“Music takes me to another place. My mind transforms me into another person. The power of the music and your voice together, influencing the mood, creating a pulse, it’s an incredible feeling.” – Jason Pope- Portland

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Jacqueline Jax logo photoGETTING TO KNOW JASON POPE…
Interview by Jacqueline Jax / Radio host & music journalist

I knew I wanted to be in music when……
I was in Junior High and I realized I had the confidence to be a component in a group, trying to play music. I jammed with my first guitar player in 8th grade. I met him at a music store and he was excited that I could sing. He was much older, a bit of concern to my parents, wondering what his intentions were, but it was all about the music. We jammed for awhile, he introduced me to his “rock works”. I think he wanted to share his music but also wanted an audience, as most guitar players do.

Give it All…

is the story of a guy trying to convince his girl that he’s going to “give it all” to their relationship. She’s worried that he’s not going to stick around and he’s trying to persuade her that he is all in. The underlying theme is to Give It All in everything you do. It’s a song of inspiration. The song was written pretty quickly. The concept came really fast. It’s one were I had written the music first and I let the song tell me what it was looking for. It’s just how it works sometimes.

Live music…

Great thing about Portland is that there are so many venues for so many different kinds of live music. Even the tiny spots that don’t have a lot of room to accommodate a music crowd, because it’s Portland, they will still have music. People got to have it. It brings folks in, brings them together. Portland also has a big blues scene. We are saturated with Blues clubs and the world renowned, Waterfront Blues Festival which of course inspires a lot of people/ musicians. I’ve had the amazing opportunity to play at the Blues Festival on two different occasions. I think the best venues in town are The Aladdin Theater and Roseland. Both provide great national act entertainment as well as local talent. The best thing about Portland is the music versatility. I think new music styles are being born here every week.

I love social media….

I think it’s the greatest thing in the world to be able to reach out to everybody at the touch of a button. How can you not love that? The downside is having to maintain it. I almost need somebody else to keep up on the social media so I can continue being creative. Sometimes, being a creative person, you just need to time to sit and think about stuff and that can save you a million steps in the end if you’ve already thought things through. I love being able to reach out, but it is hard to find the time in all reality.

My First concert was…
Actually, Van Halen at the Memorial Coliseum here in Portland. It was awesome. That’s when I went “yeah I definitely need to be a musician”.

My favorite artist is…
That’s not really a fair question, there are too many. I would have to say on equal footing would be Level 42 and Earth, Wind and Fire. Of course Jamie Lidell is up there too, his fresh style of soul, funk and groove. He actually showed me that I could do what I’m doing right now, with my own stuff. If you have the means, do it! They all influenced me because of their outstanding vocals, vocal harmonies and melodies & song writing. Its all great material that moves you in so many different directions. It’s almost scientific to me. I never got to see Earth Wind and Fire live, but I’ve seen Level 42, twice, and that was an over the top experience.

My rock and roll style icons are….
I really don’t have a style icon. Look decent and focus on the show and especially, the sound!!. I like to be comfortable. It’s all about the music for me. I’ve got to be comfortable to make good music.

My favorite part about playing music in front of a crowd…
Music takes me to another place. My mind transforms me into another person. The power of the music and your voice together, influencing the mood, creating a pulse, it’s an incredible feeling. They are relying on you to tell the story, with good sound, people appreciate that and I feel the reciprocation. I love how music allows me to meet new people and bring friends together. It’s all about connecting with music. Peace, love & harmony.

Band I’m dying to see live…
Jamie Lidell would be near the top. I would love to see WAR. They are a group I was turned on to at a young age and being an older band there is little chance I’d get to see them anymore. That would be a real treat. I give them full credit for my rhythmic prowess. Obviously you have to have rhythm but as a singer it is incredibly important to deliver your messages in good rhythm and vernacular.

My name is Jason R. Pope. I am a singer, songwriter from Portland, Oregon. Influenced by Earth Wind and Fire, War, Jamie Lidell, old school funk, soul and pretty much anything that moves me. Sugarspread is my first solo project. I’m also enjoying singing, writing and playing live with a local band, Mojo Phooey. I’m currently producing a body of work for Sugarspread and hoping to compile an album in the very near future.

 

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