Journey (Jay OM / Omsphere / Sonic Wave Control / Crocodile Rangers / Star~Trip) is the psychedelic solo project of, Milan born but now London based, Giampiero ‘Jay’ Mastino, label manager of Free-Spirit Records.
Jay forged his earliest psychedelic-rock influences playing guitar in local bars in Milan. His romance with the decks began in the late 80′s whilst working for a local radio station where he was given the opportunity to spin his first record. This love firmly in place the move to London followed in 1998. Soon thereafter he started djing professionally as Jay OM and in 2003 he studied Sound Engineering and Music Technology and began a solo production project under the name Journey and another collaborative project called Star~Trip.
In 2004, Jay conceived the vision of a network of like-minded artists in the psy-trance, progressive and ambient genres, all working to promote themselves and each other under one banner. Thus the Free-Spirit label was born… originally intended to focus on artist management, the label’s skyrocketing success combined with the enthusiasm of Jay, the artists and fans enabled Free-Spirit to outgrow its horizons.
Following several successful compilation releases, Journey’s first EP was released on Free-Spirit Records in 2008 followed by his debut solo album, The Man who Sold the Time, in January 2009. In July 2010 he released a teaser EP, The Ripple Effect Part I, and then his second solo album, Through the Mirror, in September 2011. Journey has also released and continues to release numerous tracks on many other international labels and also has numerous releases under his other projects. He has been rocking the crowds at many of the biggest venues, outdoor parties and festivals in the UK, Europe, Central and Southern America and South Africa under his various projects including Boom Festival, Universo Paralello, Origin Festival, Fora do Tempo Festival, Aurora Festival, Vortex Festival, Boomerang Festival, Visions Festival, Sonica Festival, Samsara Festival, Life Celebration Festival, Mayan Soul Festival, Groovy Troopers, and many more…
Jay also produces progressive under the name Omsphere, and is currently working on a solo album plus he has a further psychedelic collaborative project with Ralph K (Braincell/Solar Spectrum/Rastaliens) called Crocodile Rangers and in January 2012 formed a progressive tribal trance project called Sonic Wave Control with a debut album, Sixth Sense, released on Free-Spirit Records in April 2012.
Today, Jay’s reputation as an active, involved and hard-working individual in the global trance circuit precedes him. His commitment and enthusiasm for trance music has left an indelible impression on the world scene already and Jay’s future has never looked brighter, from his burgeoningly successful record label to his organized events to his upcoming solo releases. Jay works tirelessly at his art and trade and the music he brings to the masses exemplifies the fruits of his labour and energy.