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Born and raised in Manila, the Philippines, jdv plus is LA-based singer, songwriter, and record producer Jaime de Venecia.
His stage name combines his initials with plus: meaning "more," or "better." The plus is an emblem of his commitment to continual evolution and growth, both spiritually and artistically.
Like a nighttime drive, his emotive music relaxes the senses and arouses the mind, fusing reflective and vulnerable lyrics with polished production that draws influence from forward-thinking pop, hip-hop, and R&B.
A classically trained pianist and self-taught guitarist, de Venecia started producing and DJing while studying music at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He taught himself Ableton Live and began uploading tracks to SoundCloud as jdv plus. As his atmospheric songs gained thousands of plays online and he self-released his first album 重量 (weight), he became a resident DJ/performer at venues on campus and opened for acts including Awkwafina, Mykki Blanco, Chrome Sparks, and Nguzunguzu.
When back home in Philippines for the winter holidays, he’d play shows around Manila – once drawing a crowd of over 200 for a 2-hour set at a renowned underground club. For his senior thesis, he composed his second album empty_mirror and performed the instrumental project live to a filled out auditorium.
Moving to California brought a new, radiant warmth to jdv plus’s sound. After relocating to Los Angeles in 2015, he shifted his focus to developing as a songwriter and singer. He collaborated with four artists in his 6-song EP Advance, released on SoundCloud and Bandcamp in late 2016.
jdv plus’s latest music is available on all major streaming platforms. His song "Dragonfly" was a semifinalist in 2017's International Songwriting Competition. He is currently working on multiple collaborations and side projects, recording new material, and performing at venues around LA.