An Interview with Jason McCue

Jason is a really talented dude! He will be playing at the finals for Sound Off!, the PNW's largest battle of the bands on 3/11. He is our favorite to win. Buy tickets here. I emailed Jason some questions. He emailed me his answers. Enjoy.

Photo by Haley Ford


How long have you been making music?
I've been making music since like early high school with a band called WET . Except now there's a famous Wet out there, but we weren't hipster-dipster alt-techno electronic music. But I began to mess around with recording on GarageBand toward the end of my senior year of high school. When I went to college, I started doing the sad-folk genre because no one wanted to jam with me (sad face). 

Tell us about your KEXP In-Studio performance!!!!
It was so cool!! I felt so official, and the room was like a spaceship with the different lights and beep-boop sounds and big panels with lots of buttons on them. I was having so much fun with it all. They gave me tons of free coffee in their fancy green room, and I got to sign my name next to Pearl Jam on their wall of performers. It was pretty nuts having the cameras that close to my face while I was singing, but I got over that pretty quick. But overall, I'm excited about it all. I've been watching KEXP In-studios since before I even thought about moving to Seattle, so I'm thrilled to have my own now.

Top 5 ways you're preparing for Sound Off?
5) Listening to "My Heart Will Go On" by the Celine Dion every hour on the hour
4) Watching that scene in "Kill Bill" where Uma Thurman fucks up all those bad guys a lot
3) Mashed potatoes and tears
2) Really trying my hardest not to think about it too much
1) Little bit of that crack-cocaine in Shitty Jeff's shed on 16th ave

How many of the tracks on your latest record have to do with your Lady Voldemort/mackin' out on marching band buses?
Try to embarrass me all you want, I'll admit to the public proudly that my first kiss was in the back of a school bus on the way home from a marching band competition. I don't even care. 

How has your identity as a 'cinnaginge' changed since moving to Seattle?
I definitely feel more accepted. Before moving to Seattle, I would have to dye my hair every week or wear funny hats to hide my strange hair color. Now, I'm all natural and proud of it.

What the fuck is next for Jason McCue?
I'ma go write an English paper, drink too much milk, and sleep until tomorrow. After that, only Future Jason knows.


Thanks Jason. Love you!