metal talk
facebook
Type band name, album name, artists name etc here...
Search all our articles by typing band name, album name, artists name etc here...
news now
metal talk




  INTERVIEW WITH JASON JENNINGS

Sonia Waterfield



sonia waterfield

Pin It
Share |

jason jennings

I was recently introduced to Jason Jennings, known for being the bassist of Jon Oliva's Pain, to catch up and find out about his forthcoming side project and album due out early in 2013. He was a pleasure to interview, very eager and informative with his answers. Read on to find out more...

"Predominantly, I'm known for my work as a bassist in a variety of styles and contexts at home in Florida, but I had the pleasure of touring Europe for the first time in the summer of 2012."

Article continues below...

   


Known for being the bassist in Jon Oliva's Pain I wanted to know what triggered Jason to start on this side project, the influences and what he hoped to gain from this experience.

"Coming back to Florida and hitting the old grind on the club scene playing cover tunes here has a LOT to do with it! Over the years I've accumulated these little licks or pieces of structure, and thus will employ them in my new project. Club gigs are necessary; paying the bills. But they can be stifling as well, so this is my antidote.

"As for experiences and influences that shape the new material: well, we can't let that cat out of the bag beforehand, now can we? What I really hope to regain is the satisfaction and joy of the creative process, and ultimately have a product that I can be proud of. I always try to write from the heart, and that can scary enough—baring my soul, as it were. Yikes!"

This is not Jason's first time working on an album as a side project. The first was with 'Near Life Experience' back in 2004, so I was intrigued to find out why this wasn't completed, what spurred him onto the idea back then and his main influences.

"With NLE I was totally into the idea of making an album that I would've listened to myself in, say, 1977 or 78. I've always been inspired by a wide cross-section of bands, and those favourites stick with me to this day. I still listen to major doses of Zeppelin, Humble Pie, Wishbone Ash, et al—when bass players could step out melodically and still sock it in the pocket.

"Unfortunately money got tight, as is too often the case. I took a gig with a rather crappy cover band that somehow managed to book relentlessly. Now I had the money, but not the time. A year or two went by, and basically 'gigger mortis' set in on the project.

"After my brother passed in 2009, I found myself drawn to the recordings again. And several people who were involved then have prodded me to go back and finish it. So that brings us into the 'now'."

jason jennings

On 'Near Life Experience' Jason used nine musicians for eleven tracks, who performed in a Steely Dan style. I wanted to know if this was something he would be doing again and who he would chose.

"Well, I still think the Steely Dan approach of using players I think fit the songs is the best route to go for me. I don't think they necessarily played in a Steely Dan 'style' but they understood what I was trying to convey.

"Another thing about those core guys — Pat Buffo (vocals, percussion), Sonny Harlan (drums), and Matt LaPorte on lead guitar — is we'd all known each other for eons, played a billion gigs together, and were very much in tune with each other. Pat Buffo and I have been demoing songs together since 1998, and we still perform live together a lot..."

From the press information I received, I read that Jason experienced a very hard time in his life, both during childhood and again in adulthood. I wanted to know if he will be purely drawing from those experiences, if they had 'matured' him musically and as a person.

"I think for every child there are difficult periods, but that's all subjective. We moved around a lot in the metro New York area when I was young, and when my folks split up my brothers and I wound up in Louisville, Kentucky with our mother. She took on secretarial work to raise my brothers and me; my father was still in New York City working as a freelance writer. It's certainly not like I received insufficient nurturing from my parents though we, like many, had our share of lean times. Historically, music has tempered many a similar hardship.

"Now, as for adulthood — well, let's suggest that I'm still trying to discover that in full, since I'm still running around like a teenager. I got married in the late 80s and had two sons by the early 90s; I had a solid graphic art career going and I was playing in a great band. But the party never stopped, the marriage went sour, and ultimately I found myself raising my sons as a single parent. Again, there were some pretty lean times. Somehow, we muddled through those."

