their music, poetry, and art inspired by the worldwide revolutions. Eventually, the Arab Spring seemed to have its influence in his own back yard. By day three of Occupy Wall Street, September 20th, 2011 he went down to Zucotti Park to check out the scene, and since then his life has completely changed.
After meeting singer songwriter Matt Pless on the steps of Zucotti park that same day, Jason became inspired to do something more. Jason decided that he wanted to make a benefit album for what had seemed a very small movement that first day in the park. He asked numerous musicians in the park if they would be interested in being on an album to support little known artists that write “protest music”, while raising funds for the movement, and he received wonderful feedback. He decided that he wanted to make a compilation album featuring both famous artists and lesser known artists in to help shine a light on the lesser known artists. One day Jason met Michael Moore in Zucotti park, and had soon thereafter asked him if he wanted to sing on this album. After receiving Moore agreed, Jason gained the confidence that he could actualize his vision. After meeting Alex Emanuel and Maegan Hayward outside a Janes Addiction concert, Jason knew he found a great team to help him further this vision.
Jason soon formed a new record label Music for Occupy and Maegan, Alex, and Attorney Shirley Menard decided they wanted to help this project take off. In six months, they produced an album with 99 artists which would highlight the emerging genre of music “protest music”, while shedding light on the worldwide Occupy Movement, and at the same time generating funding for the movement to continue. Jason’s vision is for music to catalyze change in the world as it has done so many times in the past. He hopes that this album will shed light on many voices of the people that may never have been heard otherwise and will spread the movement to the ears and minds of those who listen to this compilation across the globe.
Jason believes that the Occupy Movement is a place where many frustrations of our current system are discussed and that ending corporate personhood, overturning Citizens United, and getting the big money out of politics will solve many of our nation’s problems .