John Stringer of Jad (pronounced Jade)
Meet John Stringer. John is the incredible sexy motherfucker that fronts Jad (pronounced Jade). John can bang out a rock ballad like Axl Rose, and he can move like Prince on stage. Best of all, John lives in Atlanta-so you can see him for yourself. John is also an incredibly nice man. You will like him! Read on:
MI-What is your birth date?
John-The ides of March, 03.15.
MI-Who are the members of your band and what do they play?
John-My band is JaD (pronounced jade). James Beale is on bass, Thomas Panza on guitar, and Chris Love on drums.
MI-If you were king of the world for one week, what would you do?
John- I'd liquidate my kingdom and deposit the money into a bank account for tomorrow. Lol
MI-What is your favorite song to play live and why?
John-That would have to be a tie btwn "Unconditional" b/c it is a great laid back rock ballad, and "Human Condition" b/c it is one of the most rocking yet melodic songs we play.
MI-If you could be any superhero, which would you be and why?
John-Spawn - he's just a bad ass!
MI- What is in your cd player right now?
John- Audioslave, Nirvana and 50Cent.
MI- Have you ever inhaled?
MI- Do you believe in psychics?
John-Yep. They existed in biblical times, why not now?
MI-Who are your musical influences and why?
John-I'd have to say I'm subtly influenced by everything that moves me. Some examples: Terence Trent D'Arby, Audioslave, almost all 90s Seattle products (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Temple, Alice in Chains, etc.), Silverchair, The Stones, Sade, Outkast, MJ, Marvin, James Taylor, DMB, Kravitz, Angelique Kidjo, Miriam Makeba, John Gibson, BB & CC Wynans, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and other Motown chart toppers.
MI-What about the world pisses you off the most and why?
John-That people hate each other for the stupidest reasons.
MI- When and how did you first get interested in music?
John-I first got interested as a child in kindergarten. I can still remember learning the "do-ray-me" song like it was yesterday. My mother sang a lot around the house, in church choir and played a lot religious music, so she naturally encouraged me to pursue singing, and eventually, acoustic guitar.
MI-What is the most memorable live show you ever played and why?
John- To date, it would have to be this years performance at the Tabernacle during the Hooters Swimsuit finals in Atlanta - Rock N Roll, Harleys, and 40 of the finest Hooters girls in swimsuits I've ever seen.... then again, winning the 96Rock / Next Level /Music Midtown competition at The Cotton Club in 2002 was just as sweet.
MI-What piece of your work do you like the best and why?
John-A new one we're working on is shaping up to possibly be the one I like the best, but since its not finished, I'd have to go with another - its a song called Out Of No Way. Its about making a way out of none... sort of a personal anthem, lyrically.
MI- Where is your favorite place to play live and why?
John- It used to be the Bay b/c the crowd in Chattanooga, TN was insane. We'd have some of the craziest backstage after parties - the stuff you read about in rock biographies. Sadly, the place closed down this year in July.
MI- Tell me about the music history of John Stringer.
John-I started singing as early as kindergarten and haven't stopped since. I learned to play recorder in elementary school and later picked up clarinet for a few years. I picked up acoustic guitar in high school - and just began learning electric. By the time I went to college, I had lead high school and camp sing-alongs, as well as performed in some cool events (one musical in my hometown at the Tivoli - Chatt., TN - was my first major solo on stage). I sang in choirs and eventually started a band with college friends. I evolved from progressive-soul to funk-soul and finally began singing "rock" about 3 years ago.
MI- Tell me about an average day in the life of John Stringer.
John-No day is really quite the same, but an average day is pretty tame. Our manager in LA handles big details like labels, showcases, etc., so we handle all of our day to day management in Atlanta, GA. I'm usually on the phone w/ the band and others regarding booking, promotions and just about anything else to get us ahead throughout the day. Since we are an independent band, I work for myself during the day as an IT contractor. We usually rehearse 3 times a week and play on the weekends... sometimes during the week depending on the gig. I write whenever I can. Fortunately, I try to find time to wind down, whether partying or just relaxing.
MI- What three people would you like to be stranded with on a life raft in the middle of the ocean?
John- Any hot, available young lady with a global phone, a gorgeous top Female US Navy Officer to get the Navy to pick us up, and a hot female survival expert to make sure we stay alive till rescued. I'll be the entertainment expert!
MI- If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring one person, one cd, and one book-what would that one person, one cd, and one book be?
