Writing/recording opportunities, live gigs and tour considered for the right fit.
Jason, originally from Brooklyn, New York, started piano lessons at age 7. Briefly leaving the NYC area, he went on to co-found the Buffalo-based rock/pop band “TDM”. Insisting on original music, the female-fronted quintet quickly garnered local attention, appearing on local radio and television's Eyewitness News. After their studio debut, TDM went on to perform extensively in the western NY area, and opened for Helen Reddy, The Scintas, and Ronnie Milsap, among others.
Jason, as a music major, then co-founded the reggae/ska/funk group, "The Groovy Buddhas" in the Schenectady/Albany area. Their James Brown-inspired song “Shake Your Butt” earned them significant local college airplay, and before long the group was playing extensively in Albany, Saratoga Springs, and NYC. During his college and graduate school years, Jason also was quite involved in the college a cappella scene, performing, directing and arranging for several groups, which ultimately led to a performance in Carnegie Hall. Jason was also privileged to be a part of a multi-university performance of Mozart's Requiem with a professional orchestra at West Point Military Academy's beautiful chapel. Jason regards this as one of his favorite non-rock band experiences. Another high point during this time was studying traditional Japanese music while living in Osaka, Japan.
Once done with school, Jason co-founded the progressive/pop band “Days Before Tomorrow”. Working tirelessly in Wayne, New Jersey, Jason and the band moved forward releasing their debut EP in 2006. The first track, which Jason co-wrote, “Can’t Do Anything,” was a political statement disguised as a jaded love song, and received an honorable mention in Billboard Magazine’s 14th Annual Songwriting Contest. In August 2008, a demo recording of the song “Sleepwalking” (from the band’s 2009 CD, The Sky Is Falling, of which Jason wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 13 songs) received an honorable mention in Billboard Magazine’s 15th Annual Songwriting Competition. Jason, of course, also performed on the CD, and a number of tracks were recorded at The Operating Room as well.
The Sky Is Falling was produced by legendary rock producer Ron Nevison (Led Zeppelin, The Who, Heart, Jefferson Starship, Europe, Kiss, Damn Yankees, and more), and was mixed by Grammy award winning engineer Earl Cohen (Christina Aguilera, Usher, Will Smith, Tina Turner), who first began working with Days Before Tomorrow in 2008 while they were recording a single for the compilation CD, Hair Apparent: The Main Man Records Tribute to Hair Bands. In 2009, The Sky Is Falling won Record of the Year at the 2009 LA Music Awards. Jason looks at the experience as a time of tremendous growth and development, and is thankful to have worked with some very talented people.
Despite the success, Jason relocated from the tri-state area to Arizona. Jason's latest endeavors include the creation of the Operating Room, a Pro Tools based Professional Recording Studio, and further development of BuckyTunes Publishing, LLC. Jason is an ASCAP member as well.
Jason over the last several years has been working with Arizona-based pop/R n B artist Promise, whom Jason is writing for and co-producing. Promise has worked alongside world-renowned producers and writers such as Ced Solo, the Platinum Producer for Genuine, Anthony Hamilton, and Kelly Rolland. He has also written for, and recorded songs by, P Diddy's go-to writer, "Lo". More about Promise can be found at www.promisesworld.com. By early 2015, Promise and Jason had gotten radio airplay on their single "A Millions Signs", and Jason had participated in performances promoting their music.
Since January 2014, Jason has also had the pleasure of playing keyboards for long-time friend and previous band-mate Matthew Facciolla, in the Matthew Facciolla Band. Matt has opened for One Republic, Foghat, The J. Geils Band, and Joan Jett, and his third album will be released soon. Matthew's single, "Shake the Walls", has been licensed by NBC for widespread televsion use, with several more songs planned for licensure by NBC's request. Matthew has asked Jason to be his main keyboardist, which has been very exciting and led to recording songs for the upcoming album at GCR Studios in Buffalo, produced by the Goo Goo Dolls. More about Matt can be found at www.MatthewFacciolla.com.
When not in the studio or on stage, Jason is also the Senior Keyboard Editor for MusicPlayers.com, an online music magazine for professional musicians.