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December 20, 2016 - Special Guest: Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

NEWS

MUSIC

  1. Prozac & Merlot - The Sea Life (Rock/Garage Rock)
  2. Sleigh Ride - Wylder (Rock/Pop)
  3. The Wild and Beyond - Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents (Rock/Folk Rock)
  4. Small Blade - Stranger in the Alps (Folk)
  5. Antelope - Louis Weeks (Pop/Electronic)
  6. Home - Cynthia Marie (Pop/Jazz Folk)
  7. Kool Kids - Justin Trawick (Bluegrass)
  8. Intro/Outro music by Fellowcraft (Hard Rock/Blues)

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AARON TINJUM AND THE TANGENTS

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BIO

DC's Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents released their new full-length album Foreign & Domestic earlier this year with a release show at Rock & Roll Hotel. The folk rock project originally formed in Austin, Texas where they were recognized by the Austin Mayor and City Council with their own official band holiday holiday. Since relocating to DC in 2013, they have opened for the likes of James McCartneyKawehi and Sam Amidon

LINKS

www.aarontinjum.com 

www.facebook.com/AaronTinjum

www.twitter.com/AaronTinjum 

www.soundcloud.com/AaronTinjum

www.youtube.com/TinjumAndTheTangents

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The new animated music video they discussed in the episode:


INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     D.C.'s Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents released their new, full length album, Foreign and Domestic, earlier this year, with a release show at Rock and Roll hotel. The folk rock group originally from Austin, Texas, where they were recognized by the city mayor and the city council with their own official band holiday. They relocated back up to D.C., and we consider ourselves so lucky to have them here back in 2013, and are continuing that great tradition of awesome music up here in D.C.

                  Guys, I first heard of these guys when they ... I stumbled across them online, they submitted their stuff to me, I was listening. I saw the bit about ... If you haven't seen, there was a video, what we talked about on October 11th, is their official band holiday in Austin, TX. On October 11th this year, I did a little info about them and posted a video about that experience. Basically, just really cool stuff happening.

                  Bottom line is, listen, it's a great pleasure for me to introduce Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents. I've got Aaron Tinjum and Andrew Cote with me, so say "Hi" guys.

Aaron:   Hey Brian, thanks for having us. 

Andrew:                Yes, thank you so much. 

Brian:     Aaron and Andrew. Tell us about, I'm curious right off the bat, where is Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents? Where did the name come from?

Aaron:   We originally formed in Austin, Texas about five years ago. As I was putting together the project with some of the other members, we were doing what every band does, debating what we should call ourselves. 

Brian:     Yup, happens a lot. 

Aaron:   I don't think any of the members wanted full ownership over the song since I was writing over them, they didn't want to be associated with my saddest emotions.

Brian:     Oh, okay. 

Aaron:   We conducted a Facebook poll, and the Tangents was the ultimate winner. I'm not sure that's a solid methodology for selecting a band name, but that's what won and that's what stuck ever since.

Brian:     Got it, so it was a Facebook poll. I love that, all right. Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents. How did you guys come together. 

Aaron:   It's been a gradual process. Originally started with our latest album we released earlier this year, Foreign and Domestic. We had six players on that with Andrew on drums over here. Andrew was found here in D.C. at the Treehouse Lounge.

Brian:     Nice. 

Aaron:   He was playing for us and we were looking for a new drummer, having relocated out here. We had a violinist, Katie Smith. Bass player also moved from Austin, Andrew Berglund. Andrew introduced us to a great pianist, David Chavez, who plays on the album. Our banjo player who didn't move out to D.C., still in Austin, recorded remotely, but actually came up for the album release show.

Andrew:                We're working on getting him moving out here soon. 

Brian:     Very cool. How do you convince people to come to D.C. Is Austin ... I've heard great things about, in D.C., they talk about great things about Austin. What made you move to D.C.?

