WELCOME TO ROCKZONE.COM
REVIEWS
LIVE
FEATURES
INTERVIEWS
PHOTOGRAPHY
VIEWS
CAUSES
YOUR VOICE
CONTESTS
ABOUT
Thank you for visiting ROCKZONE.COM

SEARCH RZ:

enter artist or genre
LATEST REVIEWS

Division of Laura Lee
Das Not Compute

HorrorPops
Hell Yeah!

Piebald
All Ears, All Eyes, All The Time

Special Goodness
Land Air Sea

Premonistions of War
Left in Kowloon

Teresa Cole
Just a Matter of Time

Tattooed Soul
Get It

Gibbs Brothers
New Breed
E-mail Interview With Jason Hook
by
Samuel Barker
June 19, 2001

Jason Hook In Houston!

Samuel Barker: How long have you been playing the guitar?

Jason Hook: 23 years

Samuel: What kind of training have you received over the years?

Jason: I started taking piano lessons at age 6 .......I hated it. all I wanted to do was play drums!..................I settled for guitar 'cause my dad brought one home for me one day (I guess he figured it wouldn't be as loud.................enter the Marshall amplifier)

Samuel: What style of playing are you most comfortable with?

Jason: I consider myself pretty versatile...............with Mandy Moore I play a lot of acoustic stuff and some real articulate classical/nylon guitar stuff. Of course my heart lies in the heavy loud obnoxious rock guitar playing............

Samuel: Who were some of your strongest influences when you started seriously becoming a musician?

Jason: This seems to be a standard question for which I don't really have a standard answer. I never listened/liked guitar players..............I loved bands with great singers........ (Kiss/ Journey/Deep Purple/) My heroes were guys like Glen Hughes(Deep Purple) and Paul Stanley I loved Sting in the Police......................

Samuel: What led to you playing with the Bulletboys?

Jason: I played in a band with Mick Sweda (original BB axeman) for 2 years back in 1996 we got along great..................we are still close friends ..................when he rejoined the BB's in 1999 he only stayed in the band for about 9 months...............then called me and told me I could take the gig if I wanted it.

Samuel: Have you played in any other bands beside the Bulletboys?

Jason: I played in the Killer Dwarfs(Canada) had two bands I put together here in LA. I sunk my heart and soul into those bands trying to get a deal, one of them is a band called POWDER........( I split from POWDER to do the Mandy Moore gig)

Samuel: Do you play any other instruments?

Jason: I play piano.......(not very well.................but I can fake one or two songs well enough to make you think I can play....................works well at parties..... :-)

Samuel: Do you ever do any solo work?

Jason: yes...........eventually I'm going to put all the stuff I've done, on my website..............so people can check it out..................my manager (Jamie Talbot/Obi Steinmen) may get me involved in a solo album deal ..................but if I do that it won't be a guitar record...........it will be songs with my favorite singers and friends...............I'd like to get Marq Torien in on one or two................he's a great writer/guitar player

Samuel: I notice you play with Mandy Moore as a backup musician, do you do any studio work or other back up gigs?

Jason: Mandy is the only back up gig I have right now..................I'm very loyal and dedicated to the groups I'm in, and don't really like to have too many situations.....................it's never been about the money. I have recorded with her...........and it was a real honor..... her MD (musical director) Matthew Hager is a dear friend and has started producing her in the studio........ he has brought me in on a couple of her songs ..................god bless him.

Samuel: Has it been hard juggling the Bulletboys and playing with Mandy?

Jason: YES YES YES......and wait.....YES! there have been some real near misses........................I'm talking about flying home right after playing on the Poison Tour and going right from the airport to Mandy's rehearsal ............with no sleep and tons of Starbucks!!! .........however, I wouldn't have it any other way................I love being busy. I get bored easily with nothing to do.

Samuel: Was it fun doing those shows on the Glam Slam Metal Jam?

Jason: Probably one of the highlights of being in the Bullet Boys so far ................. I met a lot of people both fans and musicians.........(I love to meet people by the way) and heard some familiar and great music.....................chatted with Bret and C.C ................both were super cool to us. I hope we get a chance to do more.....................fingers are crossed.

