Jason Miller – R.A.G. Interview

DISCOGRAPHY

gODHEAD (1995) ♦ Nothing (1996) ♦ Power Tool Stigmata (1999) ♦ 2000 Years of Human Error (2001) ♦ Evolver (2003) ♦ Various Soundtracks

gODHEAD is a band that has to be experienced first hand. Their live shows are a mix of gothic/industrial fused with heavy rock and programming. The band is made up of Mike Miller (Lead guitar/backing vocals), Method (programming/bass guitar), James O’Connor (drums) and a lead vocalist/guitarist who draws attention anywhere he goes…Jason Miller. They were the first and only band to be signed on Marilyn Mansons’ record label before the labels’ demise.
Jason gave us an inside look at which bands make the best tour mates, what other projects he’s involved with and the politics of touring.

Rhythm, Art & Groove- Tell us how the band formed?

JM The lineup that we have now is kind of pieced together along the way.  I
had a band called “Blind”, and we were a 3-piece.  It was me and 2 other guys who aren’t in the group anymore.  We became “gODHEAD” and added a guitar player, which was Mike.  Then we added Method just as programming, which made 5 of us.  The original 2 guys bowed out, and Method switched over to bass additionally to programming, then we got James.  We were a group for 5 years like that, and then we threw out James and then brought James back.  That’s where we’re at now.  I think this lineup works the best.  There’s something about the four of us that really works.

RAG – How did you decide on the name of your band?

JMIt was just a word that I always thought would be really cool for a band name.

RAG – Who were your major influences?

JM    Oh God … there’s so many.  Ozzy(Osbourne) was a big hero, Robert Smith from The Cure, David Bowie.  It kinda changes.  My first records were Beatles records.  Everybody in this band creative come from different backgrounds.  Method is from more of the electronic side.  Mike’s more from the rock side.  I’m kinda somewhere in the middle. Depeche Mode to Kiss to Pink Floyd to The Smiths.  I was never really a “music snob”.  There might have been a time when I was younger when I was just into “metal only”.  But then I quickly broke out of that.  I sort of have an open mind about what’s good and what’s not.

RAG – What were some of the other bands that you’ve been in?

JM- This has really been my only band besides Blind.  I was in other bands when I was growing up and stuff.

RAG – High school bands …

JM Right…since I was 15 or 16.

RAG – You just finished a tour over in Europe.  How did that go?

JM Really… really good.  We had 12 shows and I’d say 8 out of the 12 were really, really good.  Out of the 8…4 were fantastic!  All the England shows were good.  Denmark and Holland were awesome.  The Germany shows were kind of shaky.  Maybe they didn’t promote them well enough or something.

RAG – Any memorable experiences?

JM Well … I really don’t do drugs or drink or anything like that, but walking into a “hash bar” in Amsterdam and, like, just getting high from walking in there. (laughing).  I was like “I need to go to sleep” but I just kept ordering cappuccinos.

RAG – Then you couldn’t sleep.

JM Right!  (still laughing).

RAG – What were some of the other bands that you’ve toured with?

JM There’s been so many.  The obvious ones… Marilyn Manson, Disturbed, Rammstein.  Before that we toured with GWAR, Christian Death, Hordis, Static and a bunch.  We’ve just toured with Saliva.

RAG – How did that turn out?

JM–  Pretty good.  Their crowd was pretty open-minded … thank God.

RAG – Any memorable experiences there?

JM Well, Rammstein was the nicest band to us.  The nicest band to us ever!  Everybody I’ve mentioned was always cool.  There’s kind of a “Rock ‘n Roll Brotherhood.”

RAG – Let’s talk about Marilyn Manson for a moment.  What was it like to tour with him?

JM The shows were great. The before and after stuff was kind of really strict … like “You couldn’t go here, or you couldn’t stand here …”You gotta stay here”.  That kinda squashed the fun, but the performance part was great!

RAG – You were the only band on his PostHuman record label.  How did that come to be?

JMThat was all cool. Mansons’ manager saw us play and really liked us.  Everything was going really well and then the record company that funded PostHumanPriority went out of business.  That pretty much put PostHuman out of business, so we’re the only band on the label (laughing).  Now we’re on a new label, but who knows where we’ll end up for the next record?  I don’t think I’ve ever been on a label … the same label for more than one record.  We’re one of those bands who gets enough success to get the next record out, but we’ve never really had the breakthrough.

RAG – Where in the U.S. is your biggest fan base?

 JMProbably Baltimore and Washington…just because we’ve played there so much.

RAG – What about over in Europe?

JM – London…for sure.

RAG – How did you come up with the idea to sing with the gas mask for the song “Penetrate?”

JM I don’t remember how we came up with the idea. Method and I made that thing.  It was like this child’s toy that we put inside a gas mask.  I can’t remember what inspired us to make the mask.

RAG – That’s the one thing I remember from the first time seeing you live
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JM Cool.

RAG – How does your latest release “Evolver” differ from your previous records?

JM It’s more rock. It’s just another progression of the band.

RAG – You also did a song on the Punisher soundtrack with Ben Moody (former Evanescence).  Tell us about that.

JM We became friends and we were actually supposed to tour with Evanescence.  He put us on that tour and then when he quit the band, we got kicked off of the tour because we were “Bens’ band”.  Amy (Lee) didn’t want us on there any more.  Ben and I decided that we were going to collaborate on some things, so I flew out to Little Rock (Arkansas).  We worked on some songs and he was, like “I have this song for the Punisher”.  We took a couple of days and went over to NRG and recorded it.  We’re gonna work on some other songs for soundtracks.

RAG – Any movies that you can tell us?

JM “Resident Evil 2” and maybe “Blade III”.  So … we’ll see.

RAG – In addition to your music, you’re also involved in other projects.  Tell us a little about them.

JM I do voice overs for cartoons and stuff like that.  I just did my first movie called “Bloodline – The Legend of El Chang”.  It’s gonna come out in October.  It stars Andrew Menarski, who played “Leatherface”.  He’s also in “Any Given Sunday”“Batman Returns”.  He plays the killer.  In my scene I’m opposite Gary Bullock, who played Sheriff Cable in “Fire Walk With Me”.  I love being around guys who’ve been in the acting business for a long time and give you lots of advice.

RAG – What’s your role?

JM I play this guy … There’s this bar that the characters come into.  It’s called “Purgatory”, but you’re not sure if it really is  “Purgatory” or if that’s just the name of the bar. I play this soul that’s trying to get out. I grab the main character and say a few lines … it’s a start.

RAG – Will we be able to recognize you?

JM Oh yeah … I look kinda homeless and pretty weird.

RAG – Tell us about your “voice -overs.”

JM I’m in this series called “Texhnolyze” which is out and I also did some stuff for the show “Daigunder” which is on ABC.  I’ve done a lot of Japanese animations. And I’ve just done “Ghost in the Shell” for the Cartoon Network.
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RAG – Tell us about your commercial recording studio.

JM We just opened that.  It’s going good.  It’s another outlet for us.  We can do the next album there and also have other clients in there.  Work with new bands.  I also do voice over business in there as well.

RAG – Is there anything that you want to say to your friends/fans?

JM If they’re reading this … “hi”.

Troy- I want to thank Rhonda Saenz and Jason Miller for their support with this interview.

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