Jason Hogans first impacted through Detroit’s electronic music scene, impressively debuting on Carl Craig's Planet E in ’98 with an EP called Peter And The Rooster. Peter And The Rooster combined drum'n'bass, techno, jazz, and hip-hop elements, helping to pave a new direction for Planet E. It was through a fellow producer and friend, Matt Chicoine that Hogans was introduced to the Planet E camp. Fans of one another's work, Chicoine (Recloose) introduced Hogans to Planet E director Carl Craig once he was signed as an artist to the Detroit based label.
"This is the future of post-drum & bass breakbeat culture … totally millenium's edge and running, mate." - Dego of 4Hero
"Lovely experimental stuff. No faking it here." - Luke Vibert aka Wagon Christ
Rather than following the obvious creative path, new musical blends came after Hogans' experimentations with multiple styles such as folk, minimal, punk, glitch, soul, reggae/dub, jazz and hip hop. This convergence of flavors could be heard on his 2005 release under his newly created :brownstudy moniker, Tell Me More About Bubbles on the Third Ear label. Tell Me More About Bubbles was Jason's first professional release featuring his own vocals, and solidified his reputation as a lyricist as well as a producer. Hogans' relentlessly experimental eclecticism continued to intensify and mutate with stylistically diverse releases on Mahogani Music, Faces Records/MCDE, his own Really Nice Recordings label and more all the way through to :brownstudy's Life Well Lived in 2014, also released on Third Ear.
:brownstudy (lower case with a :colon in front) covers all styles in trying to convey what he wants to say. "I've been doing music in some way since elementary school” says Hogans. “Violin, trumpet, piano/keys, electronics, percussion, vocals, etc. Some formal training (classical theory, jazz theory, jazz improv, sight singing/ear training, creative writing), but ultimately relying on my ear & heart.”
Hogans has been staying busy with heartfelt vocal features, innovative remixes and engaging live performances. Not content with a single performance style, you will find him in front of turntables playing house and techno records, blending live electronic beats on his hardware, rocking the microphone or any combination of the above. Jason has shared both stage (Faruq Z. Bey, Sinistarr, James Blood Ulmer, Tadd Mullinix) and studio (Jimmy Edgar, Kevin Saunderson, Paul Randolph, Anthony Shakir) with many talented and respected artists from all over the world and is currently in the studio recording a follow up to 2014's Life Well Lived LP.
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