Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, Juan Encinales grew up surrounded by salsa and bolero music in his home. This music helped spark the curiosity for art that led him to start searching out, and attending music camps at a young age. Through these camps, Juan quickly fell in love with latin percussion. Having been exposed to genres such as salsa, rock, soul, funk, jazz, and Colombian folk music early on, his playing has grown to reflect the diverse array of music he grew up listening to. Juan started to take drum lessons at age thirteen, and by the end of his teenage years he decided to take music his life’s focus. He began studying music under the mentorship of Jaime Henao, and drummer, Harold Orozco. In 2012, Juan was accepted into the Capilano University Bachelor of Jazz Studies program where he studied under Canadian jazz icons, Brad Turner, Dylan Van Der Schyff, Bill Coon, and Jared Burrows. While at Capilano Juan had the chance to be part of Capilano's premier jazz ensemble, “A Band”, performing in concert with Donny McCaslin, Ambrose Akinmusire, Maria Schneider, Ineke Vandoorn and Marc Van Vugt. Currently, Juan is an active performer in the Vancouver music scene. Working as a sideman in many jazz, latin jazz, and salsa groups. Performing highlights include collaborating with Adonis Puentes (Cuba/Canada), Zapato Negro (Canada), Brisas del Palmar (Cuba), and Ardeshir Pourkeramati Quartet/Quintet (Canada).