Anchor Music News had the privilege of interviewing Jason, guitarist of The Ember Days. In this interview we talk about their new record, writing process, and so much more.
I was honored to set up the interview with Jason. The Ember Days have become one of my favorite Christian bands. Talking to him was as though we had been friends for years. His humility, openness, and honesty were incredible. He felt honored for me to interview him. We could have talked for days about music and life. Talking to him made me an even bigger fan of the band.
Rob: Your new album “Valitus” is coming out on December 11th. What inspired the title?
Jason: The title sounded cool. Valitus is the Finish word for lament. The record was almost done before we came up with the title.
Rob: How is “Valitus” unique from your previous albums?
Jason: This is not a worship record. It is about processing hard stuff and finding God. There is pain, asking questions, death, and sickness.
Rob: What should people expect from “Valitus?”
Jason: They should expect an honest record that’s well recorded. It is really good and my most proud album. It is a phenomenal record. We have been dealing with so much hard stuff. There are millions of people in pain. No one in Christian music is writing about it.
Rob: Your first single “Take Me” has been released. What inspired this song?
Jason: Janelle wrote it in a season of doubts. This a vulnerable and real song.
Rob: Describe your songwriting process?
Jason: The process was different. We have a new drummer. We were writing on the road over a long period. “Darling” is my favorite song, which is about a friend who lost a baby. We recorded the songs live and added strings. Zach played samples. This was a cool process.
Rob: What’s one venue you would love to play?
Jason: The Saint James Theater in New Zealand.
Rob: What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and 2016?
Jason: Judah, my son, is apart of an amazing program at Vanderbilt University. Touring is not a possibility at this time. I am doing studio work. We will be releasing Youtube videos. The footage is National Geographic quality from all over the world.
Rob: Thank you for the time.
Jason: Your welcome thank you for interviewing me.
You can pre-order “Valitus” at iTunes.