Matt LaPorte, a lifelong friend and guitarist who worked with Jason on the last project recently left this world so I asked if his spirit be carried on in this work.

"As for my dear friend, brother, colleague, and music mentor Matt LaPorte, I still reside in the apartment where he lived with me for the last year and a half of his life. His former bedroom is used for rehearsal and recording space, so yes — I still feel his presence very strongly.

"The last tracks he ever recorded were programmed drums on some demos of mine. It took about a year or more for me to even listen to those.

With Jason currently working with Jon Oliva's Pain and then listening to the two key tracks, 'Headspace' and 'Let It Bang', which are so far removed from the Metal style, I was intrigued to know what we can expect from his forthcoming album.

"There certainly won't be any limitations as far as styles. It's a trash or treasure mentality, really — something a little funky perhaps won't appeal to someone who likes the more in-your-face stuff. But at the end of the day, it will be about the song.

"Does it work? Do the lyrics convey the sentiment, and does the music complement that? It's a sonic canvas for me to paint on with sound. I don't want to boondoggle myself by writing in any one preconceived or specific direction."

jason jennings

I asked him about the recording process and how Jason will be personally involved.

"Like most folks, I prefer to work with people I have a strong bond with. I'll be using Jamie Goodman's facility in St Petersburg, Florida for some aspects, and perhaps Jim Fox at Sweet Spot in Largo, Florida for other aspects.

"I take on the role of mock producer, but I wholeheartedly listen to my engineers because those cats have very big ears! I like getting feedback and suggestions from everyone involved, and I think that makes the songs more personal to them as well.

"Beyond writing and arranging, I'll no doubt play rhythm guitar on the tracks as well as bass... the same as the last time."

I asked how he thought fans of Jon Oliva's Pain would react and if any of the members will have any influence or partaking in the recording.

"That's hard to predict about the JOP fans, but no one's slammed me — so far — for anything that's aired, and in fact I've had some very nice things said about my efforts to date.

"I'd love to bring Jon into the studio for a track or three, but Mr Oliva is an incredibly busy man! Ditto for Christopher Kinder, Jerry Outlaw, and Joe Diaz.

"As for influencing the material, there certainly must be an element of that. I mean, from early 2012 till the 'Hall Of The Mountain King' tour wrapped in mid July we were all riding that same vibe. But there's no way anything I write and possibly include JOP members on would ever be mistaken for JOP material. There's only one guy that can write those songs!"

Moving onto to any future plans or tours, Jason had this to say:

"I love the idea of the material generating enough interest to warrant putting together a deadly road band and doing some touring. But that's all way down the road — no pun intended - if it's going to happen at all."

Ending my questions and thanking him for his time, Jason wanted to leave this message for his friends and fans:

"I just want to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone! I was totally blown away by my experiences with JOP in Europe over the summer, and I am still totally in awe of all of the genuine people I met. I plan to come back over as soon as opportunity knocks! Until then, I'll be keeping an ear to the tracks..."

And there I present to you one of the easiest and nicest people that I have had the chance to interview...


21.11.12






Pin It
Share |








 

black stone cherry BLACK STONE CHERRY REVEAL A POST-APOCALYPTIC UNDERWATER WORLD IN VIDEO FOR 'IN OUR DREAMS'
"The unique sci-fi storyline of two sisters, tragically separated into two social classes in an oppressed underwater civilization run by an evil leader, accompanied the lyrics so well..."

iron maidens THE IRON MAIDENS CHANGE VENUE FOR 14th APRIL SHOW AS O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE REMAINS CLOSED
The show from the world's only all-female Iron Maiden tribute band will now take place at the O2 Academy Islington...

korplikaani KORPIKLAANI ANNOUNCE FIRST DVD AND LIVE CD
The DVD will contain exclusive live footage filmed across two shows in 2015, with more live footage due to be filmed this year...

