Music » Band of the Week

Local Band in Focus

Jason Burns


Meet the Artist: Cleveland DJ and producer Jason Burns

Look Like You Give a Shit: Burns is known for his enthusiasm behind the turntables. "People expect to be engaged," he says. "You can't just stand there looking down at your gear. If you're not into what you're doing, why should the crowd be?"

Hold the Hyphens, Please: These days, there's so many subgenres in electronic music that it gets confusing. Burns prefers simplicity. "I'm a bit uncomfortable using the term post-dubstep, because it sounds so pretentious," he says. "At this point, I'm content to just make music I like and let someone else figure out what to call it."

Don't Be a Dick: Burns has been getting much praise from the electronic community, including XLR8R magazine, for his latest EP, See Thru You. But he refuses to let it go to his head. "My focus has just been on making good music with the hope that someone will notice eventually," he says. "I've been lucky to have people who believe in what I'm doing."

Why You Should Hear Him: Burns' tracks can rock a party, but they go beyond your typical booty-shaking fodder. He keeps things interesting, fearlessly coloring outside the lines with his spacey soundscapes.

Where You Can Hear Him:

Where You Can See Him: At Ingenuity Fest on Saturday, September 17.

— Eddie Fleisher

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.