Jason is the current drummer for Guitar Legend, Ted Nugent and 90s Post-Grunge band, Sponge and has also performed and/or recorded with Mitch Ryder, Tantric and Joe Lynn Turner.. He was mentored by drummers such as Corky Laing, Tommy Clufetos, Eric Singer, Todd Sucherman, Anton Fig & many more.
Jason has over the years toured as the support act with Motley Crue, God Smack, Ted Nugent, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool, Rev Theory, Mountain and Warrior Soul just to name a few. Worked in some of the finest recording studios in North America while working with world renowned producers such as, Dale Penner (Nickelback), Paul Orofino (Millbrook Recording Studios), Tom Morris (Kamelot, Less Than Jake, Destiny's Child) and Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Asking Alexandria, Soundgarden).
Jason started drumming at the tender age of 6 months. He created a buzz in the music industry when at age 8 years old he recorded his first album with rock legends Corky Laing (Mountain), Richie Scarlet (Ace Frehley) and Jim McCarty (Cactus, The Rockets, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels).
Jason is available and ready to travel anywhere worldwide for Recording Sessions For long distance sessions, Jason has access to legendary, Pearl Sound Studios in Canton, MI for recording sessions.
“A budding master in the drumming world. He works like a dog and learns. He’s real. I have worked with some of the best drummers on the planet, and man, he’s right up there.”
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Interview with Jason Hartless
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am always working on various sessions for clients all over the world.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love using a hybrid of both because there is a certain tone that Analog drums bring out on a recording.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That we will create a track together that will make both of us proud!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being a studio musician because everyday is a different challenge to create a great drum part that fits the song perfect.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been working in studios since the age of 5 and it has been a lifelong passion being a studio musician.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Toto because they are all some of the greatest studio musicians of all time. It would be an honor to work with those guys.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Everything from Rock to Country to R&B to Jazz to Metal
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Being able to work quick and efficiently
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: -Pro Tools 2021 -Neve 511 & WA-73EQ Preamps -Assortment of Shure, Audio Technica and Sennheiser Mics - 500 Sq Ft Live room that has been professionally acousticed treated
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jeff Porcaro, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jim Keltner, Hal Baline, Steve Gadd
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Live Drums for Albums, Singles, Demos, Commercial Jingles and Video Games