Photos in slide show by Jenni Lynne from Top Shelf Music and Stan Moniz.
Adam "Jah Mex" Arredondo fell down a rabbit hole of reggae music while working at his first job as a gas station attendant in high school. Since then he's spent just over 20 years learning and playing the music with some of its greats including Jamaican bassist, Fully Fullwood, who produced Jah Mex's debut album, Firm Soundation.
Various singles have been released by Jah Mex as well as a second album, Soul Garden Roots Version, featuring members of the Soul Syndicate Band from Jamaica including Tony Chin, Santa Davis and Fully Fullwood. Along with a with the primary reggae bone structure comes influences of jazz, soul and rock from the 60's-70's in Jah Mex music.
The live show is delivered with the help of multi talented backing band, The Translators, featuring Albert Hertado on guitar, Eaux Bain on bass, Blake Bartz and Dave Fulkerson on drums, and Jah Mex up front on keys and vocals. A high energy stage show, combined with spirit led connection to the audience has inspired new fans in various Socal venues including Mozambique, Winstons, The Wayfarer and Yost Theatre.
As the son of two parents from East L.A, Jah Mex was born in Whittier, CA and moved to south Orange County with his family at 7 years old. While struggling to adapt to a much less diverse environment, he eventually found his tribe first through bodyboarding and surfing, and then with reggae music. At 21 Jah Mex joined Orange County based group, Four 20 Band, who took him to Europe on tour as the opening and backing band for international reggae artist, Eek A Mouse.
As a freelance keyboardist, Jah Mex has played for Marcia Griffiths, Mighty Diamonds, Junior Ried, Cornel Campbell, Tippa Irie, The Melodians, Boom Shaka, Lloyd Hemmings and The Rastafarians. He’s also featured on keyboards in various recordings for artists produced by Fully Fullwood, including San Diego reggae group, Ginger Roots & The Protectors. It's through being inspired by other artists he's played keyboards for that Jah Mex attributes his fire to create his own sound and stage show.
In 2018 Jah Mex collaborated with veteran session player/pro skateboarder, Chuck Treece to produce Jah Mex's most recent single, "Changes". Shortly after Treece and Mex produced debut EP, 'The Magician', for 17 year old jazz artist, Lucian Lianti. In the same year, Jah Mex produced an album called 38, co-written with long time friend Eric Riegler for their project, The Coves.
Aside from his own act, Jah Mex is a founding member of Los Angeles based reggae group, Lesterfari & Kings Music. In 2017 he also joined an emerging reggae band from North County San Diego called New Leaf, as a keyboardist.
The name “Jah Mex” was given by a close friend from Jamaica in the kitchen after Jah Mex began to experiment with mixing Jamaican and Mexican food dishes together. It started from his friend as the two country's abbreviation, JA MEX, and then the the H was added to express Jah Mex's inspiration from the spiritual element in reggae music.