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Jason knew at the age of 6, when he heard Zeppelin’s “What is and What Should Never Be” that music would forever be a part of his life. He began at the age of 12 studying and learning the tenor banjo – entirely by ear. With the uncanny ability to also play songs by ear with little or no practice, he decided to pick up the guitar at 19 to see if he could accomplish the same thing. With the help of his good friend (teaching him just the 7 basic open chords), he did.
With a Synsonics guitar and the entire Led Zeppelin catalog, he got to work. Spending upwards of 4 hours a day between college classes, Jason was determined to learn every Jimmy Page lick in the book… all by ear.
After feeling a little more proficient (about a year), Jason began to explore and emulate different guitarists from all different genres of music. Then, in the fall of 1993, he began to jam with other local bands; getting to test drive a bunch of different music personalities and get the feel for what it was like to play with other musicians instead of with a stereo. Post college and living in Chicago, he befriended a popular local singer and a folk guitarist, where they formed the short-lived band FüSE.
Fast forward 7 years later and what seemed like a lifetime of experiences during that period, he wanted to share those experiences with those who'd listen. He gathered together a select cross-section of material that would become the 2011 debut album Sonic Contrast. It's an album that spans multiple genres of music and multiple attitudes about life and his personal experiences, hence the album title.