20 Questions You Didn’t Know You Wanted to Ask… Jason Edge from The Electric Stars
How would you best describe what you do to the uninitiated?... Beautiful Music for Beautiful People.
Where would you say you are with regard to your career right now?...Second Album Syndrome!
Which song (not neccesarilly yours) best sums you/ the band up and why?... Rock n Roll - The Velvet Underground.
Who would you say has been your biggest inspiration (musically or otherwise)?... The Rolling Stones. They are the epitome of Sex, Drugs, Rock n Roll which is exactly why I started a band when I was 16.
Is there anyone amongst your influences that you think would surprise people and why?... The Carpenters maybe! Derided by kids at the time because they were unbelievably uncool. But Fab songs and What a voice!!!
What are you most proud of?...Still being here, in a band, passionate about Music.
In the quest to get the music ‘out there’ have you ever done or agreed to anything you’ve later regretted?... Every day brother! I've lost count of the times I've bent over to get the Music out there. I believe in it 100%. This isn't some shite pub band!
What’s the most ridiculous request that’s been asked of you/ the band?...Do you play any Jam!
What do you think is the secret to a good working relationship amongst musicians?...Belief in what you are, what you do and where you are going.
If you could have played on one song (that you don’t), what would it be and why?...Bowie's wonderful 'Rock n Roll Suicide'
How do you make the balance between music and personal responsibilities?...Very difficult when you live in la la land ha ha!
In light of the internet and downloading do you feel that fans are missing out on the record buying discovery/experience?...YES. Just don't understand people who don't own the CD or Vinyl. It's the attitude of someone who doesn't Really LOVE music ya know. They are just going through the motions.
Do you think that success is your motivation and do you have a preset gameplan for your music/ the band?...The motivation is to write great songs, play great gigs and release great music.
DJ’s are now as famous as a lot of the bands they play, what are your views on this and do you think it’s deserved?...Is it fuck! They are just playing records. My gran could do that.
To date, what has been your most memorable gig (either as a performer or as a fan)?...The Electric Stars headlined the 100 Club the Summer before Lockdown and it was truly Cosmic.
How do you overcome pre- gig nerves (if you get them)?...Don't really get nervous. I'm excited which might be nervous energy. But I love performing. Thats what I do. Gotta be thankful that I get to do what I dreamt of when I was in school, ignoring my teachers telling me to be a Fuckin Accountant!
When did you last write something?...Today.
Have you ever reached a point where you’ve thought about throwing the towel in and walking away (and if so, what persuaded you otherwise)?...Yes, but it lasts seconds. Then I realise that I'd be lost without Rock n Roll ha ha...
What are your views on electronics muscling in and replacing live instuments during recording?...Mmmm, tricky because Studios now are full of Technology. Its life man. But, songwriting for me will never change. As long as the soul, the spirit, the energy is still captured then I can work with it.
Lastly, thank you for your time. What made you agree to answer these questions?... You asked me and I guess I'm one of those people who just can't say no!