EMQ’s With CROSSON
Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Australian Rock ‘n’ rollers, Crosson. Huge thanks to frontman Jason Crosson for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Jason Crosson from the band CROSSON. I’m the lead vocalist, writer, producer & creative designer.
I started the band 20 years ago with the concept of having 2 girls choreographed up front dressed in tailored costumes. After years of writing, demoing, and playing to small audiences, the first album was released in 2004. However, it took years of trial and error to get our sound, image and stage show to the level it is today. It really wasn’t until our 2016 album ‘Spreading The Rock ‘N Roll Disease’ when we engaged Duane Baron (Motley Crue, Poison, Alice Cooper etc) as our mixing engineer that we started to get recognized on an international level.
How did you come up with your band name?
CROSSON is actually my surname. If it’s good enough for Van Halen, Dokken, DIO, Keel, Vandenberg etc., then I guess it’s ok if I do it also! Even at school I knew I’d have a band called CROSSON one day and we still use the logo I designed back then.
What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?
We come from a land Down Under. Sydney, Australia!! There are some amazing talented bands in Australia. The distance between major cities ( 9 hours) does make it a little difficult to play regularly.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release was in 2021, which was our concert video / album CROSSON – Live At The Orpheum. We had released 3 albums every 2 years since 2016 (Spreading The Rock N Roll Disease, Invincible and Rock N Roll Love Affair) and wanted to put something out in 2021. A promoter in Australia said “ Hey, you guys need some live footage.” Always taking things to the extreme, instead of filming one or two songs, we decided to film an entire show and release it in a Blu-Ray / CD Box set.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Well, without KISS, there would definitely be no CROSSON (or a lot of any bands for that matter). The whole image was intriguing and made me realise how important image is. Musically it was first ABBA with their catchy choruses, KISS and then the whole 80s rock genre (Motley Crue, Dokken, Stryper, Poison, Scorpions, WASP, Iron Maiden etc)
What first got you into music?
My first love was ABBA at a tender young age, however after being stung by the Rock N Roll Disease as a kid after discovering KISS, then a few years later Motley Crue and the whole 80s glam metal scene, topped off with seeing Iron Maiden on the World Slavery Tour, I was hooked and knew this is what I wanted to do.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I’d love to write an album with Desmond Child, Erik Martinnson (Eclipse, W.E.T) , Paul Stanley and the late great Jim Steinman. Hell, I’ll work with anyone if we can get out great songs!!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Rock In Rio would be amazing. The Brazilians are metal crazy and go off!! That being said, there are amazing festivals all around the world and we’d be happy to play to all audiences and try to win them over with our theatrical stage show.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I don’t know about weird, but I did receive a doll of me which is sitting in my studio.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you, thank you and thank you for enabling us to keep Spreading The Rock N Roll Disease…..…. btw… tell your friends!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
John Lennon and George Harrison, as seeing The Beatles perform would be amazing!!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I don’t classify myself as a musician and never felt that I deserve that title as I don’t excel in any one instrument. Yes I play guitar and piano and write music, but I’ve never felt comfortable with the ‘musician’ title. I guess I’m just doing something I love doing and it happens to be music.
I procrastinate when it’s time to start writing but I know it’s something that needs to get done. It’s like ripping off a band aid. Once I actually force myself into the studio, shut the doors and start writing, time flies and I feel that I’ve accomplished something.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Overall I’m happy and just do what I do and overcome any hurdles when they come up. From an artist’s viewpoint I’d like to see an increase in the rate per stream. $0.008 per stream is a friggin joke!!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Motley Crue – “Shout At The Devil”
Dokken – “Under Lock & Key”
Stryper – “To Hell With the Devil”
W.E.T – “Rise Up”
KISS – “Unmasked”
The Darkness – “One Way Ticket to Hall And Back II”
Accept – “Metal Heart”
Iron Maiden – “Powerslave”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?
I grew up with vinyl and then CD, then digital downloads and now streaming. I have to admit, the accessibility and ease of listening and discovering new music through streaming services is amazing…. The fact that I can say to myself something like ” I’d like to listen to ‘Black Sabbath ’ and it’s playing in a matter of seconds is amazing. However, the quality doesn’t compare with a CD and in some way, I do miss the physical product.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Our first show after the recent Covid breakout in Sydney was crazy . It was our first show in 13 months and the crowd were like a pack of animals that had been caged up for 6 months (Well, that’s sort of true isn’t it ??). Also being asked by Ron Keel to join him onstage for The Right To Rock was a highlight.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
If I didn’t hop on the rock and roll train, I’d probably be making films and acting as I was doing that in the past, but needed to put it to one side and focus on CROSSON to make it grow.
I also have other business interests, but I do need a creative outlet or I’d end up going crazy
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Most of them are dead, but I’m always up for a laugh so I’d say Benny Hill, Rodney Dangerfield, Andrew Dice Clay. Also Sylvester Stallone and Gene Simmons . Hold On !! It can’t only be guys. I forgot about the women!! Let’s go Catherine Zeta Jones, Olivia Wilde, Courteney Cox, Michelle Dockery….
What’s next for the band?
We have just completed the recording of the new CROSSON album which is currently being mixed in the USA by Duane Baron. This will be released the latter half of 2022 and is titled ‘Ready, Aim…. ROCK!!. We also shot our music video for the new album last weekend. So, the next few months are going to be filled with editing videos, completing artwork, and doing shows. I am also dabbling in a bit of promoting at the moment, so organising tours is very time consuming and exhausting.
What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake.
(We didn’t get an answer back for this one but we all know the it’s a cob so let’s move on – Rory. No, it fucking isn’t. It’s a muffin, you heathen blasphemer – Dark Juan)
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for having me, and keep up the great work defending the faith.
Be sure to give us a follow on Spotify and keep an eye out for the new album later in the year.
Also feel free to check out our live concert video “ CROSSON Live At The Orpheum” to get the full experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ5C1E5OiMY
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