For my first artist interview, I interviewed Jason Wilkes. He is an amazing musician and it has been incredible to work with him! We conducted the interview over email today. Here we go!
When you record your One Man Band videos, what do you record first?
I typically start with the rhythm acoustic. Whichever part that carries the load of the song. Then I add things one at a time as I hear them. The videos are missing some things that are in the original versions of the songs and have some others added elements that aren’t usually in the song. I just put whatever in there as I go along.
Thanks! Glad you like it. I’m not totally sure about another one soon. At some point, yes. It’s just not my focus right now. The next album I do though (whenever that is) will be the new stuff I’ve been doing. Likely just under my full name.
Honestly I’m not sure haha. I wrote a number of songs after Attack but it was early in the writing process for Rebels. I haven’t seen the track listing for the new record yet. There’s a possibility some of my songs made it on there but if I had to guess I would say probably not. Since typically the songs that are written first get phased out by newer, better songs. I honestly haven’t even thought to what songs they went with.
High Flight Society. We put everything we had in that band. It built the foundation that I still stand on as a musician. I wouldn’t trade what us four had for anything. Outside of the relationships in my life, High Flight holds the space closest to my heart. Which specific song though, I’m not sure. Today is the 4 year mark of when High Flight’s drummer passed. So in this moment the most special song I’ve written is “What Are We To Do” off of WILKES, Shells EP. I wrote that song about losing Scotty. Probably the most special song I’ve ever written isn’t on any project. It’s called “Real Love” and it’s the song I wrote to propose to my wife. The last lyric is “will you marry me.”
Israel. I’ve been once and am going back again in July. I will likely go once a year from now on as long as I can make it happen. It’s hard to put into words. It’s just an amazing place.
Everyone considers me a rock guy because of my music career to date. However, I didn’t even listen to rock music at all until I joined High Flight. Before that I only listened to pop, southern gospel, and country music. Foo Fighters is pretty much the only rock band I listen to consistently. I’m a pop guy. Pop, Pop/rock, pop/country, etc. Performing rock music is one of my favorite things… I just don’t super enjoy listening to it for the most part.
The Super Bowl with Brandon Flowers.
Finally, I really miss the “Mouth Of the South” segments on Bus Banter, could you give us a Southern word and it’s definition?
I don’t remember what all words I did on that ha. My go to though is “rurnt” since that is one of the main ones that have had people asking me what the heck I’m talking about on the road. Rurnt generally means “ruined” or “spoiled.” A bad banana can be Rurnt. A spoiled kid could also be “rurnt.” Just incase I did that one on Bus Banter and forgot I’ll give you one other quick thing. In general when speaking southern you have to drop the g’s off of the end of most words. Runnin’, lookin’, hollerin’, sangin’, writin’, etc. If you hear a person who claims to be southern say they are “listening to music” for instance… they are not a real southerner (or have had their amazing accent negatively influenced by an outsider). If they were truly southern they would say they were “listenin’ to music.”