Aaron:   I'd love to take credit for convincing other people to move to D.C., I don't think I can do that. I think musically, compared to Austin, you have a very supportive community here. Not that you don't have that in Austin, but in Austin, everyone's a musician. 

Brian:     Got it. 

Aaron:   Your audience is full of musicians, whereas here, you might have a real, live listening audience that isn't critiquing your every chord.

Brian:     I guess that's good. It's a good place to move. What about on a personal side, you guys, outside of Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents, what's life like for you guys? What do you do?

Andrew:                I guess I can jump in here. I work professionally as a musician, but, you know, you've experienced Brian, that takes many different forms. I teach at George Mason University. I work in the School of Music there, as well as the Honors college. I teach classes ranging from ear training to Intro to Research Methods, and kind of everything in between.

Brian:     Wow.

Andrew:                Yeah, I do that, then I also work at church, in Fairfax, Virginia. I direct the choirs there. I'm sort of Composer in Residence as well, so I do a lot of arranging and composing and so-

Brian:     Got it.

Andrew:                Yeah. 

Brian:     Drums is your main instrument, but clearly you play a lot more.

Andrew:                Yeah. I'm trained as a percussionist, but in high school, I learned how to play guitar, kind of self taught. Same thing with bass and piano. Just from there, I studied music education and I kind of was on a one way trajectory to do music and had been able to piece together a living doing it.

Brian:     That's amazing. I love the fact that you're doing it. I'm a drummer too, but I got a day job. I can imagine that it's a big leap of faith to get started and probably a challenge and some struggles sometimes, but it has to be pretty rewarding too, and I admire you for that.

Andrew:                Thanks. Supportive wife has helped. 

Brian:     Shout out to the supportive wife.

Andrew:                That's right. She has a day job, so that's also helping.

Brian:     It's a team effort. 

Andrew:                That's right.

Brian:     I got it. I love it. Okay guys. Aaron, you skipped out on that, what about you outside of music? Are you [crosstalk 00:05:14] what else is there to Aaron? 

Aaron:   For my day job, you have to fund your musical and creative endeavors somehow.

Brian:     Got it.

Aaron:   I'm a writer full time working in clean energy. I actually work remotely in D.C.

Brian:     Wow. Where's the headquarters? 

Aaron:   Headquarter house in Ivy City.

Brian:     Ivy City? 

Aaron:   Yeah, it's a great, creative community up there. 

Brian:     It seems like it, absolutely. Where, for those listening who don't know where Ivy City is, which Ivy City are we talking about?

Aaron:   The one in Far Northeast Washington D.C.

Brian:     Got it. You're working remotely from a couple miles away.

Aaron:   Correct. 

Brian:     Okay, I'm clear. Okay. Very cool. Funniest moments from you guys performing, or funniest moment that comes to mind.

Andrew:                Really you kind of glossed over how we met Aaron, which I thought was pretty funny.

Aaron:   I'm sorry.

Andrew:                It's okay. I mean, it's a big introduction right? No. Anyways, I was playing drums that night for another D.C. based artist. A woman by the name of Sally [inaudible 00:06:17]. Her and I met, actually though the church that I work at now. She's an amazing Singer/Songwriter, so definitely, I would recommend if you have some time, listening for her music.

                  Anyways, I was playing for her and Aaron come up to me after a set and said, "Hey, do you want to sit in a play drums with us?" I guess about a week prior to that their other drummer just didn't show up for a gig and that was just kind of the end of the time there.

                  Anyways, long story short, we end up meeting then and it turns out they were heading just the next couple of weeks, to go into the studio to start working on this album, Foreign and Domestic. A couple days later, we were in the basement of my townhouse at that time and we started writing this music.

Brian:     Wow. You literally started playing with them when you were on stage?

Andrew:                Yeah, absolutely. The fee was great on the first gig. 

Brian:     Love it, oh my God. What a crazy story. What about success moments that comes to mind? What's the biggest success moment?

