Jason Aalon Butler

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Jason Aalon Butler
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Butler in 2013
Background information
Birth name Jason Aalon Alexander Butler
Born (1985-07-17) July 17, 1985 (age 33)
Origin Inglewood, California, United States
Genres
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002-present
Labels
Associated acts The Fever 333, Letlive, The Ghost Inside, Pierce the Veil, Of Mice & Men, Stray From the Path, Architects, The Wonder Years

Jason Aalon Butler (born July 17, 1985)[1] is an American musician from Inglewood, California. He is best known as the former lead singer of the post-hardcore band Letlive. He is currently part of the punk rock band The Fever 333, and the hardcore band Pressure Cracks.

Butler is known for his erratic stage performance, which involves high-energy nonstop movement, dance routines, smashing of onstage objects, frequent crowd surfing, and climbing festival stages.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Butler was born and raised in Inglewood, California where he was forced into maturity quicker than many others his age.[5] He is the son of Aalon Butler, lead singer of the soul group, Aalon. Butler spent a considerable amount of time away from his father, as he was consistently busy with his music career.[6] With his father constantly being busy with his band, Aalon, and his mother going through treatment for leukemia, he was left to raise his sister on his own.[7] He has stated in several interviews that he would like to have children and give them the childhood that he was never granted due to his parents.[6] Growing up with a black father and white mother (from Glasgow, Scotland), Butler found that he had problems fitting in with any of the white children in grade school as they would always ask why his mother was white and father wasn’t. "I grew up in the hood. For me all of my homies were African American or Latino, or Asian. We were all part of a minority, so for me it was about class, like we were all from dirt. We were all the same color, dirt poor."[citation needed][7]

Career[edit]

Growing up with his father being a part of the music scene, music has always been an essential part of Butler's life.[6] Butler grew up listening to a wide range of genres and artists. Of those genres, R&B, soul, and pop seemed to affect Butler the most, as his early inspirations include artists such as James Brown and Michael Jackson.[8]

Letlive[edit]

Butler got together with Keeyan Majdi, Alex Haythorn, Christian Johansen, and Ben Sharp in 2002 to form letlive., a post-hardcore band based out of Los Angeles. The band has released three full-length records, and are currently signed to Epitaph records.[9] Each track features lyrics that come from personal experiences throughout Butler's life that he has been unable to say in any other way than through music. Butler states that in Fake History he was, "A little more apprehensive to say certain things, but challenged myself to say those things in The Blackest Beautiful."[10] The band's fourth and final full-length album titled If I’m The Devil was released on June 10, 2016.[11] On April 28, 2017, the band announced their breakup through social media sites. Butler was the only remaining original member of Letlive at the time of their breakup.

The Fever 333[edit]

Following his Letlive break up, Jason teamed up with former The Chariot guitarist Stephen Harrison and Night Verses drummer Aric Improta to create The Fever 333 in July 2017, a rapcore band who had their first debut performance in a donut shop carpark.[12] On August 12, 2017 the band debuted their first studio recorded song 'We're Coming In' which takes aim at the police.[13] The Fever 333's debut EP Made An America was released on March 23 and Wall of Sound have given it an 8/10 stating it's a "raw, hard-hitting and in your face, but not only will it get your blood pumping and body moving, hopefully you’ll learn a thing or two about the cause and movement behind the band and how they intend to use their voices for the greater good of Americans and those feeling the impacts of authority injustice around the world."[14]

Gentlemen in Real Life[edit]

Butler created his own clothing line called "Gentlemen in Real Life," or G.I.R.L. In an interview with Blunt Magazine, Butler stated that he has always been passionate about fashion and clothing since he grew up with nothing. His artist for the line, Jonathan Whitehead, is a reputable artist known around the South Bay.[15] Each week the brand releases a new item, ranging from clothing and accessories, to soap and oils. G.I.R.L is trying to redefine what it means to be a gentleman and how a gentleman would present oneself.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Butler follows a straight edge lifestyle and, while "it was a group of people I identified with", he has a skeptical stance towards the movement now because "it itself has shown me bits of the culture that have ostracised and been quite hateful to those that don’t subscribe."[17] In an interview with Noisey, Butler stated that he has been sober since childhood because he did not like the "fever dreams" and "strange way or thinking" that are brought on by drugs.[8] He has expressed that his reckless behavior "may seem like self-abandonment, but it is simply just me allowing myself to feel something that I wasn’t ever able to feel growing up"[7] and that he does not believe in performing any acts that cause harm on others.[8]

Butler married New Zealand musician Gin Wigmore in September 2014.[18]

Discography[edit]

Pressure Cracks
  • Pressure Cracks - EP (2018)
THE FEVER 333
  • Made an America (2018)
Letlive.

