Quite simply, Magic Jones is the embodiment of Jason’s musical passion. Since he was 5 years old, it was obvious that Jason had music running through his veins. It was only a matter of time until his parents put him into piano lessons, then a few years later, bought him a drum kit. In 2001, Jason bought his first microphone and began dabbling in recording audio. That continued until 2009 which saw him take his first clients in his basement-turned-recording studio, which then, a few years later, turned into a custom-built world-class recording facility called “Art City Sound”. After running the studio for a few years, in 2017, Jason began writing and producing covers and original music at the rate of one song per week and continued that pace for 2 years. During that time he learned how to play guitar, bass, and sing lead vocals. His audio engineering skills having been honed for the past two decades lent themselves to being able to create radio-ready master quality recordings very quickly. The moniker which Jason used for his song-writing ambition went from “Meaningful Hard Rock” to “Magic Jones” and is here to stay. Jason’s style is, and always has been, all about the human condition. All about the unconquerable human spirit - the fight within to overcome. Jason believes to his roots that every human is born to excel. Every soul living on earth has the power within to rise above whatever tries to bind... ...and his music is its anthem. Overcome, Fear on Fire, Light Within Darkness, and The Road Eternal are all albums of music which sing praises to the human struggle of rising above and reaching our divine potential. Though not easy, Jason believes that the only thing keeping us down is our belief that we don’t have the power to rise. Should we desire to consistently, daily, and diligently find the power within ourselves, it is inevitable that we will find it. We can rise above. We can overcome.
Music is my life-blood. It gives me life.
To support my family through music. Nothing more, nothing less.
MUSIC! It's the true universal language.
Silent Lucidity by Queensryche
Evanescence, Jason Mraz, too many others to count
Life and the inconquerable human spirit. There is so much humanity surrounding us, it's impossible not to be inspired.
The message I want to send with my music is that anyone anywhere going through anything has the power to overcome. It is inside us. Sometimes we like to pretend it isn't because that's more comfortable, but the truth is - we can all overcome.
Okay. Sometimes a bit more than okay. I don't need the stage. I just need music.
There are a few realities. First, more people now are listening to more music than ever before in the history of the world. Second, fewer people are paying for that music than ever before. Third, we as musicians, have the ability to directly connect with our audience in a way the world has never before seen. It's up to us to figure out how to make it all work to our advantage.
The jury is still out. I need to dive in a bit deeper. I see potential, but I also see a *lot* of marketing / push to spend here. That usually isn't a good sign, but we'll see. So far, it's okay.
Marketing. Finding my audience.
Yup! I use my studio to sponsor all sorts of local musical events. We have a grundle of great musicians here and I love it.
Honestly? Connections. That, or money. If a musician's music is stellar, but doesn't have any connections, it's gonna be a tough road. On the other hand, if a musician's music is average, but has deep connections in the industry - success is almost guaranteed if they work at it. If the musician has a lot of money to spend on the craft, that's almost as good as connections.