Jason Hook w/ Ricky Parent!

Samuel: What happened with the tour, were you guys always just going to play the Texas shows or did something come up?

Jason: We didn't get the tour because "don't quote me on this" Znuff agreed to do it for a lower price .............one that we couldn't survive on, had we taken it.............all is fair in love and war... I have no problem with that..........................I had a great time with those guys. Ricky Parent is a hoot....... there was a moderate demand for us to do the tour so the promoter asked us to hop on the bill for the holiday shows.

Samuel: What are some pointers you'd give young musicians today who are trying to reach the level you're at?

Jason: practice, practice, practice............then move to LA you have to be good........................ success will come when preparation meets opportunity.

Samuel: Is it weird going from playing with the Bulletboys at the Poison show at the end of last week to playing Rosie O'Donnell with Mandy this week, or is it business as usual?

Jason: Let me try to explain what happens in my brain while I'm playing shows...........it never lasts long enough. when we played the poison shows, everybody was feeling on top of the world then we all come home and have to wait for the next show. Sometimes it can be weeks apart. Doing Two gigs helps fill those dreadful holes

Samuel: Does playing with Mandy ever lead to any jokes from the guys or are the rest of the Bulletboys above such male ridiculing (ha ha)?

Jason: If people make fun of me I don't really see it. I know any one who doesn't think that Mandy is Cool would really be put to the honesty test if they were offered a job working with her...................She's doing some pretty cool stuff right now..............MTV music awards, Jay Leno, Japan, Australia...........etc etc..................Celebrities and their inner world are exciting...................very exciting................I'm not ashamed to be a part of it.

Samuel: I really enjoyed looking through your website, do you run it yourself or do you have help?

Jason: I learned how to program WebPages a long time ago.....................I'm not sure why I took such a major interest in it, but it has proved to be an invaluable skill.......................I'm a MAJOR computer junkie. If you stop me at a show and want to talk software, you'll have my undivided attention for hours!.

Jason Hook!

Samuel: I notice you always have the same guitar in most of your pictures, is that your favorite guitar or just the most fit for playing with the Bulletboys?

Jason: I assume you are talking about the purple hacker? I have one or two Les Pauls that I was playing when I first joined Bullet Boys. I have old Marshall heads that need a strong guitar signal in order to distort them enough........(it's more fun that way eh?) anyway .................one day I remembered I had this old piece of shit that I made in high school shop.I put an EMG active pickup in it (cause that was cool back then) EMG's have really strong output, and it was perfect with my Marshall's so I kept using it. ..........................the only problem is the guitar looks ridiculous..........................which is fine, because I have played all the "Proper, cool" guitars for years and got nowhere ....................so I figured what the hell, stick with what makes me happy. P.S. have you seen my fur covered telecaster?

Samuel: Have you ever thought of/or already have started collecting guitars? If so, what are some of the guitars you are most proud of?

Jason: I think I have a guitar collection by accident. guitars only keep my interest for about a year......................for me I'm not into owning a lot of guitars...........they just take up a lot of space..................however there are a few that are necessary for recording ...............In my opinion, everybody should own at least one telecaster, les Paul, strat, nylon, and acoustic.............................you know, incase you need to do a session. I now have multiples of each.....................I have thought of photographing the collection and sticking it on my site.............I just haven't had the time lately.

Samuel: What would you name as your greatest accomplishment as a musician thus far in your career?

Jason: Well, this last year has been the most eventful for me.................as far as high profile activity is concerned............................. greatest accomplishment?...............I would have to say signing to Elektra NYC in 1992 with my own band No Love Lost I was 21 years old, and had never worked so hard or been more focused in my life. We were dropped from the label shortly after recording the record.................it was devastating.

Samuel: Anything you'd like to add?

Jason: Not really ..................just happy to have been asked to chat. the music business is a wild and unpredictable animal..............I'll be curious to see who I might be playing with this time next year.....................I hear MOTLEY will be needing a replacement for Mick Mars............ :-)

Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.

Are we right? What do you think? USE YOUR VOICE!




Copyright © 2011 ROCKZONE.COM. Privacy Policy.