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Jason Reeves Interview (pg. 2)

Jason Reeves is a talented singer-songwriter.
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Sindy: Tell us about recording your new album.

Jason: Well, Colby and I recorded our albums around the same time, but I didn’t really think about anything other than just recording, because it would probably make me crazy if I thought about how many people might listen to it. When I’m in the studio, I’m so excited about making music that I don’t really think about anything else.


Sindy: What about the title? That’s a mouthful.

Jason: (Laughs) Sure, I think the record is more a fairy tale than just a bunch of songs, so I wanted a fairy tale title. I thought about what I would name a book of stories or something like that and that was the best one I came up with.


Sindy: Now that the album’s good to go you’ll be touring. I see you’ve included a lot of all-ages shows. Was that important to you?

Jason: That’s something I’ve just recently been doing, because up until this point I didn’t have the power to tell a venue they had to be all-ages. The most frustrating thing to me about music is that a lot of people who listen to my music aren’t old enough to come see shows. I remember going to shows when I was young; you don’t have to be older to understand what is going on. If you let everyone in, more people will come, it’s pretty simple.


Sindy: I heard you have a good sense of humor while you perform? What should new fans expect to see at your shows?

Jason: (laughs) Oh man, I don’t know, I’m not the one who wrote that. I guess I try to keep it light and keep a real interactive feeling I hope. I’m not trying to seem like some rock star idol up there that can’t talk to people about real stuff or joke around. I guess that’s how I look at it, I want people to feel like they’re kind of connected to it and not set apart, so far away.


Sindy: What would you say is your strength as a performer?

Jason: I haven’t really though about that. Maybe the honesty on stage, like we were saying. I don’t take myself too seriously. Other than that I hope I play well and that my band and I bring something a little different from what you hear on the record.


Sindy: Is there anything you want to work on?

Jason: I’m still getting used to playing with a band, that’s new to me and I want to get more comfortable with that. I want to start playing more instruments too. I play a bunch but I never play them on stage, I just play the guitar, but I have to get better at them first.


Sindy: Do you have a favorite song to perform?

Jason: I really like doing New Hampshire because it’s kind of a little journey of a song. It’s got a lot of different moods and it kind of breaks down and builds up throughout. It’s fun for me to do that. Sometimes we’ll take it to a different place depending on the night, it’s more of a free-going song. It’s not the organized single, you know what I mean?


Sindy: Definitely. Well, I know everyone is excited to get your album and see you in concert. Do you have any last words for your fans?

Jason: I guess just that if you know what you want, all you need to do is never give up, and not be afraid to fail. You’ve gotta fail so many times before you learn how to not fail, maybe that’s it.


Find out more about Jason and hear some of his music on his MySpace.

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