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About Day Won

R.J. Sorenson, a.k.a. Chay was born and raised in Los Angeles but has been a South Bay local for all his life. Chay grew up around all types of music. After he discovered Hip-Hop he knew he wanted to be an MC.
During his adolescent years of High School some of his decisions landed him in a tough spot forcing him to go through a phase of finding himself. During this time, Chay perfected his craft of flow through cyphers during lunch hours, and after class, along with studying various 90s artist such as Bone Thugs N Harmony, 2 Pac, Biggie, KRS ONE, Big L, Mo Thugs, Nas, DMX, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Warren G and many more. As several years past, Chay began investing money into his music and started to learn the tricks of the trade and the “ins” and “outs” of the recording process by having his own home studio built out of his closet.

Officially, having started his pursuit in Hip-Hop in 2009, Chay has released and recorded over 20 different chapters of mixtapes to chart his progression along the way. After the first five tapes he noticed how serious his work ethic had become and realized that Hip-Hop was no longer just a hobby it was a way of life. Bouncing around working with different local artist became a daunting task and he soon realized that he had to pursue music solo.

While in the process of preparing for a show Chay met Elgan Richardson a.k.a. illyEl Bicsby in a phone store while running a quick errand. The two began chopping it up about the music scene and what the game had been missing. They exchanged numbers and linked up later that week where they recorded their first track together called “Friday-Sunday History” which was instantly a hit. They performed the song at their debut performance at St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach and instantly knew the chemistry was perfect. Shortly after they continued working together they began going by the moniker Day Won.

Chay also envisioned creating his own label and put his thoughts into action by coming up with the name “For The Book Productions”. The label consisted of many people that Chay had already known for many years such as R.J. Davis who was a true friend who started listening to Chay at his most early stages of his career and has consistently been a strong supporter of the vision since the beginning. R.J. Davis has helped record and has listened to every mixtape volume along with every compilation ever compiled. Their bond is tight. Along with Nick Grawet another long-time friend of Chay, who has been an avid listener since Chay’s volume 11 mixtape called “In Too Deep”. Ishmel Sanchez the artist for the label was introduced to Chay through R.J. Davis and started following the music after Chay’s mixtape Vol. 14 which was called “We Are One, But Few Are We”.

Chay’s desire to take the music industry by storm is still an active dream as Day Won pursues these musical endeavors daily with the intent of remaining a power house in the music industry and leaving nothing but a legendary legacy behind.

illyEl Bicsby
illyEl BicsbyArtist/Vocalist
Elgan Richardson Jr., a.k.a. illyEl Bicsby, hailing from Inglewood, California. Born on July 21, 1993, Elgan often spent time bouncing around from many family member’s houses for entertainment, since he had no siblings.
Most of his experiences were with older family members forcing him to absorb life and mature at a different rate. The time he spent alone quickly grew his love for Hip-Hop, singing, and music in general. A soul so infant but mighty took to the sounds of The Temptations, O’Jays, Tupac, Avant, Tyrese, Musiq Soulchild, Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Dr. Dre, Tank, Biggie, Boyz II Men and many more. This love for music is something his father, Elgan Richardson Sr., would use to bond with him. Seeing his father sing around the church, family gatherings, and private events at a young age fueled Elgan with a desire to conquer his inner voice as well.

Seems like his father had a plan all along. Growing up and bouncing from Inglewood, South Central and San Pedro became too much for Elgan to handle. During this time trouble arose leaving him in an adverse situation, causing him to move to the Inland Empire for a fresh start. Stepping into his Junior High School years, opportunities to work with many artist and producers materialized. It was during his senior year of High School that unwise decisions left him with no ownership of songs and his voice used as sample tracks for other artists. After facing this unfortunate experience with the industry, he scaled back from recording music. Soon his life took yet another turn and he moved to Redondo Beach to focus on college and work.

One day, out of the clear blue sky, his life changed when he met R.J. Sorenson, a.k.a. Chay, in a phone store. They began to engage and converse about the music industry and what was missing. As a result of their chance meeting they got together later that week to collaborate. He soon got introduced to R.J. Davis (Ninja Davey), Ishmael Sanchez (IshCali), and Nick Grawet (MC) through Chay. After getting in the booth for the first time they came up with the catchy hit called Friday-Sunday History. Around this same time, Chay had an upcoming show at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach and wanted Elgan to perform with him. Their performance together resulted in a very successful show. There was an undeniable chemistry that was just too surreal to go unnoticed.

