Jason Hogans

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Biography

  • Beats, raps, poems, house, techno, broken beat, drum & bass, hip hop, melodic vocals, live beat sets, future bass, ambient, jazzy, vinyl DJ, spoken word, experimental, emcee, piano, guitar, percussion, laptop soul, Detroit, worldwide, spread love.
    "Electronic beats, the darker influences of jazz and abstract hip-hop lyricism ... sounds like a meeting between George Clinton and Madlib somewhere in the outer stratosphere. Definitely a good thing.’ - DMC World "Musically, ‘Life Well Lived’ is damn solid. The beats are original, as is Hogans' increasingly melodic vocal delivery." - Resident Advisor "This is the future of post-drum & bass breakbeat culture ... totally millenium's edge and running, mate." - Dego of 4Hero Jason Hogans is a producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who first impacted through Detroit’s electronic music scene, impressively debuting on Carl Craig's Planet E in ’98 with an EP called ‘Peter And The Rooster.’ ‘Peter And The Rooster’ combined drum & bass, techno, jazz, and hip hop elements in a brilliant display of creativity and experimentalism, helping to pave a new direction for Planet E. It was through a fellow producer and friend, Matt Chicoine that Hogans was introduced to the Planet E camp. Fans of one another's work, Chicoine (Recloose) introduced Hogans to Planet E director Carl Craig once he was signed as an artist to the Detroit based label. Hogans has consistently paved his own unique trajectory, creating diverse and forward-thinking sounds which transcend the confines of many mainstream musical genres. Rather than following the obvious creative path after his debut, new musical blends came after Hogans' experimentations with multiple styles such as folk, minimal, punk, glitch, soul, reggae/dub, jazz and more. This convergence of flavors could be heard on his 2005 release under his newly created :brownstudy moniker, ‘Tell Me More About Bubbles’ on the Third Ear label. ‘Tell Me More About Bubbles’ was Jason's first professional release featuring his own vocals and solidified his reputation as a lyricist as well as a producer. Hogans' relentlessly experimental eclecticism continued to intensify and mutate with stylistically diverse releases on Mahogani Music, Faces Records/MCDE, his own Really Nice Recordings label and more all the way through to :brownstudy's ‘Life Well Lived’ in 2014, also released on Third Ear. Following 2014’s well-received LP under his :brownstudy alias, 'Life Well Lived,’ Jason Hogans stepped away from the mic to focus on an LP of flawless instrumentals. Returning to production under his own name for the first time in nearly two decades, 2016’s ‘The Age of Scrap’ belies its title to instead deliver a forward thinking record rooted in classic Detroit, fused with futurist sonics that refuse to look back. Hogans organized his own European tour to support the LP, with stops in Strasbourg, Paris, Heidelberg, Amsterdam, Brussels & London. Inspired by his traveling and performing, 2017's 'Work The Terminals' EP (Moods & Grooves) picks up where Hogans left off with 'The Age of Scrap' LP on Third Ear. Bass-heavy future funk & house with a broken beat twist. All good for the dancefloor unlike Jason's more experimental debut, 'Peter and the Rooster' on Planet E. 'Work The Terminals' features the effortlessly awesome vocal and bass guitar talents of Paul Randolph and a dope Andrés remix. Jason has been staying busy with heartfelt vocal features, self-released beat tapes, innovative remixes and engaging live performances throughout Europe and the United States. Not content with a single performance style, you will find him in front of turntables playing house and techno records, blending live electronic beats on his hardware, rocking the microphone or any combination of the above. Jason has been fortunate to share both stage (Faruq Z. Bey, Sinistarr, James Blood Ulmer, Tadd Mullinix) and studio (Jimmy Edgar, Kevin Saunderson, Paul Randolph, Anthony Shakir) with many talented & respected artists from all over the world and is currently developing releases for multiple labels across the globe. "Lovely experimental stuff. No faking it here." - Luke Vibert aka Wagon Christ "From the often indistinct morass of modern hip-hop comes something so singular as to merit special attention ... His beats are fresh and different, but it is his Rap stylings, a vehicle for social comment and heart- felt self examination, that mark him out as special and worthy of attention." - The Guardian "Displaying a compelling flow and lyrical dexterity ... Put this next to a Drake or Kendrick and the technique gap is huge." - The 405
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    Selected discography

    RELEASES Peter And The Rooster EP Planet E 1998 Tell Me More About Bubbles Third Ear Recordings 2005 These Trees Were Illegally Cut (CDr) Really Nice Recordings 2005 Bummy Penta (5xFile, MP3) Really Nice Recordings 2007 :brownstudy, Medium Parnell & Moot Zoo Are Exchange Bureau Music 2009 Life Well Lived Third Ear 2014 The Age of Scrap Third Ear 2016 Work The Terminals Moods & Grooves 2017 APPEARANCES Esteem Various - Geology - A Subjective History Of Planet E - Volume One (CD, Comp) Planet E 1999 God Dub It and Heretic's Flagship Various - Enjoy Detroit Third Ear Recordings 2003 All Aces (Oh Yeah) Various - Detroit Electronic Quarterly (Volume 1) (CD, Comp) Detroit Electronic Quarterly 2005 In A Better Way Various - Mahogani Music (2xCD) Mahogani Music 2005 You Are Mine Various - Metro Sampler Line 2 ‎ (12", EP) Faces Records 2008 You Are Mine DJ Shinya - Declaration 2 (CD, Mixed) Not Null Not Full 2009 2012 Smash Television - Idiot Bocks (CD, Album + File, MP3, Album + File, FLAC, Album) Modern Knot 2010 Mixed Motives Various - The Big 3 (3x12", Ltd) Exchange Bureau Music 2011 Hands (Feat :brownstudy) Ugly Drums - The Freak Ep ‎(12") Faces Records 2014 Regrets (Feat. :brownstudy) Sinistarr - I Am Not Invincible (Remix) / Regrets (Feat. :brownstudy) none60 Records 2016 Make It Happen Various - Aeronautic Vol. 1 Aeronautic Records 2016 CREDITS Production, vocals, writing Malik Alston - This Music Is Life (CD, Album) Truth Manifest Records 2007 Remixing, Production Blacktop - Reversed (Moot Zoo Dub) Exchange Bureau 2009 Remixing, production Guillamino - Kalimbeats (:brownstudy Remix) Bankrobber 2012