Hurricanes Irma and Maria forced St. Maarten’s beloved deejay and promoter, Party Dude Jason (Jason Hook) to relocate to another island, but his love for The Friendly Island remains as strong as ever.
The seasoned radio personality gave Out N About an update on his whereabouts and what he is now up to.
For those of you who remember, Party Dude Jason has been entertaining partygoers with his music around the world for some three decades. His passion, style, charisma, ability to mix and blend different music genres, exclusive remixes, celebrity drops and love for entertainment have made him a staple in the nightclub, special events and party scene.
While in St. Maarten, Jason deejayed at some of the biggest parties, and was at one point involved in radio at PJD2, 102.7fm, Laser 101, 99.9fm, Radio Saint Martin 101.5fm, X104.3fm and My 88.3fm, amongst others. He and his family left St. Maarten in January 2018, four months after Irma wreaked havoc on his beloved "unique melting pot of the Caribbean."
While in the United States shopping for clothing and baby goods for his now 18-month-old daughter Sofia, Jason and his wife got stuck and could not return home until Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) reopened.
“We are blessed to have Sofia (my wife's first child and my second) but like everything in life, the unexpected birth of our princess came with lots of changes,” Jason told Out ‘N About. “My wife being in the hospitality industry no longer had a job on her return to our island and well can you imagine the rest of the story like many others that were affected. We both had to leave our families on our 37-square mile paradise and relocate.”
Jason eventually ended up in Aruba, where he currently lives with his family.
He said the transition hasn’t been easy, but being someone who always grabs the bull by the horns, he has been making the best of everything. “I have been a proud home-daddy for 18 months, while I observed and integrated slowly into the "one happy dushi island of Aruba" – our sister island and the first island to send supplies and come to our rescue in the form of their Red Cross volunteers and military assistance. The fact that I speak the local language Papiamentu, Dutch, English and Spanish has helped me make this all a bit easier.”
Jason currently freelances as a producer for four of Aruba’s 20 radio stations and emcees and deejays at local and private events. He represents a few bands, deejays and emcees from Aruba, Suriname, Curaçao and St. Maarten, including Orange Grove (a local band based in the Netherlands) as well as four times Soca Rumble champion King Vers.
Jason plans to start doing his own events in Aruba, like he used to while in St. Maarten, and most of all wants all of St. Maarten to know that he loves and misses everyone. He recently launched his website: www.partydudejason.com so be sure to check out the latest on this talented personality.