What do you mean by that?

I don’t know… I don’t know if I mean anything by that, other than the fact that sometimes stars align, sometimes they don’t. It just felt like one of those instances where you’re in the right place at the right time. Does that make sense? And it was like, “Hey, Jason’s bouncing, do you wanna come play with the guys?” And I was like, “Absolutely!” If nothing else, it was just an opportunity to come hang out with these dudes I haven’t seen in a while and go sing karaoke.

What was your karaoke choice?

I pretty much brought the house down with “Kiss” by Prince last night. There’s video. It’ll be viral by about two o’clock today. [Laughs.] It’s pretty unreal; you wouldn’t believe me if I told you. Me and Brad, we brought the house down last night. Girls started humping each other… I’m not even lying. This actually happened. It was crazy.

So worst-case scenario, if this Chiodos thing doesn’t play out, you have a new career as a karaoke superstar.

Me and Brad are probably gonna make T-shirts and go on tour as professional karaoke artists. A lot of bands nowadays play to so many fuckin’ [backing] tracks it’s pretty much the same. So why not? We’ll get some neon-colored T-shirts and sing other peoples’ songs and not play instruments and sell merch.

How are you adjusting to playing in Chiodos versus playing in Just Like Vinyl?

I don’t adjust to anything; I just do it, you know? There’s no adjustment. You just go out and do what you need to do. At this point, getting in front of people is not a big deal. It’s more about getting out here and singing Prince karaoke.

Do view karaoke on the same level as playing California Metalfest in front of 3,000 people?

I was more nervous to sing Prince last night than I was at Metalfest, honestly, because at least I have five other guys who I trust and believe in onstage with me.

Just Like VinylYour focus is currently with Chiodos. Where does that leave Just Like Vinyl?

I don’t look at it like that. This is what I’m doing right now; this is what my mind and my heart wants to focus on. That doesn’t mean a piece of my heart’s not back home. I’m just rollin’ with the punches.

If the punches were to roll in the direction of Chiodos asking you to officially join the band, where does your heart lie in that?

I don’t know. I’d have to get to that bridge before I cross it.

Chiodos are also going to be working on a new record next year. Is that something you’ve thought about, contributing to their record?

Oh, sure! I’d love to be part of that. I’m sure it would be pretty insane. I’m not against it, if that’s what you’re asking.

This is the first time in many years where you’re playing in a band where you’re not the center of attention—where you’re contributing to a bigger whole and not singing the songs. What’s it like to take a step back?

It makes it very not-difficult.

I think the word you’re looking for is “easy.”

No, that’s not what I’m looking for—I’m just trying to, like… I dunno. As an artist, I’m just looking to always do things differently, and I feel like I’ve done enough of [fronting a band] for now. I don’t need to be the focal point of a situation for it to be great; I just need to be a part of it.

What do you think 2013 has in store for you?

[Laughs.] You mean if December 21 doesn’t blow the world up or some shit? I am gonna probably hang out in Seattle, hang out in Michigan… I’m not Miss Cleo; I can’t tell the future, but I’m looking forward to 2013. I’m interested to find out myself what you’re asking me. Things are looking pretty damn good. I’m just gonna ride this adventure out as long as I can. Music is not a joke—everything else is. alt

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