Hey Jason! Thanks for chatting with us! Tell us what’s your story – who is Jason Scavone?
Hey, thanks for asking me to chat! My story isn’t incredibly unique. I’m a guy who has spent the majority of his life writing and creating music. In the mid 2000’s I started a band that had a modest amount of success. We were discovered by Eric Valentine, who is one of my all time favorite record producers. Eric spent a couple of years mentoring and recording us. We were courted by a handful of labels, and wound up signing a deal with a major. All of this at a time when big changes were taking place in the music industry, along with my own propensity toward embodying the archetype of a self-destructive rock n’ roll cliche, unfortunately led to our inevitable demise. It wasn’t all bad though. In fact a lot of it was amazing. I learned about writing music. I learned how to make records with heart and intention. I traveled the country and played shows with some really cool bands, and I got to meet and write with some people who’s music I grew up listening to and who I admired.
After all of that, I took a little time away to get centered and refocus the trajectory of my life. I recorded some of my songs, and collaborated with some kick ass players and record makers here and there. I engineered and produced records in Charlotte, NC, worked writing and licensing music, and most importantly, I started a family and began to learn what it means to give the largest part of myself to someone else. Basically, I grew up.
Recently though, I realized that I was missing something. I needed to reconnect with my own music. I began writing a lot, spending late nights after hours at the studio molding songs, and the next thing I knew, I had Find Today – my new EP.
What can we expect from your upcoming Find Today EP?
I’m a little older now, a little more grown up, and a lot more comfortable with me. I think this EP reflects that. Find Today is a collection of songs that I wrote over the past couple of years. I began working on the record on my own in NC, but at a certain point I was losing my ability to be objective and needed some help finishing these songs before I edited myself into oblivion. I wound up meeting an amazingly talented songwriter/producer named Joe Pisapia, and finished the EP at his studio in Nashville, TN. Joe and I produced and mixed the EP, and played most of the instruments. We brought in Nashville drummer Sam Smith who plays drums with Ben Folds, and Roy Agee (former trombone player for Prince) to arrange and play horns.
I like to call Find Today “classic pop.” There is a modern pop sensibility in every song, but with the sonic approach of my favorite records of the 70’s and 80’s.
What’s your writing process like?
I hear music always so most of my song ideas never make their way outside of my own head. There’s just too much to write it all. The ones that do make it out usually start with a melody for me, and often times without even having an instrument in my hands. I’ll hear a melody and I’ll sing some gibberish over it until a word or phrase comes through me that I know was meant for that melody. Sometimes I think I’m just in the right place at the right time. It’s like there’s all of this information and energy transmitting and if I’m in the right spot, I can receive it in a way that makes something beautiful. Later I’ll sit down at the piano, or pick up a guitar and try to find a colorful way to harmonize the melody. I’ll talk to it and ask it what we’re trying to say until it becomes clear.
Name your top three musical influences.
This is hard to say. I’ve had so many musical influences over the years. I was listening to a lot of Peter Gabriel and Daniel Lanois while making the Find Today EP. Top 3 that have made the biggest impact on me musically over the years though, would have to be Bob Dylan, Big Star, and Elliot Smith.
What’s the music scene in Charlotte, North Carolina like?
There are a so many incredibly talented people in Charlotte. Some of the best musicians I have played with, and a few of my favorite songwriters are here.
If you could play at any venue or festival what would it be?
This isn’t something I’ve ever really thought about. I’m happy playing music anywhere, but I guess playing Red Rocks would be pretty cool.
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