Heartour is the creative outlet/alter ego of popular Los Angeles based band The Ruse’s drummer Jason Young. Having been a member of touring bands since he was a teenager, Young began recording solo material as Heartour in 2002. Ever since the first release in 2003 (Three), Young has been extra prolific, in addition to producing and performing with The Ruse he has dropped a full solo album every couple years.
Heartour’s progressive Electronic sound has grown by leaps and bounds with each project. However it was not until 2009’s Ate that he began to believe that he had something more than a pet project. The positive fan and critical feedback made it clear that the music he was making had a space in the marketplace. With renewed energy and new ideas Young released his best work to date in early 2011 in the form of Submarine Sounds.
With the freedom and ability to produce, write and perform all instruments, Heartour decided to make a completely digital album. Taking full advantage of the litany of music technology on the market, he purposefully negated live instruments giving the album a heavily synthesized 1980’s sounding vibe. The sound resonates so much so that it also influenced the albums title. “It sort of has this underwater feel to it with all the reverbs and squishy tones” says Heartour. He plans to release at least two videos supporting the project in the coming months.
Heartour has successfully harnessed a fun, eclectic and outside the box sound that everyone should hear.
How do you describe your music to people, Jason?
My solo music has evolved over the years. It has always had an electronic vibe to it and began as mostly instrumental and experimental. On my most recent albums however (2009's Ate & 2011's Submarine Sounds) I feel like I have created a sound and found a voice not only as a songwriter but also as a singer. When people ask what I sound like I usually say a mix between Depeche Mode, Postal Service & The Killers.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Well I've been playing drums in bands since I was in middle school.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Playing drums is still the one thing that always really gets me going. There is nothing like it for me to just sit down and bang away on some drums. Add bass, guitars and a pumped up crowd and I'm in heaven!
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Pretty much everything. I have gotten to a point in my career where I am able to make the records that I want to make but the biggest challenge is finding a way for people to hear them.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I have wanted to be a professional musician since age 11. I'm not so sure I always thought it was a real possibility but I am grateful that it has worked out for the most part.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I grew up about a 45 minute train ride from New York City and being able to have had access to such a wide variety of world class art and music definitely had a huge impact on inspiring me to create. The same is true of my current home in Los Angeles. They are very different cities but both have a real creative pulse.
What other artists out there do you love?
Old School: Led Zeppelin, Bobs Marley & Dylan, The Clash & Pink Floyd
New School: My Morning Jacket, LCD Soundsystem, Nada Surf & Metric
What does your future hold?
In the short term I am spending the summer making videos for a few songs on Submarine Sounds. As far as long term goes hopefully good things! I've been at this so long that I really can't imagine a future where I am not creating music in some way or another.