Things continued to progress further, were they soon began to converse about starting a label and a new group. Subconsciously everything was already in motion. Dedicating much of their time, effort and money to the business, this helped solidify their vision. The more Elgan hung out with Chay, he eventually met Carlos Melgoza (Los) and Keith London (Ki-Tone). Since the first show, they performed in six other shows. Being blessed with great opportunity they were able to grace the stage with some world renown artists such as for Bone Thugs N Harmony and Curren$y. Many accomplishments have been made since their start back in the summer of 2015. Radio appearances, as well as two prosperous mixtape releases, and the many perks of hands-on-learning to evolve their music and business skills to a different level comparable, but striving to be better than many legends in the industry today. The first installment tape was called Gravity. Gravity, was an undeniable compilation being that it was their debut.

Many thought it would be difficult to follow up with another unique sounding tape. Breaking expectations and shattering standards Day Won prevailed by producing yet another classic “for the books” called Momentum. The group is working on releasing their third installment mixtape Supply & Demand. Recording and writing have become illyEl Bicsby’s drive in order to spread positivity and love to one ear at a time. Day Won’s mission is to be a highly recognized and respected music label while giving creative control to the artist and their craft.

Jordan Ekie Bala Fagaragan a.k.a., DJ JBFRESH. His first DJ name was DJ Insane. One day, one his best friends, (RIP JJAY Richardson AKA DJ JERK), gave Jordan a unique DJ name that used the first initials of his first, middle, and last
name, J-B-F, and added some “freshness” to it. J-B-Fresh stuck with him ever since. His uncle and his cousins, DJ JRB, DJ Max-I-Boi, and Big Mike were JBFresh’s first true influences and introduced him to using music on a platform, using two turntables, a mixer, and some vinyl.

JBFresh was always easily attracted to music, dance music, primarily while DJing. His top three favorite music genres are Reggae, Hip-Hop, and R&B (primarily from the 90s, 80s, and late 70s). After some bedroom mixing, and a couple of gigs his friend DJ Garett, got a hold of his own DJ set in 2007. Two Technic MK5-1200s, Rane sl57 mixer, and a laptop (since Serato was an upcoming new addition to technology of the DJ world) with music and DJ packs of party music downloaded and stored previously. Since then, JBFresh has done multiple wedding gigs, banquet gigs, created party bus mixtapes, work out mixtapes, opened for bars locally in the South Bay area including cities like Hollywood, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Torrance. He linked with Chay & illyEl around the end of 2015. JBFresh rehearses in the studio perfecting his craft of art, and things are continuously moving towards the right direction.

Keith D. London also known as Ki-Tone was born in Compton, CA and raised in different cities in Los Angeles and the South Bay. Keith is a man of faith and spirituality who loves his family,
sports, and especially music.

Keith has always had a love for Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, Pop, and many other genres. There came a time in his life where he needed to decide what he was going to do, and music was the calling of his purpose. At that time he hadn’t had a nickname. Wanting to be a producer he then one day had an epiphany remembering that his grandmother would on occasion call him Ki-Tone. Keith decided to give it meaning. Ki-Tone’s musical influences as a beat maker/producer are Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Kanye West, Pharrell, and Noah “40” Shebib. Also, producers such as Cardiak, Metro Boomin, and many others that helped his development by watching their tutorials on YouTube. Ki-Tone has been a part of Day Won for about 6 months and was voted into the “For The Book Productions” label but has felt a part of this group that treats each other like family from the very beginning, and whose bond has continued to grow over the shows and time spent together. Keith has known Chay since grade school and has known illyEl a little under a year. Within his role he provides any musical direction and positive vibes that he’s capable or required of giving, whether it’s beat making, or co-producing, to supply that positive and insightful music the way that Day Won provides it. In the next year he would like to see Day Won do bigger, different, and better things including shows/events, apparel and merchandising as they continue to inspire the culture and the world we live in.
Ki (Qi/ Chi): Life force or energy
Tone: A musical or vocal sound with reference to its pitch, quality, and strength.

