|Everything and Nothing|
Without sounding melodramatic and self professing, I’d like to think that I have an eye for talent and when I see something I like, I immediately assume others will like it to. Call it an inflated sense of opinion, call it style, call it whatever you want…all I know is that this guy has seriously got something special.
I don’t like to call artists in South Africa, “struggling artists” but because you aren’t hanging off your stages scaffolding ala-Jared Leto style, you aren’t quite there yet. (And before we go on, can we please clarify that I’m not a 30 hours to Venus fan or whatever that pretty boy calls his group) so I’m just going to refer to them as artists, because in essence, that is what they are. They sacrifice themselves on the alter of criticism and pour their soul out in the form of notes and words. These are artists and no matter their level of fame, have managed to change lives and history a like. Now, I haven’t done something like this in a while and to be honest, I have no idea why I haven’t. It feels good to “give something back” as it may and pay tribute to a South African artist looking to make his name…just a little bit bigger.
Jason Thomas is; “I, the writer”. An eclectic cacophony of rock, electro, pop and blue all tightly woven and dissimulated from each other to produce what is honestly one of the more unique sounds I have heard in a long time. Working out of Johannesburg, Jason is a lover, a poet and a true South African. He claims to have been writing such poetry since the age of 8 and has yet to stop producing lyrics and rocking rhymes since. Initially forming a band, Switchback, somewhere in 2000 things began to develop for Jason and even though most of his adolescent life went by without delving too deeply into his writing ability, the formation of Switchback set him off on a musical pursuit which has grown from strength to strength. In 2003, the formation of his second band, Estranged saw some great break-through success that had his and his 4 piece do some light touring as well as realizing an album by the name of “Unshackled”. After 3 years of on and off touring and producing the group disbanded.
Jason and his right hand man Arlon Matthews have carried on writing and producing since then forming a band called Travel Light who together with a drummer recorded a 6 track EP in 2008.
In 2009, he focused more on writing and producing on his own music and “I, the writer” was born.
He is currently working on an experimental project infusing poetry and his love of rock, electro and blues. He has put himself out there to produce a music video for one of his rocking singles, “Come and see them” in collaboration with an immensely talent director by the name of Jurgen Meekel and a close friend Sean Hayz.
As “I, the writer”, Jason has received a decent amount of airplay of the past year on major campus radio stations. He next project being a lunge into the more experimental world of poetry and music as well as a much anticipated release of his new album in September this year.
This one muso who is definitely worth a listen, a follow and if you’re lucky, he might even buy you a beer.
Website – Coming soon!