John-My soul mate (whoever she is), Marvin Gay's greatest hits and a good book on how to survive a desert island.
MI-Who do you think the greatest musician of all time is?
John-Greatest to me would have be Hendrix b/c I and so many others love his music.
MI-What is your greatest achievement and why?
John-I'd have to say its an ongoing achievement - learning how to write songs. It was something I just decided to put my mind to and I'm still growing, still learning.
MI-What is the worst job you have ever had and why?
John-When I worked at McDonalds for about one hour. It was one of my first jobs and I failed to ask the pay rate until after showing up for my first day of training. After I filled out my final paperwork and got my uniform, I asked about my pay rate. I can't remember what the manager told me, but I couldn't believe what I heard. I told her what I needed to make and she said everyone started at that rate. I gave the uniform back and quit.
MI- What do you want people to know about you?
John-That I am whatever you say I am lol ... Seriously, I'm a grateful to do what I do and have anybody appreciate it.
MI- What person would you bring back from the dead and why?
John-Only person I can think of is Kurt Cobain... so he could see the impact his life and death had. I read his biography, "Heavier than Heaven", and couldn't believe how sad his life appeared, how messed up his outlook seemed.
MI- Who in the world would you most like to have lunch with?
John-Zoe Saldana on a date would be interesting.
MI- Do you believe in reincarnation?
John-No. No desire to believe it and have never personally experienced anything that led me to.
MI-Who would you like to have been in history?
John-I would have liked to have been King Solomon.
MI-Where were you when 9-11 happened, and how did it affect you?
John- I was on the highway entering downtown Atlanta and I heard the report of the first plane. I thought it was a joke, but soon learned it wasn't once I got in to find the entire company I arrived at looking online to see what all was going down. It was surreal.
MI- If you were to design a 9-11 memorial, what would it look like?
John- Two full size, fully functional towers, identical to those destroyed.
MI- Tell me what you think about what America is doing in the Middle East.
John-I was initially suspicious that the most of our involvement was primarily motivated by oil, but nothing is ever that simple. Like most people, I got behind the war once the troops were sent in. YOU HAVE TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, but I think the jury is still out on all the true motives behind the US's actions.
MI- Where do you get your inspiration from as a musician?
John-I think most of my inspiration comes from the things that give me the most emotion...For instance, anything that pisses me off helps a lot.
MI- Give me your opinions on computerized music-you know, the stuff that is coming out in hip hop and rap, etc.
John-No real big opinion about it. Its another form of music to me and there is a market for it, but as you know, one man's music, another man's noise.
MI- What is your opinion about rap lines in the middle of rock and roll and metal music these days? (for example, limp bizkit and pod)
John-Some of it sucks and some of it is cool. I don't have any opinion other than I buy what I like.
MI-Is there anybody in the business that you would want to open for?
John-Too many.... Audioslave, Alien Ant Farm, doubleDrive (friends).
MI-Name five groups or artists, 1960 or later, that you feel have been important to the evolution of music-and tell me why you think they have been important.
John-That is a tough question. I'll say: Beatles - works have influenced so many and set the bar worldwide Hendrix - same as above Elvis - same as above Marvin Gaye - same as above Michael Jackson - same as above I think Sugar Hill Gang would be 6th since they were the early pioneers of Rap.
MI-What is your favorite movie of all time and why?
John-Matrix - lot of cool analogies to life and success. Plus, cool graphics.
MI-What in the world do you like to do the most and why?
John-Breathe... I cant do w/o it.
MI-What does success mean to you?
John-balance, harmony and happiness
MI- Have you ever had a paranormal experience-if so, what is it?
John-ok.. I've been paralyzed in bed where I was dozing off and something invisible suddenly physically pressed me down. It happened more than once. I've read stuff about it and talked to others who have experienced the same
MI-Tell me what you think about MTV.
John-I used to enjoy it, but lost touch. It is a marketing machine, simple as that. Its big business and I don't hate it for that. When MTV plays shows or music I like, I watch it. When it doesn't, I turn.
MI-What do you think the best thing that ever happened to rock and roll was-and why?
John- I really don't know. Guess the most important thing for me was the grunge movement out of Seattle -that's what sold me on rock and got me and many of my friends into it.
MI-Give me your favorite quote of all time.
John-"What will be will be"
Jad is hot, and so is John. You want to go see these guys LIVE. You will not be disappointed. –John, we wish you and the guys a record deal that will make you happy VERY soon.
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