Aaron:   Success-wise, I would say definitely being on your program today.

Brian:     Stop it. Stop it. That's, no.

Aaron:   This is as high as we get.

Brian:     You don't get away with that. Give me another one. I want a story. 

Aaron:   Back in Austin-

Brian:     I appreciate it. 

Aaron:   Like you mentioned, we wound up somewhat hilariously getting our own band holiday playing a wide range of random venues from furniture stores, to dive bars, coffee houses, the airport, used clothing shops.

Brian:     Holy smokes. All right. 

Aaron:   Keeping Austin weird, that's one way they do it. Every month, they give away one or two holidays by official proclamations by the Mayor and City Council. That's definitely been up there. Since we've been playing out in D.C., we've opened up for a few great acts at Jammin Java like Sam Amidon, who just played [inaudible 00:08:07] Festival in [inaudible 00:08:09] Wisconsin.

Brian:     Okay. 

Aaron:   Kawehi who's like a looping legend now on YouTube, just turning up the covers. Then Paul McCartney's son, James, we opened for him back in June.

Brian:     Wow, that's wild. I'm curious about the holiday thing. Do you get put in for that? Does someone nominate you? Do they pick names out of a hat? How does that work. 

Aaron:   They have their own, at least when we did it, there was an application system and we were ultimately chosen. You have to kind of show what you've been doing in the scene. All the places you've played, how often you've played. At that time, we were playing a very long string of gigs. 

Brian:     Right, go for it. I love it. What rules do you always break? 

Andrew:                That's a good question. Aaron, why don't you jump in first? 

Aaron:   I would say, unconsciously, first off, we do mostly soft rock. Soft rock isn't notorious for breaking a whole lot of rules, you know? We like to follow the rules.

But I would say, unconsciously, I'm probably the Jar Jar Binks of guitar rhythm. I'm very not good at that and that drive Andrew crazy. That's definitely one rule I'm breaking all the time.

Brian:     The rhythm rule.

Aaron:   I'm consistent with it.

Brian:     It's good, you're reliable about that, I like it. Okay.

Andrew:                I think, my go to thing is just adding more layers to it. Coming up with different string parts or piano, or adding, you know, they're just different layers always kind of being that ... I don't even know if it's just Devil's Advocate, but just always saying, "Okay, what can we do to shape this a little bit more." Yeah, Aaron beats up on himself a little too much with the rhythm thing. I'm the only one counting I guess.

Aaron:   Andrew's the one, and the rest of the band, all the Tangents make all the songs actually good. I just kind of come up with the idea and they polish and clean it for me.

Brian:     Got it. It's cool, especially when bands come together and they do that together, it's cool to hear. It's a cool effect too to be in those rehearsals I think.

What about one thing you've got in your music collection that would surprise us?

Andrew:                Well, I have sort of a weird, strange instrument collection, but my new favorite toy is an instrument call the Otamatone, which is a Japanese instrument. It's basically, if you were to combine a digitalized slide whistle with just this crazy, animated looking face, that's this weird sound. Long story short, it's a synthesizer toy that's like $20, that I've definitely gotten at least $100 worth of entertainment out of.

Brian:     What about artists or interesting music that you listen to that would surprise us?

Aaron:   I've been doing this whole, you know, the cheesy 30 things to do before you turn 30.

Brian:     Excellent.

Aaron:   I've been doing that more from an album perspective. I have a very eclectic mix going right now, where everything from Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis, to if you've watched Westworld at all, they have a soundtrack with all of the player piano tracks, the cover songs going on in the background, which is pretty cool.

Brian:     Oh yeah.

Aaron:   Other than that, Bruce Springsteen's, Nebraska. Tim by The Replacements. I'm going for a wide range right now.

Brian:     The last question that I love to ask is, what's one piece of advice that you would offer?

Aaron:   Andrew's the professor so I'll let him take this one

Brian:     Profess to us Andrew.

