Dr. Jonathan Hamill/Jay Slay

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Dr. Jonathan Hamill (artist name Jay Slay) is an accomplished pianist/electronic music artist/producer and medical doctor/specialist in psychiatry. A classically trained pianist, he holds a Bachelor of Music degree (B.Mus) and Royal Conservatory diploma in piano performance (ARCT) along with almost 30 years of experience in music. A highly driven individual, he’s pursued both scientific and musical endeavours with equal intensity, completing a 4 year medical degree (MD) and 5 years of specialist training in Psychiatry (FRCPC) at the University of Alberta.

Musical accomplishments include 9 releases, a nomination for Electronic Recording of the Year at the 2017 Edmonton Music Awards for "I'd Do Anything," 4 remix competitions hosted by Digital Empire Records for his original tracks, and 4 Beatport Top 10 chartings/3 Staff Picks/1 Featured Track. He's had FM radio play on 110+ stations in Canada and the US, a #13 charting in the electronic genre for non-commercial North American college and community radio play, support on Showtek’s Favorites Spotify playlist, and his tracks have appearred on over 15 compilation albums to date. Previous interviews have included radio stations CJSR Edmonton and CKXU Lethbridge, and more coming up with The Dream Zine and Taylor Made Radio. He's had ongoing blog support from WeRaveYou.com, THEMusicEssentials.com, CdnEDM.ca and others. Watch for his most recent song's (“All Night Long”) Digital Empire Records' remix competition winners and music video filmed by MOBLPixl Motion Pictures, involving talented vocalists/performers Kelly Alaina and Michelle Molineux as well as dancers from Rhythm FX Entertainment.

As a psychiatrist, he has a general adult practice, with particular areas of interest including adult ADHD and psychotherapy. He believes patients should be as informed as possible about the available evidence-based psychological and medication options for any given mental health concerns, so they can be empowered to make their own informed treatment decisions. As part of his residency training, he did a 6 month elective in medical education. He is a published author/editor in the Psychiatry section of The Edmonton Manual (a medical student practical exam study manual) and in the scientific journal Current Neuropharmacology for a literature review about the safety/effects/risks/benefits/culture/politics surrounding the traditional Amazonian hallucinogenic drink, ayahuasca.

A melody-driven producer not bound by genre, what sets his music apart is decades of experience as a collaborative musician, and an in-depth understanding of music theory, counterpoint, and composition, made evident by his complex harmonies and chord progressions overlying groovy basslines, all interlocking rhythmically with multiple layers of melody. Almost all of his tracks are collaborations featuring original lyrics and vocals with local artists, including Calgary's own Jesse Peters. For many years he worked as a professional piano accompanist with the University of Alberta Concert Choir, Kokopelli Choir Association, and Edmonton Public Schools’ Music Enrichment Program. He's been involved as a Peep This Entertainment promoter/resident DJ and now as a FancyFoxx Music resident DJ/crew member, having previously been among the opening acts for Borgeous, Ephwurd, Thomas Anthony, Monkey Twerk, Nada Deva, Twogood, and Howla. More recently he had the opportunity to be direct opener for Defunk at The Starlite Room with Cheshire Productions, and a music festival performance at River Womp. He is noted for clean and consistent branding, as well as innovative approaches to bridging the digital/physical divide with his graphics/merchandise/promotional materials, such as Rekordbox-prepped DJ-ready USB bottle openers with all of his releases you can have for free just by asking...or VIP Gold Editions.