Jason Carson, drummer, singer and speaker
September 5, 2000
Jonathan got a chance to sit with Jason backstage after their concert at DCLA 2000 in
Washington DC where Jonathan was training. Jonathan gives us a peek into Jason's personal
life, his marriage, and his interests.
JONATHAN: Jason, you guys just played a great
set. I noticed that you're not only a drummer and a singer, but you do the
majority of speaking for the group. We'd love to find out more about you.
Great- thanks for taking the time to talk to us.
JONATHAN: Our pleasure. Jason, how old are
I just turned 26 in July.
JONATHAN: Where do you live?
Aliso Viejo, which is halfway between LA
and San Diego.
JONATHAN: Alright- California. My readers are going
to think I'm favoring people from my own state! Jason, teens are going crazy out
there. They love you guys. Do you ever get hounded by groupies at the grocery
No, not really. And that's one of the many cool
things about my church. They know how to worship- and when we're done
worshiping- they don't want to talk about the Supertones. My wife and I are just
a normal couple in the church.
JONATHAN: So you're married. Any kids?
No kids yet- Julie and I have been married 1 year and
10 months. We're taking our time with the whole kid thing.
JONATHAN: How did you meet?
Through Tony- our bass player. They
worked together. I met her and thought she was beautiful. She wanted to take
Tony and I snowboarding and Tony canceled at the last moment. We spent the whole
day talking and really hit it off. We dated 3 ½ years before getting married.
She has a beautiful heart and I can't get enough of her.
JONATHAN: What's your favorite place to go with her?
Definitely the beach. We love to walk along the beach, talk, pray or read
JONATHAN: How does it work being married and being on
tour all the time? Is that hard?
She comes with me a lot-
she's with me now- it's great! The longest I've ever been without her is a
couple of weeks- although I don't like to do that.
JONATHAN: That's great- it sounds like you have a great relationship.
Now are you in any sort of accountability group?
Dan, our trombone player,
and I are great friends. He's a great encouragement to me and we keep each other
JONATHAN: That's awesome!
Let's change gears here. Supertones is a pretty popular band and I've seen you do some great
concerts. But what's the worst concert you ever had.
know- I can't actually point out a particular one- but I can honestly say this.
Our concerts go bad when we're rushed and not prepared, not ready to worship.
Whenever we don't get time to pray or read the Word together before the concert-
it's just not right. Sometimes we have just met really quick, prayed a quick
prayer and I felt that my heart wasn't right. We don't want to lean on our own
power- just His.
JONATHAN: So true, so true. Jason, this
newsletter goes out to youth workers around the world. I'm going to ask you a
question that we might need to hear. What's the worst thing a youth worker has
ever done to you- have we ever treated you rotten?
guy read an article and found out what church I went to. He called up the church
and said he knew me. The poor little old lady that was a secretary there didn't
know what to do so she gave him my phone number and he called me up. He said he
wanted to book me for a concert. I told him that I couldn't do that- that's why
we have a BOOKING AGENCY. We're under contract with them and we can't violate
that. He kept arguing with me.
JONATHAN: You're kidding.
No- he didn't catch a clue. He actually got angry
and started raising his voice saying bad things about our booking agency and
that we weren't listening to God's voice.
Well- we promise never to do that to you ... I'll get your phone number later
just in case.
You guys seem to get along real well and have lots of fun
together. Do you guys ever get in any fights?
disagreement was over our album Chase the Sun. We couldn't agree on the song
order and cover.
JONATHAN: What do you do when this happens?
We vote. We have six members in the band, and GUARANTEED,
the vote always comes out 3 to 3. We've spent up to 8 hours discussing some of
JONATHAN: Does someone take charge?
Everyone's pretty good. I sometimes try to facilitate. Although, I try to
pick my battles. If I fight for every small detail every time, then my voice
would never matter. I try to save my opinion for more important spiritual
matters like integrity, etc.- not that I've got it all together or anything.
JONATHAN: Alright Jason, I always ask everybody this. What's your
No question, it's JAWS. When the 25th
anniversary edition came out, I picked up that day on DVD.
JONATHAN: You're kidding?
No, Jaws is the best.
JONATHAN: That's my favorite movie. I got it on disk too. Who's
your favorite character?
Jonathan and Jason in unison:
(High fives were exchanged! At this point I won't bore you with the various
impersonations and movie lines that Jason and I quoted here, but we both
definitely liked Quint's fingernails on the chalkboard scene, as well as his
story about the last time he put on a life vest! For those of you who haven't
seen JAWS in a while, we're talking about the original Steven Speilburg movie
JAWS, not those lame sequals with too many shots of the big plastic shark. We're
talking about the classic original- the movie that scared everyone in the world
from going in the ocean that year ... the movie that really gave Speilburg his
JONATHAN: That's great! I knew you had good taste. What
else is in your top 5?
Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Shawshank . . .
JONATHAN: No way! Raiders is in my top ten, and
Shawshank is in my top 3.
What's your top 5?
JONATHAN: Jaws, Shawshank, Heat, A Bronx Tale . . . and number 5
is a draw. What else to you like?
Braveheart, and recently
JONATHAN: You've got good taste my man! What's your
favorite place to eat?
If I can't get Wahoo's fish tacos,
I'd have to say In and Out Burger.
JONATHAN: Do you have any pets?
I have a black lab named Roger. He won Wal Mart dog
of the year at my local Wal Mart.
Yes- we entered him into a contest, and out of 200 dogs,
JONATHAN: What do you think of cats?
JONATHAN: Like I said, you have good taste. One last
question: How can we pray for you?
That all of us would
continue to have a deep desire for God and continue to seek Him everyday. And I
would love prayer to be a better husband to Julie.
JONATHAN: Jason, thank you for your humility and your honesty. It's
good to get to know you better. Thanks for your time.
Thank you Jonathan.
Keep an eye out for Supertones' new CD coming out in October and don't forget to check
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