screen queens EILEEN DALY PRESENTS 'SCREEN QUEENS ON SATURDAY 13th FEBRUARY
A fangtastic fund raising day of music, film and spine-tingling entertainment will be held at the Roxie Bar and Screen, London Bridge...

michael monroe MICHAEL MONROE IS 'GOIN' DOWN WITH THE SHIP'
"The song is not necessarily about sailing or seamanship as such. It's basically about us getting on the tour bus and hitting the road with our band..."

grand magus GRAND MAGUS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'SWORD SONGS' ON MAY 13TH
"We put all of our sweat, blood and tears into this new album and I think that you can hear that..."

hawkwind HAWKWIND RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'THE MACHINE STOPS' IN APRIL 2016
A concept studio album and a live stage show, 'The Machine Stops' is based on E.M. Forster's sci-fi classic...

broken witt rebels BROKEN WITT REBELS ANNOUNCE 'GEORGIA PINE' EP FEATURING THE NEW SINGLE 'LOW'
The band will also head out on live UK dates in April and May...

struts THE STRUTS UNVEIL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE 'KISS THIS'
The clip features candid footage highlighting the frenzied response from fans and the band's celebrated and explosive live show...

sabaton SABATON RELEASE THE OFFICIAL LIVE VIDEO FOR 'CAROLUS REX'
Sabaton hit the UK shores in a co-headline tour with Alestorm in February and March...

cairo son CAIRO SON RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'DEVILS TONGUE' ON FEB 22nd
The single is taken from the album 'Storm Clouds', released on March 14th...

rebelles THE REBELLES RELEASE 'ALL THE YOUNG DUDES' SINGLE ON MARCH 18TH FEATURING IAN HUNTER
The track is taken from the forthcoming debut album. "Expect to hear a punk attitude draped in silk with a few sharp edges..."

donovan DONOVAN TO PLAY 70TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT AT LONDON PALLADIUM
The flag bearer for all things psychedelic will celebrate his early bohemian roots...

kiss KISS EUROPEAN TOUR CANCELLED?
German and Italian dates have been removed from the official website...

stone free STONE FREE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LATEST LINE-UP ADDITIONS
Additions include Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here Symphonic Live, Michael Monroe, Jackaman, Therapy, Jared James Nicols and more...

last great dreamers LAST GREAT DREAMERS TO PLAY UK SHOWS IN FEBRUARY
Last Great Dreamers jumped at the chance to take a break from writing their third album to get back on the road for a few dates...

motorhead DOWNLOAD TO RENAME 2016 MAIN STAGE AFTER LEMMY PLUS LOTS MORE MOTÖRHEAD NEWS
Where the band's name previously appeared on the billing, there is now a graphic of Lemmy's hat...

zakk wylde ZAKK WYLDE TO RELEASE 'BOOK OF SHADOWS II' ON APRIL 8 2016
Wylde's first solo release for 20 years will be followed by a wave of tour dates to be announced soon...

status quo STATUS QUO TO RELEASE ANOTHER TRIO OF DELUXE EDITION ALBUMS
These carefully curated special releases are to be issued by Universal Music on Friday 25th March...

hrh doom stoner HRH DOOM vs HRH STONER ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Angel Witch, Electric Citizen and Black Spiders head up another batch to be added for this October...

the defiled THE DEFILED ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED UK HEADLINE TOUR FOR MAY
The Defiled will play as support to In This Moment, also in May...

rich robinson RICH ROBINSON RELEASES REISSUES AND NEW ALBUM
The four re-imagined albums include previously unreleased tracks and penned essays from Robinson himself...

crowbar CROWBAR ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The run of twenty dates includes a UK appearance at Desertfest...

ben poole BEN POOLE CONFIRMS NEW ALBUM 'TIME HAS COME' AND UK TOUR
"I hope it'll please the blues-rock guitar fans, but also have the depth and maturity to appeal to an audience beyond that..."

