|Birth name||Jason Paul McCaslin|
|Also known as||Cone|
September 3, 1980 |
North York, Ontario , Canada
|Genres||Pop punk, punk rock, alternative rock, garage punk, melodic hardcore, alternative metal, grunge|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, Producer|
|Instruments||Bass, vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion|
|Associated acts||Sum 41, The Operation M.D., Iggy Pop, Gob, Shelter With Thieves, The Strumbellas|
|Fender Precision Bass|
Jason Paul "Cone" McCaslin (born September 3, 1980) is a Canadian musician. He is the bass guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Sum 41 and Music Producer. He joined the band in November 1998. Sum 41 was signed by Island Records about a year after he joined. McCaslin began playing bass at the age of 14, as a member of a grunge garage band called Second Opinion. He is of half-Irish, half-Swedish descent.
He co-created the Garage punk/rock side project The Operation M.D., with Todd Morse (of H2O), in which he is known under the name Dr. Dynamite. He plays bass and a bunch of other random instruments on the songs including lead vocals on a few tracks on both albums. The 1st album "We Have An Emergency" was released in Canada and Japan only in 2007. Operation M.D. then released their second album "Birds + Bee Stings" world wide in late 2010 on their own label "Mouth To Mouth Music". He has also acted in many Sum 41 short films. For example, in "Basketball Butcher", he gets beaten up, killed and eaten by Steve Jocz due to beating him at basketball. He also played Dante the drug dealer in "1-800-Justice". He recently helped produce an album with Shelter With Thieves, a Canadian band from Halifax. The EP, entitled Confessions of a Toxic Generation, was nominated for 2 Nova Scotia Music Awards, for Group Recording and also Loud Recording. The band eventually won the Loud Recording award for the EP.
In December 2009, Cone was also producing 5 songs for a new album by Canadian piano rock band The Greatest Invention (Formally - Credible Witness), which eventually got released under Walter Senko. Then in 2010 he began producing 3 songs for 7 Piece Blue grass/Folk/Indie band The Strumbellas. In Sept. 2011 he was asked to produce the rest of the album. The album is now completed and called "My Father And The Hunter". It was released on February 21st 2012 and received a Juno Award Nomination for Best Root/Traditional Album. In October 2013 Cone made a cameo plaing bass in The Strumbellas music video for End of an Era. In 2013 Cone began working with Toronto band Sun K and produced their 7" (2 songs) which is out now and will also produce their upcoming EP and LP over the next year. In 2014 Cone began producing 2 songs for the band "LeBarons" which will be released in 2014.
In 1999, the band signed an international record deal with Island Records. The band released their debut album, All Killer No Filler in 2001. The band achieved mainstream success with their first single from the album, "Fat Lip", which reached number-one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and remains the band's most successful single to date. All Killer No Filler' was certified platinum in the United States, Canada and in the UK. The band has since released four more studio albums: Does This Look Infected? (2002), Chuck (2004) Underclass Hero (2007) and Screaming Bloody Murder (2011). The three albums before Screaming Bloody Murder have been certified platinum in Canada.
The band often performs more than 300 times each year and holds long global tours, most of which last more than a year. They have been nominated for seven Juno Awards and have won twice (Group of the Year in 2002 and Rock Album of the Year for Chuck in 2005). Their fifth studio album, Screaming Bloody Murder, was released on March 29, 2011 and is nominated for Grammy at the 2012 Grammy's for the song "Blood In My Eyes" in the Hard Rock/Metal category.
- The Operation M.D. - We Have an Emergency (co-produced with Todd Morse) 2007 - Nominated for Casby 2 Awards (Best New Artist + Best Indie Release)
- Shelter With Thieves - Someday Is Never Soon Enough (Co-Produced 6 songs with band) Released April 19, 2011 - ECMA Award for "Loud" Recording of the Year
- The Operation M.D. - Birds + Bee Stings (co-produced with Todd Morse) 2010
- The Operation M.D. + Itorero - "We Stand" Song from the charity album "Rwanda Rises Up" Released June 22nd, 2010
- The Strumbellas - My Father And The Hunter - Released Feb. 21st, 2012 - Juno Award Nomination for "Best Roots/Traditional Album"
- Walter Senko - From A Liar - 2013 Out Now
- Sun K - Sweet Marie 7" - 2014 Out Now
- LeBarons - Trains 7" - To Be Released Winter 2014
- Sun K - EP - In Production (To Be Released Spring 2015)
Cone mostly uses Fender '59 Re-Issue Precision Basses live and a Fender American Vintage '62 Re-Issue Precision Bass to record with. Mostly.
He married on September 5, 2008 to Shannon Boehlke. During the wedding, Cone's fellow band members Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 and Todd Morse of H2O and The Operation M.D. performed "One" by U2 and "Pieces" by Sum 41. Cone has two sisters and no brothers.
- "Sum 41 official website @ IslandRecords.com - Home". June 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
- "Sum 41 Biography Bio Pictures Brown Bizzy D Sound Stevo 32 Cone Pic". Retrieved 2008-04-24.
- "TheresNoSolution.com : Sum 41". Retrieved 2008-04-24.
- "Facebook Shelter with Thieves's Photos - Studio 2009". Retrieved 2009-07-01. "Recording with Cone McCaslin ( Sum 41, Operation MD)"
- "MySpace.com Blogs - Shelter with Thieves MySpace Blog". Retrieved 2009-07-01. "As you may or may not know it was produced with Cone McCaslin from Sum 41 and Operation MD."
- "SWT - Music Nova Scotia Awards Nominations van Cone McCaslin op Myspace". Blogs.myspace.com. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
- "SWT Win Best Loud Recording! Then again their full length album "Someday Is Never Soon Enough" including the 6 songs from "Confessions Of A Toxic Generation" got nominated for Best Loud Recording at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards. van Cone McCaslin op Myspace". Blogs.myspace.com. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
- "Us working with Cone from Sum 41 van Credible Witness [6 NEW SONGS UP] op Myspace". Blogs.myspace.com. 2009-12-22. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
- "Artists Chart History". Billboard (Nielsen Company). Retrieved 2008-08-17.[dead link]
- Edwards, Gavin (December 17, 2001). "People of the Year 2001: Sum 41". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media). Retrieved 2008-08-19.
- "Sum 41 Past Tour Dates". Island Records. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
- official personal web site
- Sum 41 official website
- The Operation M.D. official website
- Fender Artist Cone's Fender Artist Profile
|Bass guitarist for Sum 41