Jason was raised in Southern Maryland, a land of tobacco barns, blue shell crab feasts, and a large biker scene. He was surrounded and raised in a world of classic hard rock, blues, punk, and live music. Somewhere along the way, about around the turn of the millennium, someone introduced him to European metal, particularly power metal, and an entire undiscovered world had been revealed. Iron Maiden was a big part of that world.
Iron Maiden was a huge door-opener and is a big influence in his playing. "Number of the Beast" and "Powerslave" were the first albums he heard and are still a favorite of his to this day. Having only played Iron Maiden in his bedroom and dreaming of performing the songs live, he was thrilled to be asked to be a part of a tribute band, especially of this caliber. While writing his own music and playing in original bands is fun, playing in Eyes of the Nile is a great reminder of why he began listening to metal in the first place.
Influences: Adrian Smith, Brent Hinds, Dimebag Darrell, and Devin Townsend
Seven favorite albums (in no particular order):
Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
Nightfall In Middle-Earth - Blind Guardian
Leviathan - Mastodon
Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin
Clayman - In Flames
Ride the Lightning - Metallica
Deconstruction - Devin Townsend Project