Jason Boesel, is the drummer for the likes of Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, and Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band. Now he is guitarist and singer for his self titled solo project. The music weaves in and out with some resemblances to the bands he has previously worked with, while straying away very naturally into his own sound. There are songs that remind you of sitting on the beach and songs that would fit nicely on a road trip. Here, Jason was kind enough to explain a bit about the process leading up to the making of 'Hustler's Son.'
1. How did this solo project come about?
I started writing songs a while ago. After playing them for friends and being encouraged, I started to set my sites on recording a record. I did it!
2. How would you explain the difference between working solo as opposed to working with a band?
Well, there's no one else to put up with. There's also no once else to help. No one to count on but yourself. If the song sucks, there is only you to blame.
3. Did you have a certain sound you were going for or even didn't want to veer too much towards?
I don't know if there was a specific sound that I was going for. I sort of had a way I wanted to make the record and I thought that that way would lead to a sound that I liked. I think it did.
4. Being known as a drummer, how did switching to the guitar differ in the process?
It didn't feel that different, actually. Whether I'm writing the song and singing it, or just playing drums, I think of songs in the same way. I think I will feel the biggest difference when I start performing the songs live.
5. Did you have songs already written before starting the project, or did it all come together once you decided on doing an album?
I had some song written before I seriously started considering recording an album.
6. Where do you draw your influences from?
I draw my influences from all over. Music, photography, experience, etc…. I love great song writers like Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt, and I also like great music, like Reggae music, that just elicits a feeling. There's so much to be influenced by.
7. What are your expectations for this project as a whole?
My expectations are pretty limited. I wanted to release my record, play some shows and see how it goes. So far, so good.
8. What do you enjoying doing on your time off?
I love reading, playing tennis… I don't have much time off. There seems to be some music that needs playing.
9. Who is someone you'd like to drum for?
I would love to drum for Taylor Swift or the Killers. I would love to play drums on a Nigel Godrich record, or a T Bone Burnett record, too.
10. What are some bands you are currently listening to?
I'm not really listening to any bands. There's a song by band called the Pioneers that I've been listening to a lot. I think it's on the soundtrack to a movie I've never seen. Some old favourites/favourite records?
Blood on the Tracks is my favorite record. Appetite for Destruction is a flawless record. Slint's Spiderland is an old favorite. PJ Harvey Dry is great, too. The drums on that record changed my life.
Anything you're looking forward to being released?
I don't know what's coming out. I try not to stay apprised of future releases.
Last cd/vinyl/digital purchased?
The last record I bought was my own. It's a tradition.
Last movie you saw & show you went to? I saw Crazy Heart and really liked it. It would seem that Jeff Bridges is the real deal.
Jason Boesel 2010 U.S. Tour Dates:
02-05 Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
02-06 San Francisco, CA - The Rickshaw Stop
02-08 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
02-09 Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
02-12 Minneapolis, MN - The Triple Rock Social Club
02-13 Madison, WI - Der Rathskeller, University of Wisconsin
02-14 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
02-15 Rock Island, IL - Daytrotter Presents at Rock Island Brewing Company
02-16 Chicago, IL - Double Door
02-17 Columbus, OH - Rumba Café
02-18 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
02-19 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
02-20 Allston, MA - Great Scott
02-21 Burlington, VT - The Monkey House
02-23 Arlington, VA - IOTA Club and Café
02-24 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
02-25 Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
02-26 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
02-27 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
02-28 Atlanta, GA - Eddie's Attic
03-02 Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack
03-03 Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
03-04 Dallas, TX - The Cavern
03-05 Houston, TX - Rudyard's
03-06 Austin, TX - Emo's
03-09 Phoenix, AZ - The Rhythm Room
03-10 San Diego, CA - The Loft at UCSD
03-11 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour