A Native of Northern VA, Jon Laine is a drummer and producer of FastLaine Music. He received his BM from George Mason University in 2001 and MM from Howard University in 2003.
He has performed with artists including Aretha Franklin, David Foster, Kenny G, Omar, El DeBarge, Erykah Badu, Common, Steve Coleman, Angie Stone, Meshell N'Degeocello, Dwele, Black Milk, Jaguar Wright, Louie Bellson, Charlie Byrd, Fred Wesley, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, and Yusef Lateef. He also performs with local DC artists including Justin Jones, Wes Felton, Alison Carney, Grammy nominated soul singer Wayna, Muhsinah, and Kokayi. He was a member of the Disneyland Collegiate All Star band and the Aspen Concert Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Paul Jeffrey.
Jon has traveled internationally to Spain, Japan, Turkey, Paris, Prague and South America with the Virginia Music Adventures community jazz program of which he is associate director. He has also performed in the 2007 Moers jazz festival in Germany and 2008 and 2011 Sons d’Hiver festival with Kokayi, Steve Coleman and Opus Akoben.
He is also a well-respected music producer in the DC area having worked with local artists NilaKay, GodSilla, Wes Felton, Raheem DeVaughn, Alison Carney, and Wayna.
He has released 4 solo albums. His debut album, APPLE JONS, is a 32 track instrumental album created in the style of J Dilla’s "Donuts" and has been acclaimed by top producers and djs in the nation. VA is for Lovers is a compilation of instrumental beats with features from local area musicians and emcees. He also has other albums out on iTunes, Amazon and cdbaby.com.
His most passionate endeavor, however, is his affiliation with his unofficial mentor, J Dilla, a music producer and dj that has worked with top soul and rap artists. Since Dilla’s passing from Lupus in 2006, Laine created the J Dilla tribute concert and fundraiser in DC paying homage to his music and legacy. It featured Dilla’s group Slum Village, Phife from A Tribe Called Quest, Dilla’s brother Illa J, Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, and Dwele. Approaching its 6th year in 2011, The Dilla Concert has garnered more than 1000 people in attendance including Dilla’s mother and has raised money for the family of the late producer. As music director, Laine carefully pieces together spectacular performances with the help of his band, The Players and several well-known local acts.