By Vince Chiarelli
Rockford hosts some great music! Who are the people who make this happen? One is Jason Glidden, a 34-year-old outspoken Rockford music scene advocate, musician and owner of Slow Motion Productions. Many of our readers know Jason as a keyboardist, bass player and DJ, but he is also an event promoter and talent manager for several bands and venues in the Rockford area.
An interview with Jason quickly reveals his appreciation for friends and family. He attributes his love of music to his mother, Candy Glidden, a program director for the Rockford Music Academy. She ensured that Jason grew up listening to music, and he received classical training as a child.
Jason’s college (Northern Illinois University) roommate, Alex Rearick, was instrumental in forming Jason’s interest in contemporary music.
“It all started again while listening to classic rock albums on vinyl, going to … live concerts … and hosting nightly jam sessions with (Alex),” Jason said.
Alex, a versatile, classically-trained musician, gave Jason daily lessons on the piano, bass guitar and drums for nearly three years. After college, Jason moved to Tucson, Ariz., where he met Jesse Campbell, an accomplished musician with whom he became close friends and eventually collaborated musically.
In one of his many musical capacities, Jason is an audio engineer for George Sparkman Jr. of 8:54 Productions.
“George is an excellent teacher, a synergetic business associate, and has become a lifelong friend,” Jason said. And as for as Jason’s go-to Rockford music venue, he says: “Kryptonite is the bee’s knees! Chris Wachowiak has done a great job of keeping the Rockford music scene alive and has become a very open-minded resource for music business advice and friendship over the years.”
Jason’s appreciation for his friends and mentors is palpable.
Jason has been active in Rockford’s music scene for about eight years, since returning from Arizona. He has played with The Reggie, Crastinators, Toast n Jam, Soul City Syndicates and others.
Jason produced and released daddy’s computer music, his first solo album. The album is an online collaboration that features artists from three other states and four other countries, in addition to several from the Rockford area. Jason’s 4-year-old daughter, Bella, named the album, which can be downloaded free of charge at smp3030.bandcamp.com.
Booking, managing sound and/or performing, Jason has been instrumental in the production of more than 90 events in the Rockford area this year alone. Some of these include The Battle of the Bands at Fatty McGee’s, Tuesday Night Bike Nights at Mustang’s, Writer’s Blok 2013 at Sinnissippi Park, Brat Days sound, and Hot Fest for Hospice sound. His next major event will be the Teslacon Steampunk Convention in Middleton, Wis., with 8:54 Productions.
With his Slow Motion Productions business, Jason books, promotes and produces full time. He offers event booking services for musicians and venues, graphic design of promotional materials, full PA system production and DJ services for venues, private parties and weddings.
“I now get to do what I love, every day!” he said. “It is also an awesome feeling to help someone else solidify an event idea with the right music and watch it bring a smile to their face on its completion!”
Jason’s next live shows are Monday, Oct. 28, at Kryptonite with Soul City Syndicates and Saturday, Nov. 9, at Take 20 with Toast n Jam.
Please contact Vince Chiarelli if you have any original Rockford music or radio suggestions. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Oct. 16-22, 2013, issue