From a home studio in Los Angeles, CA, a songwriter crafts melodic, harmonious songs. The music eventually makes its way to a handful of well-known musicians across the country. Though the musicians do not know Jason Karaban, they will listen. And, eventually, they find themselves in the studio working with the reclusive musician.
Karaban isn’t new to the game. He began his career fronting the Philadelphia based indie rock bands Dragstrip Courage in 1997 and Grand in 2000. A deal with Maverick Records emerged and then evaporated before the music was released and an artist once on the rise went into a dark period. However, he never stopped writing music. Karaban emerged as a solo artist with the release of Doomed to Make Choices, in 2006, co-produced with Mike Napolitano (Joseph Arthur, The Twilight Singers) and then later with Sobriety Kills, co-produced by Barry Maguire (The Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant) in 2009.
A look at Jason’s solo career illuminates his impressive list of collaborations that read like a who’s who of the music world. Over the years he has worked with the likes of Sara Watkins, Ani DiFranco, Ivan Neville, Lucy Schwartz, Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Garrison Starr, Pete Thomas & Davey Faragher of Elvis Costello’s Imposters, Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), David Immerglück & Charlie Gillingham of Counting Crows just to name a few. The result has been two critically acclaimed records, an obscure b-sides record and a three song EP from which numerous songs have been licensed for programs on NBC, MTV, VH-1, commercials, and indie movies.
On September 4th Jason returns with Shift, his most realized work to date, and is planning to tour for the first time in his solo career. Tracks from Shift can currently be heard on WFMU, WXPN and KCRW.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SHIFT…
“The first time I heard "Succeed 101" I could not stop listening to it; It was on constant repeat in my car. Either Jason Karaban is brainwashing us all to listen to his songs again and again, or he is just writing good music. Believe what you may…” says LA based artist Lucy Schwartz
Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket says, “Jason is a great writer and brilliant at creating an immersive, evocative mood. Listen to him.”
From Irwin Chusid, DJ WFMU, “As a writer, recording artist, and mood painter, Jason Karaban has a natural gift for pop craftsmanship.”