J Mascis at Virgin Festival in 2009.
|Birth name||Joseph Donald Mascis, Jr.|
December 10, 1965 |
Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
|Genres||Alternative rock, noise rock, hardcore punk, stoner rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, drums, keyboards, bass, banjo|
|Associated acts||Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis + The Fog, Witch, Deep Wound, Upsidedown Cross, Sonic Youth, Sweet Apple, Bless The Barn, Heavy Blanket, Band of Horses, GG Allin|
I have a couple of gold teeth. I had braces for a year but I didn't wear the retainer.
Usually I like to have them, but going drum-less pushes everything in a new direction and makes it easier to keep things sounding different.
When I play a solo I'm just expressing that moment. It can go horribly wrong easily enough.
It's good to have certain restrictions sometimes, but it's definitely more fun to play really loud, with distortion.
Yeah, you know, I'm always into cassette. At least they seem to be the longest-lasting medium we used to have. I don't play cassettes much anymore, but I play records all the time.
Generally my songs are just some riffs slung together as an excuse for a guitar solo.
I play a Fender Jazzmaster and three stacks and a combo, two old Marshall Plexis and a Hiwatt combo and a Hiwatt combo with Marshall cabs.
I've always worn earplugs, but I'm sure my hearing's not great.
It's harder to play drums than guitar, physically. I'm always kind of on the edge. I guess that's how I play everything: on the edge of my ability.
I enjoy having some boundaries to work within. That's why I generally don't like alternate tunings and stuff like that. I like the boundaries of regular tunings.
I was just reading about Paul Simon in 'Uncut', and it was fascinating. I never think about him much or think about his music or anything, but it's interesting to hear his ideas on stuff.