This is the first in a series of friendly interrogations of itsu jitsu musicians.
Jason Kavanagh is itsu jitsu’s Heid Daftie (Pictish for “Great Helmsman”.) Abandoned at birth because of his resemblance to Ronnie Corbett, Jason was raised by a wandering band of Klezmer musicians. In 1923, at the age of 11, he escaped (disguised as a goat), vowing never again to play a Cimbalom. Jason has been true to his word.
Herr K is a passionate musician and creative catalyst. He has a knack for finding nice people and knocking them together until they make funny noises. More juicy bio and links to some of his myriad musical projects can be found here.
Stand up and sing a round of “He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” for the Son of Ja! Then read this hardhitting interview exposing the real Jason Kavanagh in all his tarnished splendor:
Q. What are some of your other passions besides music?
- Cycling, literature, film, cats, tea, cake all with lashings of nonsense.
Q. Make up a genre name for your music.
- As Jason Kavanagh – , Isolationism, Drone and other such boringly serious things. As ‘The Earl of Shoes’ – (H)ambient / Twit-Hop. As ‘Gondowanland School of Subcutaneous Noise Infraction’ (encompassing all GSSNI offshoots) – Clam Batter / Clootie Dumpling / NoChiefs.
Q. What do you like most about making music?
- It’s gonna sound cheesy but I’d have to say it’s the act of creating something from nothing other than the sounds in my own head. Nothing quite beats that feeling of taking a bunch of random sounds and mangling them until they resemble what I can hear between my ears.
Q. Who are your musical heroes and what have you stolen from them?
- Some of my musical heroes are; The Residents, Don Van Vliet, Yma Sumac, Doug Sharp [ed: !SQUEE!], Blevin Blectum (Bevin Kelly), Ivor Cutler, Pauline Oliveros, and Meridth Monk. What I’ve stolen from them is creativity, an itch for experimentation, a desire to always be myself and not bow to external pressure, and the odd sample or three.
Q. Your musical superpower is:
- Massively Muddy Murky Bottom End, able to drag a listener down into hard to discern frequencies.
Q. Where do you hope to be musically 47 months and 14 days from now?
- A. Playing a GSSNI set to a herd of assorted woodland creatures.
Q. Tell us your most shameful musical secret.
- I am a recovering ‘handclap’ addict.
Q.this sentence: Doug Sharp commands my respect and awe because…
- He is the Mighty Droogles and one hell of a nice guy.
Q. If you could only take 10 mp3’s to a Neptunian penal colony, which would they be?
- ‘Only Skin’ – Joanna Newsom.
- ‘Numb Erone’ – The Residents.
- ‘Down Home Special’ – Bo Diddley
- ‘Electricity’ –
- ‘Going Postal (It Is the Right Time)’ – Blectum from Blechdom
- ‘Lure of the Unknown Love (Xtabay)’ – Yma Sumac (, John Rose)
- ‘Life in a Scottish Sitting Room, Vol. 2, Episode 6’ – Ivor Cutler
- ‘Time Perspectives’ – Pauline Oliveros
- ‘Paper Clip Ship’ – Math [???]
- ‘Travellers 1, 2, 3’ – Meredith Monk
- ‘WeAReSTINKyCOWsWeARe’ – Zilch Spacecasting Network
- I know that’s 11 but what the hell, I’d be willing to take the chance of disintegration.
Q. What is the greatest number of groupies (m or f) you’ve bedded at one time? Tell us about it.
- I was once groped by an old lady called Mabel, was that a groupie?
Q. Are there any genres of music that you can’t tolerate and why?
- R&B and by that I’m not talking about classic , I’m talking about the over produced monster which is ‘Contemporary R&B’. And that right there is what I can’t tolerate about it. It is one of the most hideously over produced forms of music in existence. Listening to it is like having treacle (that’s molasses for all you Americans out there) poured in your ears, treacle mixed with syrup mixed with a big sack of unrefined sugar. It pure gies me the dry boak.
We dug up so much dirt on Jason that we must post our expose’ in two parts. Next week travel deeper into the seismic psyche of ij’s Great Helmsman.
IF YOU DARE!