RJ Davis
RJ DavisCinematography
R.J. Davis goes by Davey when it comes to music. He is an aspiring engineer and producer. He also wants to dip his hands into the business side of music as a manager.
R.J. growing up in Inglewood, California and went to school there until he was eight years old. Still living in Inglewood his mom enrolled him in a Redondo Beach school where he could get a better education. Spending time in two different cities with different backgrounds and people helped R.J. better understand people and all genres of music. He also learned how to use all sounds to generate his own. R.J. was never a rapper but always found music as something he wanted to do. Coming out of middle school R.J. spent a lot of time around his best friend who at the time was always making beats for his artists. R.J. made a couple and it took off from there. On the other side his interest in the business of music started to also peak after High School. He is inspired by Tupac, Eminem, Timbaland, Scott Storch, Dr. Dre, Notorious BIG and Lil Wayne. The motto R.J. lives by is “live everyday like it’s your last”. He loves to be in a studio, being around good vibes, and just connecting with like minds and different minds as well.
Nicholas. T. Grawet, better known as MC for always making everyone laugh and constantly messing around. Nick is a family man who loves animals, and the outdoors.
Nick was born and raised in a small city called Redondo Beach amongst a Jungle of cities known as Los Angeles. Music has always had a strong impact on Nick with his earliest memories listening to Bone Thugs N Harmony, Outkast, Notorious BIG, and plenty more legends. Nick has known Chay for about nine years, and has known illyEl for a little under a year. Day Won has a strong bond as a group and an even stronger bond as brothers. Nick’s role in the group came early on before a name and an ultimate goal, which includes financial work and keeping people laughing. His music style is broad including Rap, Hip-Hop, Rock, Alternative, R&B and more. Nick sees the group in the next year or so doing a couple shows a month, planning and finalizing trips for a tour, and having a complete merchandise opportunity thriving including hats/sweatshirts/etc.
Carlos M. Melgoza a.k.a., Los was born in Harbor City, California and was raised in Lawndale. Music has always played a major role in his life. From an early age he would listen to Vicente
Fernandez, Marry Wells, Debbie Debb, Soul Sonic Force, etc.

Heading into his teens to present day he found inspiration through listening to B.I.G, 2Pac, Eminem, and Bone Thugs N Harmony. Los has known Chay for the last 3 to 4 years and has been a fan of his work from the very first time he heard it. When Chay told him he was forming a group with a singer he met at the store, Los was 100 percent on bored with the idea. Los envisions Day Won in the next year or two getting their music out on a mainstream platform, launching their projects, and providing a state of stability for future endeavors.

Ishmel Y. Sanchez a.k.a., Ish was born in California, raised both there and in Miami, Florida. Growing up Ishmel always had a passion for drawing and art in general. Not really knowing where
his talent had transpired from it seemed to follow him throughout the course of his life. Music as well has always played a huge role in his life. Growing up, Ishmel had always been told that he had an “old soul”, mainly because he was one of the few kids that listened solely to classic slow jams, rap, and reggae. Ranging from Marvin Gaye, Sade, Buju Banton, Andre 3000, Mos Def, Zapp and Rodger and many more. His role in Day Won is as the Graphic Designer- artist. He designs the artwork for Day Won CD’s along with logo designs for their clothing. Chay and Ishmel met through one of his childhood friends, R.J. Davis, while freestyling at Chay’s house about five years ago. Through Chay, Ishmel was introduced to Elgan who he has known for a little over a year. Through music, good vibes and a strong bond between friends that almost feels spiritual, Day Won was formed. It consists of people who Ishmel views as his family.
Jason V. Acosta, also known as JAWS (Just Art With Soul) was born and raised in Redondo Beach California, a family man, loyal friend and aspiring producer. Growing up listening to hip hop
greats like Tupac Shakur, Bone-Thugs N Harmony, NWA, Snoop Dogg, and The Notorious BIG amongst many other artist banging out his speakers or headphones, music has always been and will always be a big part of JAWS life.
JAWS started producing music in 2010 when my close friend Moses Taylor first introduced me to music production. He instantly fell in love with trying to create sounds and composing his own instrumentals. Getting inspiration from producers like 9th Wonder, Dj Premier, Pete Rock, RZA, Madlib, MF Doom and many others. Music was his therapy and medicine to conquer and get through all the obstacles that life had in store. Never being able to fully commit to producing music it was just a hobby. That all changed when he was introduced to Chay and illyEl by Ishmael last year. Jason could feel the positive vibes right from the start. Both great artist and lyricist he became a fan of their music, relentless work ethic, passion to succeed and become legends in their craft.
It was contagious and motivated Jason to take his hobby and turn it into something more. Everyday he trys to learn something new and be as productive as possible. “As we continue on our journey to greatness with some of the best people you can be around I’m blessed to be a part of something special with great artist and even better human beings.”
My name is Raymond Sablan aka Raybone – Born on April 19, 1997, Raised in Redondo Beach, CA. What got him into photography was his brother that took photography class in high school
and brought a camera home every day.

So whenever he wasn’t using it, Raymond started messing with it and taking pictures of random stuff. He had no idea how to use a camera or that there was specific settings for taking a photo. He usually just had it on automatic so he wouldn’t have to deal with any complications and shot away. Raymond decided to take photography in high school and he ended up loving it and has been doing it ever since.