Andrew:                That's another really big, tough question. I guess if, I know this is kind of a cliché, but just taking risks. I think a lot of the real fun that's come out of the recording process, working with Aaron and just really any musical endeavor I've taken, has been the uncertain ones that have gone it. There's never been anything really, that I've been super duper proud of, that came out of, "I'm doing this because I know this is safe."

                  I think it's just a matter of really just taking that sort of risk and seeing where it goes. Failing a ton, more often than not, and then just keep pushing and seeing where that leads. Everything is also connected as well. All the failure is connected to the positive stuff as well.

Brian:     That's true. You got to take those risks. For those folks who are interested in finding out more about you guys, where do they go if they want to follow you? What are the best places to find you guys?

Aaron:   You can find us pretty much everywhere. We've got our website, www.aarontinjum, or aarontinjumandthetangents.com, or on Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, Itunes, Amazon, YouTube, Tinder.

Brian:     All those places.

Aaron:   Any of those places.

Brian:     Okay, got it. You got anything? I know you got some stuff over there. Andrew you got any places that if they want to follow you specifically?

Andrew:                Yeah, for sure. I'm on Twitter and Facebook as well. I have a website for those of you who are classical saxophone enthusiasts, I have an album coming out in the next couple of days of some of the chamber compositions that I have and that can be found at AndrewCodyMusic.com.

November 8, 2016 - Special Guest: Jason Masi

FROM TODAY'S SHOW

NEWS

  • Election Day!  Happy Voting!

MUSIC

  1. Neon Rays - The Internal Frontier (Rock/Acoustic)
  2. Uh Oh! - Flo Anito (Pop/Jazz)
  3. Love's Lips - Jason Masi - (Rock/Acoustic)
  4. Dirty Lies and Whiskey - Throwing Plates (Rock/Pop)
  5. Hey Baby - Taylor Carson (Indie/Pop)
  6. Oh, Legs! - Cynthia Marie (Pop/Jazz)
  7. Rolling Hills - Teddy Chipouras (Folk/Americana)
  8. Intro/Outro music by Fellowcraft (Hard Rock/Blues)

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JASON MASI

VIDEO - BIO - PHOTOS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO

Jason Masi DC Music Rocks

Jason Masi is an American/DC based singer-songwriter.  He got his start with Richmond, VA based group, Jubeus, opening for acts like Blind Melon, Everclear, and SOJA and releasing two well received albums, "Two Tone Circles" 2004 and "Natural Mood" 2007, respectively.  The latter was named as a top DIY (Do-It-Yourself) release by Performing Songwriter Magazine (Issue 107 - January/February 2008).  

He stepped out as a solo artist in 2010, trading in the band's roots-jam driven rock for a more acoustic soul/r&b songwriter approach.  He has since released three solo albums, "Balance & Pull", 2010, "Life Is Wonderful", 2012 and "Power of a Woman", 2014. His transition has led him to supporting slots for hit songwriters like Bleu and Darryl Worley, and has kept him busy on the road performing over 250 shows per year.  

Masi's freshman solo record was released to noteworthy reviews, as well as significant radio airplay, charting in the top 200 college radio charts and being included on radio host, George Graham's, Best Albums of the Year list.  His follow up solo effort, "Life Is Wonderful", gained additional support and was licensed for use on a number of TV networks (Discovery, MTV, Oxygen) and placed in online commercials, tutorials, E-books and game apps.  

Influences in Masi's sound can be drawn between soul artists like Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers, folk and blues icons like Van Morrison and James Taylor as well as modern songwriters in the vein of Mat Kearney, Damien Rice and James Morrison. His songs are often reflective and thought provoking, yet maintain a free spirited and light hearted tone. Masi’s songwriting explores the complexity of love and compromise from a unique, but relatable perspective. 

