Guest: Jason Hann
Occupation: Percussionist for String Cheese Incident, EOTO, and countless other recording artists.
Time & Place: Electric Zoo New York 2015
In this episode of Musicians Tell Me Secrets, the true identify of Marshmello is finally revealed (It’s not who you think!), why you shouldn’t snort mysterious bags of white powder that you find inside of port-o-potties, and an interview with Jason Hann from EOTO & String Cheese Incident where his biggest secret is revealed (Don’t tell his wife!)
Jason Hann has collaborated with dozens of award-winning recording artists in genres spanning hip-hop, R&B, soul, drum & bass, alt rock, and many more. Here is a list of all of the artists Jason has collaborated with either in the studio or performing on tour:
- Live Breakbeat, House, Drum n Bass duo EOTO
- SCI Fidelity Records recording artists String Cheese Incident
- Boulder, CO based livetronica band Zilla (band)
- Grammy and Academy Award-winning soul legend Isaac Hayes
- Quinland Road recording artist Loreena McKennitt
- Grammy winning hip hop artist Dr. Dre
- Grammy winning international artist Youssou N’Dour
- Multi Grammy winning artist Rickie Lee Jones - U.S. and Italy
- Multi Grammy winning gospel artist Andraé Crouch
- Multi Emmy winning composer Sam Cardon
- Sony Latin recording artist Marisela
- Fusion guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque
- Columbia Recording artist Alana Davis
- R & B “Soul Man” Samuel David Moore (of Sam and Dave)
- Atlantic Records recording artists "Zoo People" - Horde Tour 97(west coast)
- Capitol Records artist Adam Cohen
- Putamayo artist Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca
- SCI Fidelity recording artist Keller Williams
- International artist Vinx
- Persian artist Mansour
- Persian artist Dariush
- Persian artist Bijan Mortazavi
- Composer John Nau
- Higher Octave/Virgin artists Les Nubians
- Triloka Records Moroccan artist Hassan Hakmoun
- A440 Records jazz guitarist Brian Hughes
- Sounds True world music group Shaman’s Dream
- Narada Records world fusion group “Dumazz”
- Triloka Records Latin Rock Artist Charlie Bravo
- Virgin Records artist Ashley Maher
- Domo Records Jazz group "Native Vibe"
- Putamayo artist Jacqueline Fuentes
- World Percussion group “Swati”
- Cameroonian legend Andre Marie Tala
- American rock guitarist Steve Kimock
- Zairean artist Dindo Yogo
- Guinean Kora virtuoso Prince Diabate
- Mali international artist Cheick-Tidiane Seck
- L.A. session composer/guitarist Greg Poree
- Central African (Zaire/ San Diego) soukous band "Bitoto"
- Ultra Kinetic Orchestra
- Traditional West African Percussion group "Khaley Nguwel"
- Traditional West African Percussion group “Fore- Fote”
Not in this episode: By the way, when the cameras weren’t rolling, I got a chance to ask Jason Hann, “What is the string cheese incident, exactly? How did the band get its name?”
His answer was surprisingly relatable: “There are two types of people in this world. Decent, law-abiding citizens who peel string cheese apart and enjoy it piece by piece. Then you have the shameful motherfuckers who chomp at the top of a string cheese, devouring it in three greedily bites. Sometimes you can have a Jekyll and Hyde situation where a person does a little bit of both – those are usually the real quite ones, the ones you need to watch out for. But STI is an analogy for people in society who don’t follow the rules, and when we perform together as a band, you can tell that we definitely don’t follow the rules.”
I point out to him that STI also mean Sexual Transmitted Infection.
And for the record, the entire band fucking hates their name.
Also not in this episode: Jason and Ryan making sweet, sweet lovin’ in the trash-filled streets of New York.
Seriously, why is every street in New York covered in literal garbage?
At long last, I found the original file for the article that answers the question that was on everyone’s mind in 2015: Who is Marshmello?
This is not the full article we had published to Ultra Vulgar Super Fiend in 2015, but the first draft that Tony had sent me when he hatched the idea. The finished product went way more in depth and included near stalker levels of evidence for why Marshmello is not Chris Comstock – It’s Jauz.
Although I still have no idea what happened to the entire article that we got published to about half a dozen outlets, I went ahead and re-published that original gem here.
Meanwhile, the original video for this interview can be played below.
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