Jay Mehler

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Jay Mehler
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Background information
Birth name Jason Mehler
Born (1971-09-08) September 8, 1971 (age 43)
Philadelphia, United States
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, psychedelic rock, space rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts Beady Eye, Kasabian
Notable instruments
Gretsch
Vox
Marshall Bluesbreaker

Jason "Jay" Mehler (born September 8, 1971) is a musician from Philadelphia, United States. He played guitar in British rock band Kasabian from 2006 to 2012. He was a touring member of Beady Eye, having joined the band in 2013 after leaving Kasabian until their disbanding in late 2014.

Kasabian[edit]

During the recording of Kasabian's second album, Empire, Christopher Karloff, one of the band's guitarists and songwriters, left the band due to "creative and artistic differences".[1] Jay Mehler was his replacement.

He was a permanent touring member of Kasabian, although he was not involved with most of the promotional work that the band did. While he is not credited on Empire, Jay plays on the b-sides to the singles released off the album and also features in the video for the song "Empire".[2]

Beady Eye[edit]

On March 7, 2013, it was announced that Jay was leaving Kasabian and had joined Beady Eye on bass guitar, filling the void left by previous bassist Jeff Wootton.[3] Mehler stayed with the band until it's disbandment in October 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Since 2006 he's been dating Ringo Starr's daughter Lee Starkey, and in June 2009 they announced they were expecting triplets.[4]

Equipment[edit]

Jay utilises Gretsch guitars live accompanied by Vox amplifiers, notably the AC30CC2X. He also has been seen utilising Marshall Bluesbreakers. He uses a Blackstar HT-Dual pedal to create his tone, with him saying the pedal is the "base of his live sound". He has also been seen using a Univibe pedal, a Boss TR-2 Tremolo, a Boss tuner and the Small Clone and Small Stone from Electro Harmonix.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kasabian split shock
  2. ^ VOX Artists | Jay Mehler of Kasabian
  3. ^ Sergio speaks on Jay's move to Beady Eye
  4. ^ Mirror.co.uk
  5. ^ http://www.voxamps.com/artists/jay-mehler-of-kasabian/