Proving that you can live in two worlds is nothing new for Jason Haberman as he has made his career playing with over a dozen industry artists and Juno award winners. He also creates fuzzy solo music with electronic flourishes under the moniker Yaehsun.
His new single “Waterbaby” is a soulful, rhythmic take on indie-pop. Listen below and read the interview!
Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind ‘Waterbaby’?
The inspiration for this song came from a combination of some sounds I was getting on my Korg Poly 61, mixed with a seriously shitty winter and longing for the warmth of summer. After I took it to José to mix he heard it and immediately felt a Jimmy Cliff vibe which is what sparked the vocal melody and lyrics.
How has your community contributed to your success?
Toronto’s music community is very active and it seems that everyone I know in the city is working towards the same goal. I would say that I would not be successful if it wasn’t for the constant flow of music coming from my friends.
What advice would you give other musicians? To stop following trends in popular music and spend time experimenting with your gear, and your sound. Be open to collaborations and just finish it, put it out, and start working on the next thing.
Describe to our audience your music-making process.
I do a lot of looping, rather then writing “a song” I like to drill a feel / rhythm into my body and focus more on what your ears are hearing rather then making that chorus pop or finding the perfect bridge. Also hearing the part in your head before laying it down. I try not to add things for the sake of boredom or what traditional rock bands have in there mix. Most of the clarity and big decisions I make happen when I am not in-front of a computer or have no instrument in my hand.
How did it feel when you released your debut single?
It felt great! Long time coming, and it feels like it’s only the beginning now that I know first hand how easy it is nowadays to distribute music on your own.
If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?
I thought about this question long and hard and I can’t not think about the people that I have lined up to work with this year. It goes back to that question about success and community and I truly feel the people that inspire me the most are the people in my friend circle.
What first got you interested into music?
My brother, he started playing bass at around 13, I would have been about 11. He had no one to jam with so he told me I should rent some drums. I went and got some that day and haven’t stopped since. The first song I remember playing with him was either Out on the tiles – Led Zeppelin or Fire – Jimi Hendrix.