For Before After Again, Jason Whitcomb and Kevin Hartnell combine elements of darkwave, post punk, industrial, and electro-rock. The duo’s primary medium of communication has been music, through which they invite listeners into their discourse, into their environment, and into their thoughts.
Even though they have different interests outside of music, they get along great when it comes to music. Kevin handles the songwriting and production while Jason serves as the keyboardist and lead songwriter for the group, and together they have been steadily honing their skill.
With years of experience in music production, Jason and Kevin are able to create music that transcends all boundaries and genres.
We like to work fast to ensure our sound is fresh and not over-produced. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. We will leave it to the listener to decide 🙂
This is what the couple had to say about their new album Before After Again, the album has 11 songs on it titled, Madtown, Night Gone, Sweet Candy, Not to Speak, Dominate the Circuits, She’s So Cold, VWS, Seen It All Before, Cut, When the Pendulum Drops, Shallow .
Jason and Kevin had alot to say about their musical journey and personal life in a recent interview with Mister Styx of musicarenagh.
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What is your stage name?
◦We go by our birth names (Kevin and Jason)
Is there a story behind your stage
◦We lack the creativity to come up with cool stage names
Where do you find inspiration?
◦BAA is a project that deals with the over medication of society and maniacal leadership that controls them. There is far too much inspiration out there today.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
◦Both Kevin and Jason are classically trained musicians and have been playing since childhood. Music is a great outlet that helps us express ourselves creatively
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
◦Kevin was raised around music and art. Jason just nerded out over music and begged his parents for a synthesizer for xmas
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
◦Kevin – My uncle ushered me into the business and helped me make contacts which also led me to working as a session musician early on.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
◦We both started with pots and pans on the kitchen floor.
◦Jason went on to study as a music major in college and performed in several small projects.
◦Kevin’s uncle (a music teacher) began his formal training as well as helping him land his first professional gigs at 12 and session work at 15. Kevin studied folk/traditional music for fifteen years, has toured with various artists, is a producer, owns a small indie label (Overlook Hotel Records), and works as a composer.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and
who did you see perform?
◦Kevin – Van Halen
◦Jason – Talking Heads
How could you describe your music?
◦It’s difficult to describe really. We have several influences across many genres and try to allow the music creation to flow freely rather than to lock ourselves into a “sound”
Describe your creative process.
◦Jason – I write a keyboard riff, Kevin adds a bunch of awesome stuff, I attempt to sing quietly in the background.
◦Kevin – Jason is the primary songwriter. I work on the arrangements/production, add any additional instrumentation, and we refine it from there.
What is your main inspiration?
◦Anything that sounds original and not over-produced, We have an appreciation for the art of writing and recording.
What musician do you admire most and why?
◦Jason – If dead, I would go with Bowie because he wrote how he felt up until he died. Always a true original. If alive, I would say xxx
◦Kevin – Robert Moog for his contributions to the world of music.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your
◦I went from trying to sound like someone or something, to just letting it happen naturally, which is a much more satisfying experience.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
◦Father Time and The Grim Reaper… but seriously, I think of other musicians as pieces of puzzle with no lid on the box to tell you what it is supposed to look like when finished. They all play a role and I am ok with that
What are your interests outside of music?
◦Jason – Photography, travel
◦Kevin – Audio fiction/podcasting, photography, AI image generation
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing
◦Jason – I need an outlet. Maybe a long distance runner, or a painter. Just need a release.
◦Kevin – Teaching, albeit music/drums.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in
the journey of music?
◦Jason – Trying to make music with shitty gear. This can also be viewed as a way to handle adversity and work your craft without the technical aides that come with a hefty price tag. I would rather work hard on something and call it my own, than push a button and call it complete
◦Kevin – Finding artists you share a chemistry with and are compatible when working together. Once you do, nurture and respect it.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
◦Delete auto-tune from all computers
What are your plans for the coming months?
◦Jason – We are always writing and planning our next release. Sorry Kev, but I have a stockpile of crap!
◦Kevin – Jason IS very prolific, so I’ll remain locked in the studio, buried under projects as per usual.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
◦We are always looking for people to collaborate with. Like I said, we appreciate music and most genres, so we have opened ourselves to many opportunities to work with other musicians.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
◦First, thank you for listening to our stuff. We truly appreciate it. Second, open your mind and experience all of the great music that is out there! So many great unknown artists hoping someone will listen. Third, please come back and check up on us. We have lots more in store 🙂
Before After Again is:
Jason Whitcomb · Vocals, Backing Vocals, Synths, Drum Programming, Bass, Guitars
Kevin Hartnell · Drums, Percussion, Bass, Guitars, Synths, Drum Programming, Backing Vocals