He approaches his music in much the same way he does life. His laid back and easy going personality translates into the lyrics and tone of his music yet his performances are energetic and portray him as the hardworking musician he is.   It's a contrast that suits Masi well, as he goes from hobnobbing with his new fans like they are old pals, and catching up with longtime fans before he takes the stage for an energetic and passionate set. 

Masi's newest record, "Power Of A Woman", released in October 2014, is smart, sexy, charming and reflective.  The approach revisits much of the soulful pop sensibility of prior releases, but brings a fresh clarity and edginess to his next collection of heartfelt tunes.  The tone and style of the album explores various genres, but maintains the honesty and focus that defines Masi's sound.   

Masi is currently in the studio working with producer, Mark Williams, for a released slated for 2017.

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:    Jason Masi is a DC based singer-songwriter. He got his start in with the Richmond, Virginia based group Jubeus. He stepped out as a solo artist in 2010, trading in the band's root jam driven rock for a more acoustic soul, R&B, songwriter approach. He has since released three solo albums, Balance and Pull in 2010, Life is Wonderful in 2012, and Power of a Woman in 2014. If you've been listening to the show, we've had Power of a Woman on here and if you check his profile on line on Dcmusicrocks.com you can see the music video for that track. It's awesome. His transition has kept him busy on the road performing for two hundred and fifty shows a year, which his schedule is also on the site and man, there's so many awesome shows. He's a very busy man but I love it. I love it.

The influences in Masi’s sound can be drawn between solo artists like Marvin Gay and Bill Withers, folk and blues icons like Van Morrison and James Taylor, as well as modern songwriters in the vein of Matt Keirney, Damien Rice, and James Morrison. His songs are often reflective and thought provoking, yet maintain our free spirited and lighthearted tone. His approach and he approaches his music in much the same way he does life, which is laid back and easy going personality which translates into the lyric and tone of his music, yet his performances are energetic and portray him as a hardworking musician that he is. With that, guys I was first introduced by a coworker to Jason's music, and ever since then I've been a fan. It is truly a privilege and an honor and I'm just excited to actually have him sitting with me in the studio. With that I'm excited to introduce to you Jason Massey. Say hi.

Jason:    Hi. Brian thanks so much for having me. It's a real honor to be here. Thank you.

Brian:    Thank you for being here. 

Jason:    You have such a wonderful speaking voice on the radio. You just told my whole story man. I don't even have to say anything else. 

Brian:    Oh you're making me blush. You're making me blush. Tell us about Love’s Lips. I'm sorry about the mispronunciation there.

Jason:    tough word. Lots of syllables.

Brian:    Love, man. Everybody gets nervous about that word love.

Jason:    That's true.

Brian:    Tell us about that track.

Jason:    I was writing a lot of bittersweet songs at the time. I spent a lot of time at the wineries as you may know from looking at my show schedule.

Brian:    Okay.

Jason:    I was observing couples especially during the day that were enjoying a glass of wine together. They were just having a good time. They were casting their worries aside. I started with a line, loves lips like wine. That observation. Then I built this song about of it. It turns out it's just a simple love song about being present with the woman you're with and enjoying the moment. Sometimes that's actually really difficult especially living in this DC area with so many distractions of politics. A lot of people use that get away out to the wine circuit to kind of get away from the whole DC hustle and bustle.

Brian:    It seems like it.

Jason:    I was very lucky to get out that way and be able to perform for people and make that my niche.

Brian:    I was going to say, say more about that niche because you mentioned that your schedule that indicates that a lot, but for folks that haven't seen the schedule, how does it work with you're a full time professional musician?

Jason:    I'm a full time, professional musician. Believe it or not, sometimes I pinch myself. I actually convince myself that it's true. The wine circuit is something I kind of fell into. I was playing with the band Jubious for a long time. I had a day job for much of my twenties. The band came out with a couple records but the band was kind of fizzling because we had some personnel issues.

Brian:    Got it.

