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Wednesday, February 28th
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Iowa native Jason Reeves is beginning to make a name for himself in the music industry. Collaborating with longtime friend Colbie Caillat on her debut album, and numerous songs, Jason has released an album of his own titled The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache and Other Frightening Tales is now available on iTunes and in stores.

Can you introduce yourself?
Jason:Yeah, my name is Jason Reeves and I'm from Iowa City, Iowa.

S:How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
J:I guess it's mostly acoustic and maybe it's new folk.

S:How long have you been singing for?
J:Uhm, about seven years.

S:What has your transition from Iowa to Los Angeles been like?
J:Uh at first it was really crazy because of how different the the two places are and how much of a contrast LA is to Iowa but, um. You know, I've gotten used to it and its actually been pretty easy and um, you know, I love California now, so. Nothing to crazy happened or nothing super difficult so you know.

S:You co-wrote some of the songs on Colbie Caillat's album, including Bubbly and Realize, are you amazed by how successful those were?
J:Yeah I am. Um, I think we both are. Its pretty surprising that all that happened.

S:How were you signed to Warner Records?
J:How was I? Um, I guess my A&R, uh, person, found me and brought me to the label and introduced me to everybody and I don't know, I just liked Warner the best. We did a bunch of meetings and a lot of talking, and we did that whole thing you know and now we're working together.

S:Whats it been like?
J:It's been really cool. It's my first time with a label so I'm learning you know, what all the differences and things you have to do when theres a label involved, and so far, it's been really good. Now I'm just trying to figure it out still really.

S:What is you favorite song to perform live?
J:Mm well, I mean that changes a lot. Depending on the night you know what songs I'm not sick of at the time, but, I have fun playing New Hampshire a lot cause we usually change it up a little every time and its not always the same so I have fun playing that one.

S:Do you prefer large venues or smaller ones to perform in?
J:Uhm, I've been liking bigger ones recently for some reason. I used to like smaller ones better, but I'm starting to like bigger ones better.

S:Who is your favorite artist or band right now?
J:Artists or bands? There's so many. There's John Stevens, Brett Dennen...maybe john mayer...they're all pretty ridiculous.

S:If you could record with any artist who would you choose?
Probably Bob Dylan and James Taylor, cause I can't choose between the, I can't choose one over the other.

If you weren't a musician what would your profession be?
J:Probably a writer,or a photographer, or a professional tree climber.

S:A professional tree climber, whys that?
J:I don't know I just like climbing trees and its fun  climbing trees and buildings sometimes.
S:Thats cool.

S:Do you have any advice for someone who might be trying to break into the industry?
J:Uhm, yeah, I don't know if I'm someone who should necessarily give advice cause I'm still learning a lot. But I guess one thing is you can't ever give up and you have to give all of yourself to whatever you want. You know, if you really want it, you have to give everything up for it.

S:What is your philosophy on music?
J:Oh, wow, I have no idea, I think that'll be something I need to keep figuring out the rest of my life. But I think music is one of the most, you know, I think its one of the most powerful things in the world and even it exists beyond the world, I think its something that connects people together on some level that you don't really understand its just sort of on a deeper level then you can really figure out. So, theres some mysterious importance to music that we don't quite understand.

S:Is there anything you'd like to say to your fans at musiqtone.com?
J:Uhm, what would I like to say? I'd like to say a lot. Tell em to, hm, tell them to do fingerpainting with their moms every Thursday while eating strawberries.
S:Haha, alright.
J:Pretty random, but it might be fun.
S:Thats very cool.

Spencer AbbottSpencer Abbott is a staff writer at Musiqtone. You can reach her at spencerabbott@musiqtone.com

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