I, The Writer
I, The Writer
Their influences are incredibly diverse and all factor into their original sound: from Memphis May Fire, Blessthefall and August Burns Red, to Heart in Hand and The Ghost Inside. Their love for such a variety of genres comes through in their energetic live performance. Their ability to command and engage with audiences is evidence enough that big things lay in store for I, The Writer. 2) My name is Jason Thomas.
I was born in 1984, on June the 5th and I started writing poetry when I was 8 years old. I suspected it wasn’t considered cool for pre-pubescent boys to write poetry so the drive to write was left dormant for most of my school life. It wasn't until the end of high school that the spark to write and create surfaced again. This time accompanied by a guitar and three friends, we called ourselves Switchback. That was way back in 200? I look back on those early years, sometimes with a hint of pride, but mostly with a self-conscious apprehension.
But a journey has to start somewhere, right? In 2003, Estranged came into being which turned into a three year commitment from four musicians. Estranged produced the album Unshackled that featured Karien De Waal on bass, Alron Matthews playing lead, Brendon van Rooyen on drums and myself doing rhythm guitar and lead vocals. Estranged performed in and around JHB alongside bands and musicians like Niemand, Dan Patlansky, New Academics, Mono and Sean Hayz. After three years of playing together, the group members disbanded to pursue other projects. Alron Matthews and I continued writing and recording as Traveling Light.
We were joined by drummer Herman Rosslee and together we recorded a six-track EP in 2008 that launched at Tanz Café. Traveling Light toured Cape Town and performed in JHB until Herman had to leave to fulfill record label commitments for another band he was playing with. Alron and I kept writing and recording. It wasn’t until 2009 that I started to write and produce entirely on my own and I, the writer was born. And won’t hesitate to say, I am a proud father. I am currently working on an album split into four sections, experimenting with different genres, namely pop, rock, electronic and blues fusion. I've already shot a music video for one of the pop singles called ‘Come and see them’ in collaboration with the enormously talented director Jurgen Meekel and Sean Hayz, part-time musician and fulltime friend. It seems the harder I work the luckier I get and as a result, I, the writer has enjoyed airplay on numerous campus radio stations namely Kovsie FM, Matie FM, UJ FM, and UCT radio. The next installment is … (*drumroll*) a collaboration called ‘The creature song’ and features a piece of poetry in Serbian by Masa Milovanovic.
I'm looking to release the completed album in September and I cant wait to see you all there . Peace out Jason Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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