Jason:    Okay. Then I moved to this area and had my one connection which was Amber Trees Foster and she helped me get some gigs around this area and then I met a couple winery owners and they let me out to play. That's where it kind of spiraled out of control. I didn't realize there was such a growing scene out there, not just for wineries but also the music at the wineries. That's kind of the start of it and now I spend a lot of time out there.

Brian:    When you say a lot of time, what does that actually translate into?

Jason:    Probably more than I should. There's generally free wine at the shows.

Brian:    Oh that's a plus.

Jason:    As a form of payment. My wife always says, stop bringing bottles of wine home. Bring us more money. 

Brian:    I could see that being a thing okay.

Jason:    I spend a lot of time out there. I'd say out of the two hundred fifty plus, I play maybe sixty percent at wineries and then I do a lot of private events too for people. I meet a lot of those people through the wineries. I do clubs. Clubs are less and less these days.

Brian:    Right.

Jason:    It's more about a niche man.

Brian:    Well you found this new little niche man.

Jason:    I don't know.

Brian:    Four or five days a week? How often?

Jason:    I play shows. Yeah it can be that. I'd say the busy season is March through October. 

Brian:    Okay.

Jason:    I don't think I should even admit this but sometimes I'll play eight shows in a week. I'll get a double Saturday. I'll do like a Saturday at a winery and then I'll do a private party in the evening. I'll host a mic every Monday night. I'll play sometimes, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. The cool thing about being a full time musician and playing around this area in DC Metro is I can come home, spend time with my wife and actually sometimes get home early enough to even watch a Netflix show with her or something, and have some dinner.

Brian:    That's cool. Yeah. I guess wineries aren't a late night club kind of thing either. They got to have a benefit too.

Jason:    Their bedtimes are like nine pm so, they want to get out of there.

Brian:    Depending on how much wine they drank.

Jason:    Yes, that's right.

Brian:    Oh man. When you're not being a musician, tell us more about you. What do you do?

Jason:    Sure. I'm actually kind of an introvert when it comes to not being on all the time. I have to spend a lot of time with people, so when I'm on my own, I like to just cocoon and have some time to myself. I started yoga. I like to read books and just relax and have my own time, quiet time. Sometimes my wife is wanting to talk to me a lot and I'll start to daze off. It's not because I don't want to listen to her, it's just I need that time.

Brian:    Is it like recovering or recuperating?

Jason:    Yeah.

Brian:    You put it all out there when you're performing and so time to.

Jason:    To reboot.

Brian:    Okay I got it. I totally understand it. It's kind of wild to hear that too because you do spend so much time out there performing and stuff I guess you might automatically assume people are extroverts when actually maybe that might be kind of taxing and you come back, when you come home the recharge is not.

Jason:    Not to take any [inaudible 00:06:57], I love meeting everyone at my shows. I love talking to everybody and I love performing but the reboot process is something that, especially lately, since my schedule has been so busy, started to take seriously. My wife has started to take my cell phone away from me.

Brian:    You've got quiet hours.

Jason:    Quiet hours.

Brian:    What's one thing about the DC music scene that you love?

Jason:    There's so many things actually. When I moved here I had no idea what it was all about but one of the cool connections I've had is Justin Trawick. I knew him in college. We went to Lawland together.

Brian:    Oh wow.

Jason:    He has been a help in a sense of connecting a lot of musicians together. I did the non-songwriter series. I started that with him. I started playing that with him when he first got it off the ground.

Brian:    Okay.

Jason:    2009 and now I've met so many DC and touring artists from that and just the well of talent that I find in DC, constantly amazes me. Every time I do a show with somebody else, or do a songwriter showcase with somebody else, other musicians. I'm just kind of overwhelming. It a little humbling too. Dang, I need to go home and practice. These guys are good. I thought I was pretty good, but man.

Brian:    For folks who don't know what the songwriter series you were just talking about, say more.

