This guy to me epitomizes the mystery and appeal of indie music. His songs are just melodically sophisticated. He shows a level of songwriting prowess that the mainstream just doesn't have. You can only find songs this original by deep exploration of the internet. When I first heard Azwel back in 2004, my reaction was WTF is this? On his page I felt like I discovered a treasure chest of exotic music, this was some self-contained powerhouse. I couldn't guess the influences at all but within his unique style there was maturity and deep accomplishment from an artist who was clearly paving his own way in the world. Azwel is Jason Perrillo and he lays out his deep, catchy soundscape songs with keyboard and vocals, and also some guitars. He's reached the top of the Kayak list in the past and is currently on the rise with All The Things To Come. His catalogue is enormous for an indie, it both shocks and saddens that great artists like this are still new to most music fans. He also still gives away his downloads unlike many of us in this realm. I was curious to know him a little better so I requested this interview.
I watched some of your videos from your live show and they were
good. Is this the first time you took out a live
band? What's it like, is it going as you hoped?
Scott: Do you consider yourself more a
singer, a songwriter, or a musician?
Scott: You've been making
records for a long time. I'm guessing you don't sell that
many cause most indies don't. What keeps you interested these
days? Is it more that making music is second nature or do are
you still pursuing the career aspects of your music?
important thing for me is making records that I am happy
with. I started recording some songs for another album, but
then i stopped and felt it really wasn't necessary. Recently, I pulled
all of my pre 2010 albums from my site and am reworking each one by
one. There is so much stuff from the past, that is
very different and should be represented in a better light
Theres no reason why they should sound like demos compared the last 4
albums. I completed reworked versions of my 2nd 3rd and now
the 4th album should be released in a couple of weeks. The
fact that I have not pressed any copies of the albums, enables me to do
this. I can even change the tracklsiting to the cd's and lyrics, as I
have actually done in some cases. New art is being worked on for them
too by now official Azwel artist, Neko Zero, aside from 2
album covers that are done by other artists.
This has always been the case for me. Sometimes I write on keys, sometimes on guitar. The only song I've had lyrics for first was "Living in a Car," from The Great American Tour. I just had that chorus in my head. I'm sure there are a couple other things in the past, but i can't remember them.
The highest point is now. Getting all the new and old songs
in order and being happy with the past 10 years of creating.
And the live band. coming together. They are very excited
about the music. Joe plays guitar, Gregg plays bass, and
Johnny plays drums. The lowest point is always losing mixes.
Theres one unnamed album from the last 00's, that I would love to remix
and rework, but i will never get to because the masters are lost along
with a failed hard-drive. Also, I use a quite old version of cakewalk,
so sometimes the automation gets all screwed up in the program so I
have to back those tracks up often.
Scott: The first song I ever heard by you, at first I didn't like it but then it was running thru my head all the time, was Con, Invade and Sue. I still love that song. What inspired it? Have you done it at all on your current tour?
That is on the very first album, which I should re-do soon.
That may take some time to actually sound good though...I wrote that
song on an acoustic guitar back in 2000 or so. Back then, I
used mostly keys on the albums because I was too lazy to mic up an amp,
no really. So it turned into something a bit different than I first
envisioned, which is kind of cool. Its important to me that
fans will be able to download songs that they enjoy live, so we will
start playing some of the older stuff once it is re-done. A couple of
other songs on that album I really enjoy. Maybe I'll get to that one
Scott: You had a number one
song on our site called Harol Dalley Way. Very catchy
tune. Did that come from Harold's Alley Way or something
Scott: I'm an artist myself and my life is downright weird, I keep strange hours and such. What's your life like, outside your music page?
Jason: Most of the things I do are music based. Lots of live music on the weekends, and then I do some business related things. I like movies, youtube, and live in the suburbs. I am not a fan of big cities.
Scott: I ask all the Spotlight artists
this question, have you had any experiences of high strangeness like
UFOs, the supernatural, etc?
Scott: What do you think your
involvement with music will be when you are 80 years old? :)