desertfest DESERTFEST BERLIN 2016'S LINE-UP IS ALMOST COMPLETE
The first running order has been released, along with a limited number of day passes...

anneke van giersbergen DUTCH LEGEND ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN BRINGS HER ACOUSTIC SHOW TO THE UK
Six solo dates in April have been arranged before Anneke returns to the studio...

hard rock hell HARD ROCK HELL X ANNOUNCE FIRST 15 BANDS
Ugly Kid Joe, Ratt, Glenn Hughes and Living Colour head the vanguard for this year's 10th anniversary...

space elevator SPACE ELEVATOR LAUNCH PLEDGE CAMPAIGN FOR SECOND ALBUM
There are a number of exclusive offers for Pledgers, including the chance to perform on the album...

valerian VALERIAN TO RELEASE 'STARDUST REVELATION' ALBUM
With a burgeoning Metal scene in Indonesia, the band have been working hard on their first full length album...

terry horbury vardis A MEMORIAL CONCERT AND BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR TERRY HORBURY OF VARDIS WILL TAKE PLACE ON 6TH FEBRUARY 2016
The unmissable event features a host of very special guests and all proceeds will go to Terry's chosen charity...

status quo STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE THE END OF ELECTRIC SHOWS
"There's more to come from us in the years ahead, but we won't tour the electric set ever again..."

toseland TOSELAND ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'CRADLE THE RAGE' & MARCH TOUR
Support for the ten date UK tour comes from Colour Of Noise...

bonfire BONFIRE CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW DOUBLE ALBUM 'PEARLS'
The classics are being re-recorded in Italy, with completely new arrangements...

hostile HOSTILE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM PRODUCED BY KK DOWNING PLUS EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
'The New World Disorder' is set for release via Gasworks Music and will be available on March 1st 2016...

rambliin man GINGER BAKER'S AIRFORCE 3, SEBASTIAN BACH AND THE CADILLAC THREE AMONG THE LATEST BATCH OF NAMES TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR
Purson, Inglorious and The Zombies will also join the Kent festival this coming July...

the enid THE ENID RELEASE DUST ON 1ST APRIL
'Dust' is the final part of the stunning trilogy following 'Journey's End' and 'Invicta' and will be performed around the UK over the coming months...

sanguine EXCLUSIVE: SANGUINE PREMIERE VIDEO FOR 'SAVE ME' PRIOR TO RELEASE OF SECOND ALBUM 'BLACK SHEEP'
The sci-fi spectacular is directed by Tyson Wade Johnston and its premiere can be seen exclusively on MetalTalk right here...

steelhouse festival STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MORE BANDS
Hey! Hello! featuring Ginger Wildheart, Blues Pills and Vega have been added to the line-up of this year's Steelhouse Festival in Hafod-y-Dafal in Wales...

jeff healey PROVOGUE RELEASE LOST JEFF HEALEY ALBUM TO COMMEMORATE HIS 50TH BIRTHDAY
These tracks were painstakingly restored and brought to life bringing into focus Jeff's unique and special gifts as an artist...

heretic order THE HERETIC ORDER UNLEASH VIDEO FOR 'THE DEATH RIDE BLUES'
The Heretic Order have announced a co-headlining UK tour in February with I.C.O.N...

mortiis MORTIIS ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR
"It's about time we came back to the UK for some shows. See you in May, you bastards..."

zoax ZOAX ANNOUNCE SPECIAL ONE OFF LONDON SHOW
Catch Zoax in Camden on February 23rd where they will premiere some new songs...

antimatter ANTIMATTER ANNOUNCE RARE UK DATES
Antimatter will play two further dates on 'The Judas Tour' in Bristol and Manchester in March...

jimmy bain JIMMY BAIN PASSES AWAY AGED 68
Ex-Dio and Rainbow and current Last In Line bass player Jimmy Bain has sadly passed away aged 68...

