Jason Casanova (Sasquatch): Europe has been our saviour

From the heart of California, precisely Los Angeles, the band Sasquatch arrives in Zagreb and in Belgrade. On this occasion, we talked with bassist Jason Casanova – Cas, who introduced us to the band’s character, so that the audience could better get to know this energetic beast.

From the heart of California, precisely Los Angeles, the band Sasquatch arrives in Zagreb (24 October) and in Belgrade (25th October). On this occasion, we talked with bassist Jason Casanova – Cas, who introduced us to the band’s character, so that the audience could better get to know this energetic beast.

Balkanrock: Media often has an extend of adjectives for you because of the band name, such as „big“ or „hairy“. Do you find that flattering or kind of annoying?

Jason Casanova – Cas: Ha! We do tend to shy away from the Sasquatch references and visuals ourselves, but we don’t find it annoying when others use it in their descriptions of our music (or our personal appearances).

BR: You have a reputation for being extremely energetic band. Because of that, I suppose that your European tour which is on the day-to-day basis won’t be exhausting for you? Or it will be a challenge even for you?

Cas: This one in particular is a challenge for us. This is the longest tour we’ve ever done (six weeks) and there is a total of four days off (three of which happened in the first week). Plus, we’re old farts and our bodies don’t hold up like they once did. :)

BR: How do you feel about upcoming shows on the Balkans for the first time? What do you even know about our area?

Cas: Two years ago, we did a show in Sofia, Bulgaria. This was our first experience in the Balkans and last show of the tour. It was also our first sold out show ever, so let’s just say it was a moment to remember. Such a good time. But this will be our first trip coming through Serbia, Croatia, and Romania. Because we’ve never been here before, we are looking forward to these shows the most. We hear they like their rock in this region! (Our friends in House of Broken Promises had good times on their tour here a year ago).

BR: Have you heard about any bands from this region?

Cas: The only band I’m familiar with is The Flying Detachment from Bulgaria. They had opened for us back in 2016 and I still follow them.

BR: Does music career affects on your private lifes?

Cas: It does have an effect on our personal lives. Riggs and I both have day jobs, mortages, and significant others, therefore we need to do some arranging when we go out on the road. So far we’ve made it work, but it would be great to do the band full-time at some point. The reality is though that we still need to continue working our day job to pay our bills. I spend all of my work vacation touring and also work a bit in the van while we’re driving out on the road, therefore my job in particular is integrated into the band whether I like it or not.

BR: Do you usually experience better reception from domestic or foreign audiences (such as European)? Is there a big difference in crowds?

Cas: Definitely Europe has been our saviour. We do have a small fanbase in the US, but Europe outweighs turnouts x10. The people here really do support the arts and have an appreciation for the rock much more than in the States.

BR: Where did you get the idea for Sasquatch t-shirt design? Why you don’t have any woman sizes for those? :)

Cas: I think you might be referencing the new tour t-shirts? We have a few different designs this tour. The poster and shirt art with the hot rod car came from our friends at A1 Design in Argentina. They came up with the concept and illustration. As far as women’s sizes, we have printed them in the past, but haven’t had much success selling them. Maybe we need some other designs that our female fans will appreciate. We’re really bad at determining what kind of shirt cut women wear most. I hear some like the v-neck…other’s like the rounded neck…it’s tough to choose a style. Maybe you can help? :)

BR: Your latest album „Manuevers“ is mostly rated as your most mature and inspirative album, and because of that it can be found on the top lists all over the world. Do you share opinion that „Manuevers“ is your best album so far?

Cas: We’re really proud of it and yes, we all think it’s our best record to date. When I joined the band as a fan first (after II was released), II was always my favorite record (even after I recorded on III and IV). But I think now Maneuvers holds up to all of them.

BR: Your music can be heard in film ‘Clerks’, series ‘Sons of Anarchy’, Supernatural’, ‘Viva La Bam’, ‘American Chopper’ as in several video games like Monster Jam. Do you think that helped you in your promotion and recognition as a bend?

Cas: I think all of the shows did to some degree, particularly Sons of Anarchy and Dog The Bounty Hunter. But our largest promotional source comes from YouTube. Most people we talk to discovered us there (through some other channel).

BR: What does your creative songwriting process looks like? Do you usually start from lyrics or from the melody? Is it usually one-person process or do you develop every song as a band?

Cas: Everything always starts from a Keith riff (or riffs). Then we work it out as a band until everyone is happy with it. Lyrics and vocal melodies usually come last. Historically, we are super slow at putting together records (every 3-4 years), but Maneuvers came together really quickly after Riggs joined. As a singer himself (Roadsaw, Kind), he also helped Keith out with the lyrics and vocal harmonies. I’m hoping we can duplicate this process for the next record.

BR: Is there something that no one asks you on interviews while you have desire to say it out loud?

Cas: It’s funny, but I don’t think we’ve ever been asked about our preferred drink of choice (?). Just for the record….Mai Tai. :)

BR: Thank you for taking your time for Balkanrock. See you in Zagreb and Beograd.

Cas: Cheers! We can’t wait.

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