Hot off his appearance at Cavendish Beach Music Festival and with Merritt Rockin' River Fest (be sure to enter our contest HERE) and Boots and Hearts Music Festival coming up, Jojo Mason is making his way around the country this summer! He tells us about his highlights this year, the moment that he knew he was going to pursue music professionally and why he loves country music!
She's Gone Country: It has been a really busy and successful few months for you, what are you most looking forward to this year?
Jojo Mason: I think what I’m looking forward to the most is to see how much I grow as a person, and mature as a musician. Over the last year me and my team at ManicDown Music Inc. have accomplished an incredible amount and had quite a bit of success so we’re looking forward to see what we’re capable of with a powerful machine like 604 Records behind us and guiding us in the right direction!
SGC: Was there a pivotal moment when you knew that you were going to focus on being a musician professionally?
JM: I give a ton of credit to my Producer, Dan Swinimer. We were sitting around a fire 2 years ago, having a super intense heart to heart. We talked about family, relationships and life, past and future. I was still very sceptical about being able to make it as a musician, and had a ton of self worth issues I hadn’t dealt with at the time and Dan said to me “Give it 2 years.. give it 2 years and put everything you have into something new and potentially life changing and if by that time we haven’t gotten anywhere or made any waves or even made you a better person then you can re-evaluate your situation.. What do you have to lose?” I’ll never forget that day, and I’ll never forget the feelings I felt that night.
SGC: What is it about country music that really speak to you?
JM: Country music isn’t just lyrics, it isn’t just a melody or a catchy hook. Country music is a feeling. It has the capability to make you feel familiar emotions that you need to feel every day and it allows you to open yourself up and experience feelings you never thought you had. One end of the spectrum to the other, It’s quite a rollercoaster to be on and I love everything about it.
SGC: What influences your songwriting the most? What inspires you?
JM: Nothing inspires me more than experiences. All the things I’ve gone through, good and bad, influence my outlook on life and how I see the world, which ultimately comes through on paper. I’m all about love and good vibes and that’s what I want to portray in my music. I want people to be able to feel like they know who I am after listening to a song or two.
SGC: How does playing a big festival show , differ from playing your own shows?
JM: Well the biggest crowd I’ve ever played for was 400 people.. and from what I hear, Cavendish Music Fest is one of the best supported festivals by country music fans in the nation and I’m just excited to be a part of it!
SGC: How does it feel to have such a supportive and thriving country music scene in Canada?
JM: It feels amazing! One of the reasons I decided to go with country music was because it’s all about helping and supporting each other no matter how competitive the industry is, the ego’s get checked at the door and we all want nothing but the best for each other. Not to mention, country music has the most supportive and loyal fans in music period. Can’t even believe how lucky I am to be a part of it!
SGC: What advice would you give to musicians considering pursuing a career professionally?
JM: Simple really, be who you are and no one else. Believe in what you are as a person and what you bring to the table. The minute you start to doubt yourself is the minute you’ve lost. Everyone gets to be the hero of their own story so just keep the faith and trust in the process.
SGC: How important is social media as a tool to connect with your fans?
JM: I’m still learning the whole social media game but as a fan of music, I know how important it is to feel wanted and connected. I’ve been a fan of music forever and have met some artists that I look up to and I know that feeling. Times are changing and social media is the fastest and most convenient way to stay connected!
SGC: Is there an artist that you would have loved to get a Tweet from when you were a kid?
JM: I just got a twitter account last year. I would LOVE to get a tweet from Brad Paisley. He’s easily up there with top 5 favs.
SGC: What's on your iPod? Who have you been listening to lately that you think people should check out?
JM: You wont just find one thing on my ipod. I listen to everything from old school Brad Paisley to Craig David to R. Kelly to Celine Dion to Justin Bieber! I just appreciate good music.
SGC: What would you say has been one of the coolest moments/highlights in your career that really made you realize you had chosen the right path for yourself?
JM: Probably one of the coolest things that’s happened to me thus far was at my last show in Vancouver, BC. It was the first time that I could see and hear the crowd singing the actual words to my songs. I’ve never experienced what it would feel like watching that but believe me when I tell you, it’s extraordinary.
SGC: What can people expect from you next?
JM: Album! Me and my team at ManicDown Music Inc. and 604 Records are working hard everyday trying to get an album finished for you guys!!
SGC: And last but not least, is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked, maybe rehearsed your answer in the mirror, and no one has ever asked it? Here's your big chance!
JM: Boxers or briefs? Someone has yet to make my dream question come true!
To be completely honest, I’m an open book. I’ve bared my heart and my soul, my perfections and most of my imperfections to the public and want that to be what I’m known for. Being open, honest and giving the best hugs.