Jason:    Justin Trawick puts on this songwriters series. It's kind of like a stories in the round but you have more singer songwriters so each artist will get two songs upfront and they can talk a little bit about each song. Then they do another round of one song. Then, lately he's been allowing the artists to collaborate with each other. You have somebody that plays saxophone, or somebody that plays banjo, or does backing vocals they can jump in with each other and it's all on the spot too.

Brian:    This is a live show.

Jason:    It's a live show. Yeah.

Brian:    Wow that's cool.

Jason:    He also does a podcast. The circus life. Its a really cool thing and getting some [inaudible 00:09:03] on it as well.

Brian:    Yeah definitely. We know Justin. We're fans of Justin on DC Music Rocks, that's for sure. 

Jason:    Cool.

Brian:    Play good stuff too. He's wonderful. So Justin shout out. Thanks for doing what you do and supporting the scene like we do here. Truly appreciate you man. Tell us the story about your best show. What comes to mind?

Jason:    I don't have any ah-ha moments where after the show I was just like, man that was it. That was my best show. That never happened to me.

Brian:    Okay.

Jason:    I play a lot of shows and you get this euphoria sometimes after it and it's awesome because music is therapeutic but I will say I was playing for the Walter Reid Society this whole last year from February up until a month ago. I'm on a break right now. The reason I do it is because sometimes you play music for people that actually need the music more than you do. That was definitely the case at Walter Reid. I would say the last time I played a show, just because this is a recent memory, I had somebody come up to me. It was an older woman. She said, "I'm going through chemo treatments right now. Just being able to sit here and listen to your music in the lobby, really made my day." I don't really need much, but I mean when somebody says that to you, you're like okay. I'm doing something that I should be doing. That to me is the ultimate reward.

Brian:    For the listeners that don't. You're playing music at Walter Reid?

Jason:    Yeah Walter Reid.

Brian:    You just show up and play? How does that work?

Jason:    It's the Walter Reid society. He's been actually bringing musicians in for the last couple years. I just started this last year. You go and they have this carpeted area in the lobby. You get a lot of foot traffic there but it's people that are being treated that were in the military and their families. You're performing for a couple hours and they have performers throughout the week. People waiting for their appointments or what have you and they get to sit down on a couches there while they're waiting in the lobby and just listen.

Brian:    It's you and your guitar for those?

Jason:    Just me and my guitar.

Brian:    Wow. That's awesome.

Jason:    A lot of times people come up and sing songs with me and sometimes that's good. Sometimes it's bad. It's always good to have a true professional and I see that Sarah Murphy, she came up and sang Hallelujah with me at a friend's birthday party. That was a very special moment.

Brian:    That is awesome. Very cool Jason. What about, so tell us a story about a time that you tried and failed.

Jason:    Okay. Well, I try and fail just about every day.

Brian:    Just one.

Jason:    Let me count the times. One I can laugh about, I guess this is kind of a funny story. A few years ago, when I was playing with Jubious, we continue to play up until, we haven't played in like a year together, but we kind of do little get together and so. We played Sine. We were kind of like the house band at that place for a while in Richmond.

Jason:    We had a packed house and one of the things that I always have to figure out the balance of is like how much I get into the music that I'm pulling because I'm not a good dancer.

Brian:    Oh?

Jason:    I wish I were. I put the guitar down and sometimes do this, and we were doing a cove of the song Brickhouse.

Brian:    Oh nice okay.

Jason:    You know the song?

Brian:    I know the song. 

Jason:    Okay. Shake it down, shake it down, shake it down now section. I was like getting my audience to like shake it down, get lower to the ground. 

Jason:    On the way down something ripped in my inner thigh and it was like this excruciating pain. I fell to the ground. In the middle of the song.

Brian:    Wow.

Jason:    That was embarrassing. You can fit three hundred people in there. It was capacity so.

Jason:    It was in front of everybody and I got back up, and I continued the song. I took a break. That was just one of those moments, I think it was just had the right amount of humility and just a reminder of not to do things that are beyond my capabilities. I'm not Chris Brown man.