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist Album or single Source
2011 "Carcinoma" Dead and Divine Antimacy [19]
2012 "I'm (Not) the One" Your Demise The Golden Age [20][21]
2012 "Can’t Bring Me Down" The King Blues Long Live the Struggle [22]
2012 "Tangled in the Great Escape" Pierce the Veil Collide with the Sky [23]
2013 "Put Em Up" Alvin Risk JunkFood [24]
2013 "Scissor Hands" Stray from the Path Anonymous [25]
2013 "Try It Out" (Put Em Up Mix) Skrillex and Alvin Risk Try It Out [24]
2014 "Wide Eyed" The Ghost Inside Dear Youth [26]
2015 "Stained Glass Ceilings" The Wonder Years No Closer To Heaven [27]
2017 "Crash" The Bloody Beetroots The Great Electronic Swindle [28]
2017 "Price of Living" (featuring Dennis Lyxzén) Ecca Vandal Ecca Vandal [29]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ wsquaredmedia (2014-03-09), Jason Butler Climbs The Tabernacle, retrieved 2016-09-07 
  3. ^ "Watch Jason From letlive. Climb A HUGE Festival Stage - News - Rock Sound Magazine". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  4. ^ Alex Roof (2012-04-09), Letlive - Jason Butler - "Best of" Live footage, retrieved 2016-09-07 
  5. ^ "Interview: Jason Butler from letlive. talks about anything but what we ask him". Thrash Hits. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  6. ^ a b c Rock Sound (2012-02-17), Welcome To My World - Jason Aalon Alexander Butler, retrieved 2016-02-17 
  7. ^ a b c "Melody in the Chaos: Letlive.'s Jason Butler on His Troubled Youth and 'The Blackest Beautiful'". Fuse. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  8. ^ a b c Pearlman, Mischa (2014-05-15). "The Method Behind letlive.'s Madness". Noisey. Vice. Archived from the original on 2014-05-18. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  9. ^ Records, Epitaph. "letlive". Epitaph Records. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  10. ^ "Letlive's Jason Butler Talks Lyrical Inspiration + More". Loudwire. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  11. ^ "letlive. confirm album number four will be called 'If I'm The Devil' | Upset". Upset. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  12. ^ brownypaul (2017-07-05). "Jason Aalon Butler from Letlive debuts new band The Fever". Wall Of Sound. Retrieved 2017-08-11. 
  13. ^ brownypaul (2017-08-11). "The Fever 333 announce "We're Coming In" to your life with a heavy af debut song". Wall Of Sound. Retrieved 2017-08-11. 
  14. ^ Brown, Paul. "The Fever 333 - Made An America (EP Review)". Wall of Sound. 
  15. ^ "letlive: In Conversation With A Gentleman (In Real Life) | Blunt Mag". Blunt Mag – Alternative Music News, Reviews, and Interviews. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  16. ^ Life, Gentlemen In Real. "Gentlemen In Real Life Web Store". Gentlemen In Real Life. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  17. ^ Bernhardt, Peyton (May 31, 2016). "letlive: Watch Your World Burn". Blunt Magazine. Archived from the original on June 6, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  18. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "Gin Wigmore is tatted, fierce and making waves". Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
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  21. ^ Gardner, Jason (April 4, 2012). "Your Demise: The Golden Age". Archived from the original on November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  22. ^ "The King Blues - Long Live The Struggle". www.femalefirst.co.uk. June 16, 2012. Archived from the original on November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  23. ^ Colwell, Matthew (July 16, 2012). "Song Premiere: Pierce The Veil, "Tangled In The Great Escape" (feat. Jason Butler of letlive.)". Alternative Press. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  24. ^ a b Major, Nick (October 15, 2013). "Jason Aalon Butler of letlive. featured in new Skrillex + Alvin Risk song". Alternative Press. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Stray From The Path 'Anonymous' Track By Track: Scissor Hands". Rock Sound. September 12, 2013. Archived from the original on November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  26. ^ Lake, Nate. "Dear Youth". HM. Archived from the original on November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  27. ^ Shutler, Ali (December 31, 2015). "The Wonder Years: Jason Aalon Butler is the "greatest frontperson alive"". www.upsetmagazine.com. Archived from the original on November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  28. ^ Cannon, Kristine (October 12, 2017). "letlive's Jason Butler lends vocals on violent Bloody Beetroots song, "Crash"". Alternative Press. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  29. ^ Fuamoli, Sosefina (October 13, 2017). "Ecca Vandal recruits Dennis Lyxzén & Jason Aalon Butler for fiery "Price of Living"". Archived from the original on November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017.