Jason “Oooth” Oosthuizen Finally Launches Album:
Jason Oosthuizen is Oooth:
Jason has been working in the music industry for nearly a decade, jamming with some of the great in South African Music and helping build the careers of many local bands and ensembles. Now, the man we know now as Oooth breaks out with his first solo album: Who Cares What You Think.
Jason Oosthuizen; who started playing drums at the age of four, and since then has gone on to play in some of the best bands to come out of South Africa. In 2018 he decided to broaden his musical horizons to singer/songwriter position by replacing the drumsticks with a Gibson electric guitar and mic as the frontman of Oooth. For Oooth, Jason has written, recorded and produced most aspects of the project himself.
“I think too many people don’t do things they want to do because they scared of what others will think of them. I just think who cares what people think, and just do it in anyway.” – Jason
Who Cares What You Think:
Brett Magill (BM): I hear that Oooth, has just launched a new album; Who Cares What You Think. It goes without saying that the album evokes feelings of conflict or defiance! But in your own words, what’s the thinking and feeling behind it?
Jason Oosthuizen: I started this project as I wanted to do something different and something for myself. It has been an exciting challenge to take on the guitar and lead vocals as well.
When I started this, a lot of people thought I was crazy and wasting my time, I still did it anyway.
The songs are also all based on my life experiences, my thoughts, and feelings and how I interpret things; so taking all of this into consideration, what people think of this project or what I do, will really not change any of this, so who cares what people think; this is for me, I just chose to share my love for music and music-making.
Jason Oosthuizen: System Of A Down:
“Drums are my Love”
BM: I understand that you’re pretty good on the drums? *Runs away* No seriously, you seem like quiet an accomplished musician, what other instruments do you play when composing your pieces?
Jason Oosthuizen: Drums are of course my talent and love, but I am pretty comfortable with the guitar now. I have dabbled in the bass and a bit of keys before, but purely for recording purposes or having some fun.
Creating Something you can be Proud of:
BM: What goes into your entire creative and composition process? I find some new musicians tend to shy away from that level of work and dedication to their craft, and you’ve invested a lot of time into this latest album, more than most modern composers do.
Jason Oosthuizen: Well it is exactly that. Spending time on something you love doing and doing it 100% right and with as much dedication and respect as possible.
Our industry is very competitive with rock especially constantly competing and falling short to other mainstream genres.
Why waste your time on an average project, when you can rather give your all and be proud of what you have done. If it happens to make it to the top, it is just a bonus.
Finally Going Solo:
BM: What kind of dude plays in so many bands and shows of so many varying kinds?! I’ve looked at your performance record, you’ve touched sticks with some of the biggest names in the business! What inspires you to work on so many projects?
Jason Oosthuizen: Well, this is what I have known since I was 4 years old. Drumming and music is my life and I tend to enjoy it and do the best I can for as long as I can.
I am definitely fortunate to have played along so many great musicians and I hope to be able to add some more amazing talents and shows to the list. I am indeed busy with a lot of projects, but can honestly say I like each and everyone and enjoy what I do.
a lot of people just saying there are going to do stuff, but never do it…
BM: Who Cares What You Think. is a milestone for you, no doubt, but what prompted the jump to a solo album like it? What was the final push?
Jason Oosthuizen: About 10 months ago the project was kicked into gear, but it has been an idea of mine for quite some time.