Sometimes I think Lifehouse writes songs with me in mind. It’s like every album they’ve ever put out was talking to me and guiding me through whatever ish was happening in my life at the moment. I can’t tell you how many times I played songs like “Hanging By A Moment” and “You And Me” on repeat over the past ten years. They just pull at my heartstrings empower me to stop moping and start singing to myself in front of my mirror in my undies. And somehow, that makes everything better.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to interview one of the men behind the Lifehouse success: lead singer and songwriter, Jason Wade. I was so excited to have the opportunity to interview him I had a perma-grin spread across my face for an entire week. Lifehouse’s music is some of the most-played on my iPod and, duh, he’s the one writing those most-played songs! How could I not be excited to speak with him!?
And so I did. And I’ll just go ahead and say it: he is a hot commodity. Can I also go out on a limb here and say he has a zexy phone voice? But I guess that just comes with the “lead singer” territory.
5 Questions We Ask Everybody
1. What’s your favorite college memory/most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
Well, I actually barely graduated high school so I don’t really have a college memory. The most trouble I’ve ever been in…we were on tour with Matchbox 20 about 10 years ago and uh, the three of us, it was the first time we were traveling without a tour manager and we were actually an hour early for our flight. But, we were at the gate and we were having such a good time that we actually just missed our flight, and we almost missed the gig. Luckily we got on the next flight, but it could have been really bad.
2. What are five things you cannot live without?
Computer, iPod, acoustic guitar, some sort of a book… What is that four? Um, my cell phone.
3. What is your motto/advice you live by?
Probably, live every day to the fullest because you don’t know how long you’re going to be around.
4. What is your favorite song to belt out at the bar/car/karaoke?
Let’s go with ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey. That is a guilty pleasure.
5. Ten years from now you will be…
Questions We Ask Jason Wade
1. If you could have a room full of anything, what would it be?
Probably those jelly beans, the butter popcorn ones. I like those. A lot of people think they are gross, but I actually like them. I kind of go back and forth, but I was obsessed with them for two years.
2. Who inspired you to get started in the music business?
I would have to say my Mom. It wasn’t really about the business back then per say, I mean I was fifteen when I started playing guitar and for me I was kind of going through a difficult time when my parents got divorced. We moved around a lot so I didn’t have any close connections with any people so I was kind of coming from a place of isolation. I was kind of writing these songs, and as soon as I made some connections in Los Angeles a bunch of these producers and record labels started to freak out on these songs I was writing. So it kind of happened that I wasn’t really looking for it, it just kind of found me when I was fifteen or sixteen.
3. What has been the biggest moment of your career thus far?
We had an opportunity to open for The Rolling Stones for three shows back in 2002-2003. They are one of my favorite bands, so that was definitely a highlight in the last 10 years.
4. If you weren’t successful musical artists right now, what would you be doing instead?
When I was younger I was really into martial arts, I got up to brown belt and I kinda had ambitions to start my own karate studio. But I’m the kind of person that can only do one thing at a time so as soon as I got obsessed with music I put that on the back burner. But if I didn’t have music I might get back into that.
5. What can we expect from your new album Smoke & Mirrors?
This record is different from any other album we’ve made in that there’s way more collaborations. I used to predominantly write most of the songs by myself on acoustic guitar and most of the songs were coming from a really personal place, but I felt like I was at the point in my life where I kinda needed to do a little more co-writing. You know, ‘Hanging by a Moment,’ ‘You and Me’, songs from our first record like ‘Somewhere in Between,’ those were all coming from my personal relationships and stuff. But on this record I felt like I was at a place in my life where there wasn’t a whole lot of drama or turbulence going on. So I reached out to friends like Chris Daughtry to write songs with, Richard Marx, Kevin Rudolph. I wrote with my producer Jude Coal quite a bit, so I did a lot more collaborations with this record than I did in the past.
I think that this record is a bit of a departure for us, but there are songs on here that are a little bit more organic and are a little bit more reminiscent of our first record. So, I think there is something on this record for everybody who enjoys listening to Lifehouse.
The real question is, who doesn’t?