rhapsody of fire RHAPSODY OF FIRE WILL COME TO INDONESIA FOR THE FIRST TIME
On the 'In To The Legend Asian Tour 2016', Rhapsody of Fire will stop in Jakarta on March 8th 2016...

steven tyler AEROSMITH'S STEVEN TYLER ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE 'RED, WHITE & YOU'
Steven Tyler continues his foray into country music and reveals his latest track...

the treatment THE TREATMENT ANNOUNCE APRIL /MAY UK TOUR
The Amorettes will be special guests on all fourteen UK dates...

soto SOTO TO RELEASE SECOND ALBUM ON 1ST APRIL 2016
Soto will debut live during Feb 2016 with a string of East Coast US dates and a European debut in April with a short run through selected cities and countries...

temperance movement HEAR THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT LIVE AND ACOUSTIC AT DEEZER, PARIS
The band dropped into Deezer headquarters during a stop on their current tour promoting new album 'White Bear'...

jezabels CANCER TREATMENT FORCES THE JEZABELS TO CANCEL WORLD TOUR
"The band means so much to me, and cancelling the tour has been a very sad decision. I am hopeful that in the near future we will be back on the road again playing music we love..."

thunder THUNDER ANNOUNCE INTIMATE SHOW AT LONDON'S 100 CLUB
All ticket-sale profits will be going to Childline/NSPCC. Tickets for the special one-off show go on sale on 22nd January...

freddy lim HEAVY METAL STAR ELECTED TO PARLIAMENT IN HISTORIC VICTORY
Freddy Lim, the long-haired, tattooed front man of Taiwanese Black Metal band Chthonic wins a seat in parliament...

hrh doom stoner HRH ANNOUNCE NEW DOOM & STONER SHEFFIELD TRIP
Candlemass, Orange Goblin, Torche and Raging Speedhorn lead the vanguard for HRH's new event...

the mission THE MISSION ANNOUNCE 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
The tour starts in Dublin on October 1st and includes O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London on October 8th...

cop uk NEW ALBUM FROM C.O.P. UK 'NO PLACE FOR HEAVEN' IS OUT ON 29TH JANUARY
C.O.P. UK will immediately follow the release by hitting the road for a European tour with Helloween...

thin lizzy THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE 2016 ANNIVERSARY SHOWS: MOTÖRHEAD DRUMMER MIKKEY DEE JOINS BAND
2016 is a year that includes a couple of important anniversaries in the history of Thin Lizzy...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA RELEASES NEW ALBUM 'BLUES OF DESPERATION' IN MARCH 2016
"You'll hear the proverbial trains, mountains, valleys and other blues references about heartbreak and loneliness, but there are also some poignant moments..."

cairo son CAIRO SON 'STORM CLOUDS' ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW CONFIRMED
The launch party will be held at Nambucca on March 18th...

stormbringer STORMBRINGER ADD NEW DATES TO FEBRUARY SHOWS SUPPORTING THEIR NEW ALBUM 'BLOOD AND RUST'
Check out the dates plus the videos for 'Bad Blood' and 'Rust' right here...

sanguine SANGUINE UNLEASH THEIR VEGAS SPECTACULAR WITH NEW VIDEO FOR 'PRETTY GIRL'
"The lyrics reflect my frustration that women are not meant to be both pretty and strong...but it's more of a 'fuck you' than a complaint..."

glenn frey GLENN FREY OF THE EAGLES PASSES AWAY AGED 67
Glenn Frey, the founder member and guitarist of The Eagles has sadly checked out...

dale griffin MOTT THE HOOPLE DRUMMER DALE GRIFFIN PASSES AWAY AGED 67
Dale "Buffin" Griffin was a founder member of Mott The Hoople and prolific session producer...

stiff little fingers STIFF LITTLE FINGERS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES FOR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016
Support will come from Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts ...

inglorious INGLORIOUS CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN'S STOCKHOLM ROCKS FESTIVAL 2016
Inglorious and Grand Magus are the first bands to be announced for 2016...

