Behind the name JS16 is the Finnish musician Jaakko Salovaara who released his first vinyl Hypnosynthesis at the age of 16 (hence the name). His interest in composing dance and house music was inspired by DJ:ing which he picked up at the age of 14. This dance artist has a solid classical background as he began taking cello lessons already at the age of five and has even played in the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1998 JS16 released an album named Stomping System. The tracks Stomping System, Stomp to My Beat and Love Supreme were great hits in Finland. The name track Stomping System and Love Supreme was reached high positions on several charts in the UK. Stomp to my Beat hit the charts in Canada and Australia and became a club hit in USA.
Jaakko is well known also for his work as producer for Darude and Bomfunk MC's which both are received top chart positions and gold and platinum sales status in country after country. Darude's track Sandstorm was an enormous hit around Europe, Australia and USA in years 2000-2001. Bomfunk MC's track Freestyler was the best selling single in Europe in year 2000.
Versatility is one of the words that describe Jaakko best: along with his several dance music projects he created a psychedelic jazz record Papa Blue: En Velo which was released by Sähkö Recordings. JS16 has also remixed several well known international artists.
In 2003 Jaakko joined forces with his long time friend and great producer Heikki Liimatainen and formed Dallas Superstars. Their first single release Helium was a great clubbers’ favourite, followed by Fast Driving, Crazy and the album Flash. In 2006 their track Higher and second album Higher State also caught the attention of top DJ’s.
Now JS16 has returned with his new electro house single Rosegarden which immediately swept clubbers and DJ’s off their feet. The track has been well played by top DJ’s in UK and all around Europe.