JaBig

JaBig is a Canadian House Music DJ who gained global 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 and for being the first and only person in history to cycle across Canada coast-to-coast-to-coast in Winter on a fixed-gear bicycle to break the Guinness World Records of “The Longest Journey by Bicycle in a Single Country”.

JaBig is an international DJ and public speaker from Montréal, Canada who travels the world to spin his signature DEEP & DOPE DJ sets for his fervent fans and to tell stories of his record-setting Winter bicycle adventure across Canada to captive audiences.

Jean-Aimé Bigirimana, DJ JaBig, was born in Rwanda but emigrated to Kenya and South Africa at a young age before permanently settling in Canada.

Such an exodus that saw him attending international primary and secondary institutions where he was exposed to diverse international cultures heavily influenced his musical knowledge and he was the designated music supervisor at birthday parties and youth 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, Canadian and then North American scene as a now full-fledged professional DJ and found himself performing in the most venerable venues and at the hottest events in towns across the continent.

Massive international recognition happened thanks to YouTube, the most popular video-sharing website but also the number one music streaming service in the world when in 2011, JaBig uploaded a back catalogue of his live DJ set recordings and mixed compilations.

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 and fans along the wIn July 2015, 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 January 2016, in desperate need for a sabbatical to avoid a professional and personal burnout, the Montréal DJ set out to ride across Canada all the way to the Arctic Ocean and while at it to set to break the Guinness World Record for “The Longest journey by bicycle in a single country” on a fixed gear bicycle (fixie).

His successful 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.

Released in 2018, „Escape“ became a hit in over 50 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, Banff, Canada’s leading outdoor film festival or Rocky Spirit Festival, Brazil’s largest outdoor film festival where it won the Audience Choice Award for Best International Short Film.

2019 JaBig is preparing for his greatest challenge: BEATS BY BIKES. A tour around the world by bicycle, containing global DJ appearances, meeting people, exploring countries…but above all the tour has a humanitarian purpose: supporting small and local social projects as well as supporting the global activities of World Food Programme and World Bicycle Relief. Donations are expected, initiated by JaBig’s commitment to the good cause…a big adventure will take place soon and at the same time it is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for sponsors, donors and supporters to be part of it…more detailed information about BEATS BY BIKES coming soon.

The video „Escape“ plus all personal & professional information about JaBig at

http://www.jabig.com/

JaBig has started the BEAT BY BIKES tour on his 40th birthday on Aug 25, 2019 going from Montreal/Canada to Boston/USA. Afterwards he flew to London/UK, from where he did the next tour, going from Bristol/UK to London/UK. Next station will be the Netherlands, from where he will start all over continental Europe.

The DJ tour started with a breathtaking set at AURES CLUB in London on Oct 12, 2019.

In the meanwhile JaBig also received his tour bike, based on an OPENCYCLE U.P.P.E.R. bike frame plus various supporting sponsor elements, for which we all thank very much. RAPHA will sponsor the biker outfits for JaBig, for which we also thank a lot.

OPEN blog about JaBig

In parallel our cooperation with WORLD BICYCLE RELIEF has started too. A special donation service around the BEATS BY BIKES TOUR will be announced soon. Further information about their important work and services:

World Bicycle Relief

   

   

   

Werbeagentur Dr. Vogel is now the OFFICIAL TOUR MANAGEMENT for BEATS BY BIKES and JaBig.

It’s Thanksgiving Day in Canada and from afar I still want to say that I am grateful for Ute and Alexx who are managing my world tour by bicycle to raise funds for @WorldBicycleRelief. ⁣⁣
When I publicly announced my intention of circumnavigate the globe by bike, Alexx reached out as a long time fan of my music and told me that him and his partner have PROFESSIONAL experience in complex projects like mine. ⁣⁣
Everyday of my life, I get messages from people wanting to get involved in my many projects and make endless promises and when it’s time to get things done suddenly they have no time or it turns out that they are full of crap. ⁣⁣
So I was skeptical. ⁣⁣
Ute and Alexx are a different breed. ⁣⁣
They made big promises and they OVERDELIVERED!⁣⁣
The @OPENcycle U.P.P.E.R. bike? It’s all Ute. The upcoming bookings across Europe? It’s all them.⁣⁣
No wonder I seem less stressed out as many of you have observed. ⁣
⁣They are from Austria (they came to London to attend my DJ set at @AuresLondon and talk business with me) and I have to say that the cultural differences are crazy LOL. ⁣
⁣On this Thanksgiving I am grateful for Ute and Alexx. They were sent by Heaven to be my guardian angels. ⁣
⁣JaBig, Oct 14, 2019.