Jason Sookram (born 7 February 1984), better known by his stage name DJ Floops, is a Trinidadian born DJ, Singer and Record Producer from Marabella, San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago. He began DJing in 2010 and in 2017 started the Chutney Music Mix series entitled Floops Festival (FF). In 2013, He began singing and recorded his first Chutney Soca song entitled "Damini"; an original composition which he also wrote the lyrics for. In 2018, he founded the Music Marketing Platform Chutneymusic.com; a user driven platform dedicated to Chutney Music, Chutney Soca, Bollywood & Baithak Gana.
- 1 Personal Life
- 2 Academics
- 3 Music Career
- 4 Discography
- 5 References
Jason Sookram is the only child of his East Indian parents from the West Indies in the Caribbean country of Trinidad & Tobago. His father grew up in Princes Town and his mother in Marabella. They chose to settle in Marabella in 1971. DJ Floops comes from a working class family in which his mother was a seamstress and his father was a labourer. They raised him in Hinduism which he still practices today.
He has predominantly Indian Family and African Friends which helped him to gain a wide appreciation of musical genres namely Soca, Dancehall, Rap and of course Chutney Music. He went to the Vistabella Presbyterian Primary School. For Secondary School he went to San Fernando Government Secondary School. For ACCA he went to the Omardeen School of Accountancy.
DJ Floops father passed away in his sleep in 2010 and it was as that funeral, he met his wife, Omella Alibocas. As his girlfriend, she helped him cope with his father's sudden death. His mother passed in 2011 from grieving for her dead husband which she was married to for over 35 years. DJ Floops and Omella then married in 2015 and welcomed the birth of their son, Liam, in 2016.
- 2015, Certified Internal Auditor. CIA
- 2016, Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK). FCCA
- 2017, Harvard Business Review in Contract Law: From Trust to Promise to Contract.
- 2018, Master's in Business Administration, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business; the Graduate School of the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. MBA
- 2019, Chartered Professional Accountant in the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). CPA
One day while relaying a story to his colleagues, he made a sound effect “Floops” and from that day onward they called him that. They wanted to throw a Bar Party at the Petrotrin Golf Club but no one could dj. On August 26th 2010, He stepped forward not knowing at the time how to dj but wagering the number of songs he knew. His selections were spot on and many patrons asked “what radio station did he play on?” He sighed and said none. Encouraged by the feedback, he set out to learn the basics. In 2012 hew as taught the basics by Madman Richard in the now defunct One Media Academy. He was not sure which format to specialised in but everyone kept referring to him as the Chutney Man. So in 2017 he formally branded his own Chutney Music mix series entitled Floops Festival or FF.
He began singing in 2013 when he entered as an amateur in the PetroKaiso Competition Chutney Category where he placed 2nd His song Damini is a 100% original Chutney Soca that was written by DJ Floops. It was a hit and still plays on Trinidad Radio to date. Encouraged by the success of the song, he was gifted an instrumental by James Sooknanan; which DJ Floops wrote the lyrics to Soca song entitled " The World's Greatest Show
Throughout the years, he entered many dj competitions but was unable to win any. Coupled with the frustration from his inability to get onto FM radio, DJ Floops pledged to develop a platform that would help exposed the talent out there that would have been discouraged like he was. Thus on the 17 July 2018, Chutneymusic.com was born. ChutneyMusic.Com is a user driven platform dedicated to promoting East Indian culture. We aim to provide citable information about Indo-Culture and thus be considered the Chutney Music Encyclopaedia (WWW). It educates people about Hinduism, East Indian customs and the Hindustani Language through this popular Caribbean born art form called Chutney Music. On a daily basis, Chutney music is teaching people the Hindustani languages, culture and the beauty of this is that it does not feel like a classroom.
Damini as written, sung, mixed and mastered by Dj Floops depicts the story of a Chutney singer who go to a house in Sangre Grande, Trinidad and Tobago to celebrate the birth of a child often referred to as a barahee. There he meet a beautiful girl named "Damini" who falls in love with the singer and wishes to show her love for him by cooking him a meal. But Damini is far from domesticated so she offers him Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). Dj Floops is an old fashioned Hindu Man and tests Damini's love by demanding she make roti on a fireside. Poor Damini does not even know how to light a chula (fireside) but Dj Floops shows her blow...... the fire :)
World's Greatest Show (2014)
The World's Greatest Show (Vocal Mix) is a soca song about dancing with a girl in a party and taking her home to bed and was produced by James Suki.
Modern Fairy Tale (2015)
Is a Trance attempt by DJ Floops as he is also influenced the Trance Legend, Armin Van Buuren.
- ↑ Wallace, Kimberly (29 May 2020). "Sharing his Indo-Trinidadian heritage". Trinidad Express Newspapers.
- ↑ "Meet Jason Sookram, CIA: Full-time Internal Auditor, Part-time DJ". global.theiia.org. Retrieved 2020-05-23.
- ↑ "Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) was issued by The Institute of Internal Auditors to Jason Sookram". Acclaim. Retrieved 2020-05-23.
- ↑ "HarvardX HLS2X Certificate | edX". courses.edx.org. Retrieved 2020-05-23.
- ↑ "DJ Floops enters chutney arena with 'Damini'". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday Archives. 2013-06-01. Retrieved 2020-05-23.
- ↑ "Virtual International Chutney Soca Monarch contest continues". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. 2021-01-04. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
- ↑ "Sharing his Indo-Trinidadian heritage". Trinidad Express Newspapers. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
"The beauty lies in the simplicity"
In 2017, I chose to host my own show since my Old School Hip Hop Mix went viral gaining 5 million views and counting on Youtube, so I launched my very own branded online radio show called "Floops Festival". Floops Festival is an eclectic mix of Soca, Chutney and Dancehall music.
Currently I am at episode 194 and hope to pass 200 episodes before 2022. I intend to do a lot of original music and remixes, so stay tuned.