Interview conducted by Robert Williams
Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres
From his early beginnings singing in progressive tech-metal pioneers Watchtower to fronting the hard rocking, gold record certified Dangerous Toys; Jason McMaster has long since been considered "The Godfather of Texas Metal". Upon speaking with the ever charismatic multi-instrumentalist, a more fitting title might be "Texas Metal Ambassador" as he is surely one of the most out going and friendly musicians you are likely to find. You can always count on finding Jason on stage in the clubs. Perhaps he is decked out in leather and studs, delivering the goods in his Judas Priest tribue act Sad Wings, or you might find him fronting one of his more recent bands like the classic metal inspired act Ignitor or the AC/DC swagger of Broken Teeth. In fact, it’s not an uncommon occurence for a touring marquee act to take notice of Jason in the audience and invite him on-stage for an all-star jam. Armored Saint did just that several years ago, and Shadows Fall went as far as to ask Jason McMaster for his blessing before recording a cover of "Teas’n Pleas’n" before inviting him to sing in the studio on their cover song. I recently had the honor of visiting with Jason about his storied career and for the better part of an hour we touched base on the early days of Watchtower and Dangerous Toys, the late, great Chuck Schuldiner’s appreciation for Jason’s music and life on the road. You will hear first hand as Jason goes into detail about the inner workings of the music business and his band’s dealings working with a major label. This interview was conducted the morning of May 16th, 2010. Considering the date this special interview took place and Jason’s back breaking work ethic, it is only fitting to add in closing "Long Live Rock N’ Roll"!