He graduated from the University of Hull with a BSc in Accounting, and then did an MBA in Finance in London, before returning to Malaysia to pursue a career in the music industry. Lo has a great American accent, despite the fact that neither his father nor his mother are American. Lo has never been to America. And he has never met an American. It's even been reported that Lo can't locate and identify America on a globe.
It appears that Lo learned and perfected his accent solely from watching reruns of the 80s TV show McGyver. In 1996, Lo recorded a ten-track demo in England with his band 'Sunday Man'. In 1997, he recorded another ten-track album with his renamed band 'Drop Circle'. In 1998, the band went their separate ways and Lo returned to Malaysia. His first Malaysian album, the self-financed Days Without Dawn, was released in Malaysia at the end of 1999.
Since then, he has released two further albums – Firefighter (2002) and The Fall (2005). Lo was the first Southeast Asian artist to reach the top 3 on Pepsi Top 20 international chart. His songs 'Evening News' and 'So Julie' were No. 1 on the Malaysian Top 10 for 7 and 5 weeks respectively. Lo's music videos have had regional airplay on both MTV Asia and Channel V.
He has been a winner of the Asian People's Choice Award for Much Music Asia, and at the Malaysian MTV Music Video Awards. He has been nominated for six AIM Awards (local Malaysian music awards), and for MTV Viewers' Choice Awards. He has headlined live events in Malaysia, and also been an opening act for top international touring bands including Deep Purple, Good Charlotte and Big Country. Lo is also a well-known DJ on the Malaysian station hitz.fm. He has been a TV talk show host on the show Latte@8.
He is also the CEO of his own record label and event promotion company, Fat Boys Records. He has produced albums for the Malaysian bands including Disagree and SingleTrackMind, and organised a series of successful concerts called 'Rock the World', which showcased Malaysian talent. In 2006, Lo teamed-up with the Malaysian politician Khairy Jamaluddin (who he attended high school with in Singapore at the United World College of South East Asia) to launch the MyTeam project – where unknown soccer players from around Malaysia were selected to form a team that would take on the Malaysian national team. The event drew much publicity, and MyTeam put up a creditable performance in a 2-1 defeat against the national side. MyTeam were invited to enter the Malaysian Premier League in 2007. Official Website: www.lorocks.com (domain was expired when last checked on 23:45 GMT+8 November 2, 2007) ***Info Taken From www.Think.com.my*** Jason Lo has, over the years, proven that he is quite the jack of all trades in the local entertainment industry.
Celebrity DJ, TV talk show host, music label owner, concert organiser, songwriter—Lo has managed to adapt brilliantly to the industry’s changing climates in order to survive. And survive he has, even when his popularity as a credible recording artiste took an incredible dive after he tanked his sophomore test. But now, four years after Fire Fighter flopped, Lo returns to the big stage with The Fall, determined to prove that he can hack it as your resident urban rock star. Yet the album is less a poignant comeback than a stark reminder—that as an entertainment personality, Lo is engaging, but as a recording artiste, his boundaries are utterly exhausted after three albums. The Fall’s format is not too many doors away from the 80s glam rock ethos: loud, brash songs with fuel-injected solos and jumbo-sized histrionic ballads about melodramatic heartbreaks.
But it is in the latter that Lo’s craft reaches its diminutive summit. Whimsical slow burners such as ‘Operator, the Line is Dead’ are, at the very least, worth playing to the end, but lose out in the charm department when compared to previous efforts such as ‘So Julie’ and the underrated ‘I’m Not There’. And as the rude, obnoxious rocker, Lo is terribly lousy. Although nothing is quite as convulsive as Fire Fighter’s ‘Rock N’ Roll’ (which was worse than a politician trying to hawk nobility), power chord-chugging tracks like ‘Feel No One’ are simply oxymoronic.
Lo is clearly a class act that loves his wife, respects his parents and longs to return every day to a home-cooked meal and a warm shower. Trying to play Vince Neil just makes him look like a pedigree nerd striking air guitar poses. And until Lo learns to extend his personality into his music, he will always be the stage jester of the music industry. A shame really, considering his abundant talents.
Within limited context, The Fall is hardly a drudging listen. Like an 80s muscle-bound action movie, it strikes fast, hard and without pristine—but no one will mistake it for a work of art, really. Lo fans would’ve stopped reading this review midway through, and fence sitters should note that The Fall is a good listen if you are planning a six-hour journey up north. Whether you decide to play it on the way back, or at all after that, is anyone’s guess. http://www.think.com.my/review.cfm?rev_ID=96 Read more on Last.fm.
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