Brian:    You can't get low?

Jason:    In my defense I wasn't doing many stretches at the time I was running a lot and not to carry my body around. Maybe if I tried again.

Brian:    That yoga man. If you had been doing yoga back then.

Jason:    If I had been, yeah. I probably would have bounced right back up.

Brian:    That's wild. What a story. Good gracious. 

Jason:    Take care of yourself. Lesson learned.

Jason:    Know your limitations.

Brian:    Don't get down unless you can in fact get down. 

Jason:    Get down.

Brian:    What about, what's in your music collection that might surprise us?

Jason:    Let's see. I'm not sure if it'll surprise you. It surprised me how much I listen to this artist on Pandora radio, but [inaudible 00:13:55]. Pandora send you reports of how much you listen to stuff. It was like eighty percent [inaudible 00:14:01] radio on the Pandora station.

Brian:    Really that's impressive. Which is soothing and you talked about your bringing it down.

Jason:    Soothing, sensual.

Brian:    Okay.

Jason:    Maybe that reveals too much about me right there but that's the kind of mood that I'm in. 

Brian:    All right. I see. Note to self guys, bring [inaudible 00:14:21] with you if you want to get Jason in the mood. Got it. Okay. What about do you have any rules as a performer? Are there any rules that you have and are there any that you always break?

Jason:    I do have rules. I try to make the rule not to play certain cliché songs.

Brian:    Like what? 

Jason:    Like Wagon Wheel, Brown Eyed Girl. I feel bad saying that because I have actually some things that really, really like those songs. I try to avoid it but I am so eager to please people. This is the truth man. Put a smile on somebody's face by playing a song. I'm sure you know this as a band member.

Brian:    Absolutely.

Jason:    You see the way people ...

Brian:    The joy they get from the music.

Jason:    The joy they get from these songs that maybe you've heard a gazillion times, maybe a gazillion times too many. They just eat it up. I'm just going to go and say it. I break that rule sometimes.

Brian:    Break that rule. Okay so Brown Eyed Girl might happen and inside as an artist you die a little bit.

Jason:    It's the same on the radio.

Brian:    We appreciate you sharing. Okay. Come up with a more creative request next time you see Jason, other than Brown Eyed Girl.

Jason:    No it's okay. It's alright.

Brian:    If you love that one, ask him for it anyway. The last question I love to ask is what's one piece of advice that you would offer?

Jason:    I would say it's easy to go through the motions sometimes, especially if you have a lot of shows, like I have a lot of shows. I think always bring one hundred and ten percent and always try to bring a good vibe to your performances.

Brian:    To say more, how do you bring a good vibe? What does that mean? 

Jason:    It does seem like a simple thing but say you're in a bad mood. You show up at the venue and you kind of go through the motions of your show. I've seen people do this. It's a human nature, you can do this. It's really contagious to your audience and then your audience to your venue. Sometimes I think just kind of escaping into the music is maybe the answer to that. Allow yourself to kind of get lost in it.

Brian:    One hundred and ten percent.

Jason:    Bring it, show up every time if you can. I'm guilty of not doing it every single time too. I try.

Brian:    You notice I. If you learn to recognize it, you can also fix it half way through too. You could realize, oh god I'm not doing it. I got to bring it. After that break, you can come back and bring some more.

Jason:    Bring it.

Brian:    That's awesome. Now, folks want to find out more about you. Where's the best place for them to find you?

Jason:    Say visit the website, if you can. Www.jasonmasi.com. Last name spelled M-A-S-I. That's kind of the hub where you can get the links to everything else, the Facebook, the Twitter, the Instagram. That's where I would say to start if you're just a Facebook person, and you want to skip the website, I try to stay up to date with my friend page. You can friend me.

Jason:    I put my regular shows, weekly on there where I'll be. Then I do my special events, I'll put it on my fan page. I'll invite people from the fan page.