When we started Metal Jacket Magazine, we wanted to somehow bring our readers closer to bands that might have a harder time breaking through to listeners in the sea of bands and music.
To begin with, it would be best if you introduced your band.
Jason Crosson from Theatrical Glam Rockers CROSSON. All the way from Sydney, Australia.
Is it hard to keep all the members together since this music has no income?
I actually pay my musicians and dancers for shows, recordings, and videos. It keeps things nice and clean and I control the CROSSON brand without any hassles. That being said, members come and go all the time. If they leave, we wish them all the best, but it’s straight into finding a replacement as the train needs to ‘keep a’ rollin’!!
How do you finance yourself and can you cover the costs of recording, equipment, and concerts with music?
I actually own a compliance testing company that basically finances the whole CROSSON machine. I have great staff so it gives me the flexibility to spend the majority of my time on CROSSON.
What made you start playing metal music? Who were your role models in the beginning and has that changed over time?
Once I discovered KISS and the whole 80’s rock/metal scene ( Motley Crue, Iron Maiden Bon Jovi, Ozzy, Scorpions, Stryper, WASP, Dokken, Dio, Vandenberg, Accept… the list goes on ) I was hooked, and knew what I wanted to do.
Is it hard to find a publisher or is it better to self-publish considering the internet?
For an indie band, I think if you really want to find something, you just need to knock on doors until one opens. If a film company wants a song, it will generally go to a publisher. 50% of something is better than 100% of nothing.
How do you create songs, how do you record them?
Most of the time, melodies and choruses pop into my head and I’ll record them on my phone. I’ll then head into my studio, pick up the guitar or piano and start working from there. Other times, I’ll have an idea for a song title and work around that or sometimes I’ll be mucking around and come up with a riff. It’s never the same.
Where do you get inspiration for the lyrics?
Lyrics are always the most time-consuming and difficult part. If it’s a topic I wish to write about, then I’ll do some research. Thank God for the Thesaurus and Rhyme Zone 😊 !!
What is your favorite song you’ve made so far and why?
Everyone’s A Star is a favorite because my son came up with the riff. However, as far as the best song, Id has to say ‘The Way It Is from the new album Ready Aim .. Rock!!. This one stretched the writing boundaries.
Where can readers listen to you and maybe buy your material?
All our albums are available on all streaming and digital platforms throughout the world. You can also purchase CDs, T-shirts, Blue Rays, etc from our online store https://crossonrock.my-online.store/.
How do you organize concerts, is it difficult for you, and how many people come to such concerts?
It’s called hussling!! Sometimes I work with a promoter on certain tours and other times I’ll promote the shows and get other acts on board. As any promoter will tell you, getting bums and seats is always a task.
In which countries have you played and where did you have the best time, where is the crowd the craziest?
Being Australian, we mainly play in Australia. For those of you in other countries that haven’t seen us and would like to experience the next best thing, we have our concert video ‘ Live At The Orpheum’ filmed in Sydney which you can see on YouTube or grab a Blu-Ray from our online store.
What do you think about the digital release and is it serious like CD or LP?
Streaming and digital enable smaller bands to be discovered and heard. Of course, the quality is nowhere near as good as a CD and you actually have a physical product, but we need to flow with technology or you fall behind.
How do you comment on this bunch of sub-genres in metal is it good for metal or is it destroying it?
I think it’s great. Personally, I like melodic rock/metal. Other people like Thrash and Death etc. It is all about personal taste. How boring would it be if all the music was the same?
Do you support this commercialization of metal music and how about the wearing of metal t-shirts by some “exposed” people who do not belong to this philosophy of metal music?
If metal was never commercialized, we’d never see bands in arenas and stadiums. It’s a business. I think merch and providing items for your fans are important. That being said, I have stopped numerous people in the street to talk about the ‘ metal shirt’ they are wearing which the obviously picked it up form K- Mart and ‘Cotton On ‘ and they have no idea about the album that is on their T-shirt. If you believe in something, then promote it.
What would you change in the world of metal and would you like to go back to the time before the internet if you remember it at all?
Admittingly, I do miss going to the store, flicking through albums, and purchasing the latest LP from your favourite band. That was cool. Now, we discover new bands online. At least with the internet, people from around the world can hear your music and see your videos. Here I am in Sydney, giving an interview in Croatia. 30 years ago, that would have been an almost impossible task.
How important is supporting the local scene and can you single out a band from your area that you would recommend to our readers?
All big bands started out local. That’s where it all begins. In Australia, check out Sisters Doll, Wicked Smile, Dangerous Curves, and Temtris. The list goes on.
How do you see this situation in the world and how do you think it will develop? Will they imprison us again, scare us or maybe send us into a big war?
I don’t tend to worry about those things. Take each day at a time and live life to the fullest. Covid was crazy, but it’s over, and time to move forward. Just do what you love and love what you do.
Finally, what would you say to our readers and why should they listen to you in the sea of bands that are offered to them every day?
“If you like the idea of KISS and Motley Crue crossed with The Darkness and Steel Panther, you’re gonna love CROSSON” ( Classic Rock Magazine)
If this is your gig, then come and visit us. If it isn’t, then pay a visit anyway. CROSSON may be your new favorite band.