Aaron Cabott Jones
Aaron Cabott Jones in a rock singer/songwriter who has taken decades of his work and musical exploration and is finally releasing his debut work. The 10-track collection, ‘The Adventures of Aaron Cabott Jones,’ feature a plethora of tunes that Aaron holds close to his heart as an installment of his life’s work. Mastered at the famed Abby Road studios, this project weaves through Beatles inspired psychedelic pop, rockabilly, electronic-tinged new wave, and acoustic driven tunes. With songs written decades apart, this album is dynamic yet cohesive. Aaron’s musical creativity is still as vibrant as when he was a teen.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
My best friends death was the primary catalyst. I was waiting for the guys to show up for band practice and I got a call from a mutual friend, telling me he was killed in a train car crash. His parents gave me his guitar, a 1963 Fender Music Master. I promised them I would learn to play it. As I began the journey of learning, I began the journey of writing.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
We were loading in for a gig in this beautiful old theater in Toledo, Oh. and I looked up at the Marquis. And it Said "The Gayest Ball In Town" Featuring, Kannis Major (the band I was in at the time). We didn't think anything of it. Gay didn't mean "Gay" back then. We did a lot of Blood Sweat and Tears , Chicago, Stevie Wonder... Earth Wind and Fire... etc. So after load in and sound check.. we're sitting around talking, and noticed men brining ball gowns with them into the theater. Ahh, we thought, costume party! But it was rather odd to us that there weren't any women around... Later all these men filled the theater in ball gowns.... We were literarily playing to a theater full of cross dressers! Later during a break I was walking up the isle to get a drink, and this tall "beautiful", crossdresser said to me.. "Oh aren't you a cutie!" And planted a kiss write on my lips! I was spitting the rest of the night. I'm wired that way, so it was a problem. We almost didn't finish the gig. Of course a lot has changed in our culture since then.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Up to this point... Releasing Adventures. The music on this record is stuff that remained unreleased for years because of a lot of self doubt. I had it mastered at Abbey Road in London by Alex Wharton, who's done some work with Paul McCartney and mastered both Beatles BBC record sets. Alex sent along a note after one of the sessions, commending my music. So that was really cool.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Hmm... Well, I cant sit down and say; You know, I'm gonna write a song about my dawg... I really have to be moved by something. Effected by an event or feel deeply about it. Even if it's funny. Otherwise it's empty and a cold exercise in word play. "Chewing On The Bone" Is a song motivated by political corruption and the plight of the dreamers. When I see that the words are manifesting themselves in a way that correspond with how I feel, I sketch them out and keep working them until I can present the clearest, most impactful emotional mind picture with as few words as possible.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Stop monopolizing the industry! But thats like asking a lion to give up his kill. Sony, Universal Music group, Warner music group; make up almost 80 percent of the music market or even more depending on the year, although it was estimated to be about two-thirds in 2016. (info from the balance). Around 02' I think it was, Warner wouldn't release Wilco's ...Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. And let em walk... Scott free. No court battle... Nothing; the band got a free album. They went to Reprise Records, got a new contract! YaY... Reprise is a subsidiary of Warner Music. So, what was the point? Ego plays such a frivolous but enormous roll in the music industry. The best advice I can give.. is, watch Tom Petty's Running Down A Dream, documentary. That will give you an inside view of what still happens today.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Tom Petty. Sadly, thats impossible now. Because he really stood up for justice in the industry. And from all accounts, he was easy to work with... just seemed to be a guy you'd want to jam with and just might be easy going enough to jam with me too!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Get your songs solid... Work on that first. Then open up and play... improvise, see how you can take the song in new directions. For a show, I meditate... Be prepared. You owe your audience that. But I relax and get into the place I want to be emotionally. The rest will take care of it's self.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Feel It Shine was really a challenge. The song structure was there. But the lyrics weren't finished. And I finished writing them literally as we were recording. We were recording on a 24 track analog Studer machine, and had to take the reels off the deck and turn the tape over to get this reverse piano effect. Well that takes a while... So in those moments I wrote choruses or finished a verse. during a break... And the studio was two hours away (it was a pain to work long distance back then... 1993. I didn't know what the producer had arranged So, that song was written on the fly.
Please take a moment to enjoy his song "Feel It Shine"
What's coming up in the future?
I have more music from the backlog of songs and some new stuff. I've done a fare amount of work in film as well (directing), so Im going to be working on some videos to support the songs on the Adventures album.
Where can fans can access your music.