wishing well WISHING WELL FEATURING GRAHAM BONNET RELEASE 'HIPPIE HEART GYPSY SOUL'
"We wanted something extra to boost the album and when we wrote 'Hippie' we instantly realized that Graham would be a perfect vocalist for the song in many ways..."

sabaton SABATON REVEAL THE OFFICIAL LIVE VIDEO FOR 'RESIST AND BITE' TAKEN FROM FORTHCOMING LIVE RELEASE
"We recorded two shows in case one is not enough for you..."

babymetal BABYMETAL ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM TITLE
'Metal Resistance' is released worldwide on April 1st before their headline Wembley show the next day...

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD: THE TRAIN KEEPS A-ROLLIN'
We hope to see Phil and Mikkey back in full-time action as soon as possible, as well as Fast Eddie...

evil scarecrow EVIL SCARECROW RELEASE THEIR BRILLIANTLY BONKERS LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'END LEVEL BOSS'
The fan favourite will finally appear in the live show for the remaining shows of the 'Boldly Going Anywhere!' tour...

life of agony LIFE OF AGONY SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NAPALM RECORDS
'A Place Where There's No More Pain' will be released later in 2016...

metal church METAL CHURCH ANNOUNCE TRACK LISTING AND COVER ARTWORK FOR NEW ALBUM 'XI'
The band's 11th studio release marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe...

twisted sister NEW EUROPEAN RELEASE DATE AND NEW COVER ARTWORK REVEALED FOR THE MOVIE 'WE ARE TWISTED F*CKING SISTER!'
The documentary is a mesmerizing and wickedly funny story of a 10 year odyssey to overnight success...

saxon SAXON TO RELEASE 9 ALBUM VINYL BOX SET
This spectacular package is a must have for Saxon fans and collectors and will be released in March...

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2016 ANNOUNCE DAY SPLITS
Saturday night headliners, running order and set times for Scotland's premier rock and Metal festival will be announced in February...

black stone cherry BLACK STONE CHERRY TO PLAY CHARITY GIG AT THE BORDERLINE ON JANUARY 24th
All proceeds of this special appearance will go to The Teenage Cancer Trust...

trivium TRIVIUM ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH SOME SURPRISING CHOICES OF VENUE
None of the regular main cities like London, Birmingham, Manchester or Glasgow are included on this jaunt...

yes YES TO TOUR UK AND EUROPE IN APRIL
The set will include 1971's 'Fragile' and 1980's 'Drama' in their entirety...

blind guardian BLIND GUARDIAN ANNOUNCE UK AND IRELAND TOUR IN MAY
Blind Guardian will be playing a spellbinding 150 minute long set every night – these shows are not to be missed...

fish farewell FISH ANNOUNCES APRIL HEADLINE TOUR DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND
Another final chance to see 'Misplaced Childhood' in full following the recent sold out run and including the rescheduled European shows...

morgoth MORGOTH ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR WITH INCANTATION
Be sure not to miss this killer package of total Death Metal sovereignty...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN TO TOUR CHINA FOR FIRST TIME IN THEIR CAREER
Iron Maiden will visit China in April 2016, once their set list has been submitted for approval from the Ministry Of Culture...

3 doors down 3 DOORS DOWN ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'US AND THE NIGHT' OUT MARCH 11th
"It's truly been a labour of love and we can't wait to get these songs out to our fans around the world..."

prong PRONG RELEASE NEW ALBUM ON FEBRUARY 5th
'X – No Absolutes' is packed with the band's trademark driving riffs and pinpoint-precise grooves...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT HEAD OUT ON TOUR WITH DEVILSKIN
Skarlett Riot will be main support to Devilskin for six UK dates in February...

metal talk
© All written site content is copyright MetalTalk.net 2008-2015, unless otherwise stated, and is not to be used without prior permission.
Ads raid data recovery