Interview: With P.O.D.'s Jason Truby | Rock Candy

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Interview: With P.O.D.'s Jason Truby

Posted on Wed, May 3, 2006 at 3:21 PM

Jason Truby, the Little Rock native and guitarist for rock/rap power group P.O.D., visited with Wally Waller earlier this week about P.O.D.'s upcoming show May 7 at the Clear Channel Metroplex. Waller, who runs outontherocks.com, provides this interview with Truby for the Little Rocking blog:

Wally Waller: I’m ready…Marco?
Jason Truby: POLO
WW: Marco
JT: (Laugh) I’m having a little trouble hearing you dude so if you can 
yell at me that would help.
WW: I can yell, is that better? What’s going on with your hearing? Are 
your ears stopped up?
JT: Night after night of blaring loud music and been doing it so long 
I’ve lost a lot of the hearing.
WW:  I’m Wally Waller with OOTR.com…I’m also doing this interview for 
the Arkansas Times. We’re going to be posting these on our live music 
blogs.
JT:  Great …Wonderful.
WW: Funny story, I’m sitting here and I remember watching you under 
the River Market pavilions. Yeah, so I kinda wanted to talk about 
history with Little Rock before we get into that and to give you a heads up I 
was gonna do a little intro and stuff like that. Cool?
JT: Wow … cool.
WW: The strength of my life is full of mistakes and glory, 
but mark my words P.O.D. will be ready to testify this upcoming week.
JT: Welcome very much … Awesome.
WW: Well tell me a little bit about P.O.D. and how it’s going.
JT:  It’s going great. We’ve been out for about a week now and the 
tour is going great. There’s been a great response from the crowds 
and we’ve got some great bands playing with us ... um, Maylene, The Sons 
of Disaster, the Chariot, and Pillar. Yeah, know it’s just a good rock 
and roll package man, and we’ve been from city to city doing our thing 
and the fans seem to be having a good time.

(More after the jump)


  
  

WW: I forgot to do this and I know they’re having a good time, 
but would you do me a favor and tell people kinda whatcha do?
JT:  Yeah, yeah, yeah, you need backtrack? Sure.
WW: Yeah please.
JT:  Yeah this is Jason Truby with P.O.D. and I’m the guitar player. 
There ya go.
WW: Very cool. And for those of you who don’t remember, Jason 
used to be in a band called … what was the name of that band?
JT: Living Sacrifice
WW: Here in Little Rock, Arkansas ...
JT:  I’m so Little Rock.
WW: Heck, yeah. Um, I was talking to … er, we actually got to 
interview Flyleaf, who went on tour with you, and one of the things we 
ask everybody was ‘What’s in your iPod?’ This new album was all over 
the interview, it was the first thing that came outta her mouth.
JT: HaHaHaHa
WW: Um, she apparently loves you and loves ya’ll and I wanted 
you to talk about not necessarily being in a Christian rock band, but 
being Christians in a band.
JT: Sure, you know what?  I’ve got a pretty simple analogy for that. 
Um, when I got done with Living Sacrafice I went into the landscaping 
business and worked with my hands to build waterfalls and I never had 
anybody call me to ask about my faith because of my landscaping and, 
um, so I find it kind of odd that a different job tends to bring that 
question up a lot and I guess the only difference is that when you’re 
in a band doing music and that’s your job, um, you profess a little 
bit of your view of the world, you profess your faith, your 
struggles, your glories and so basically I’m not ashamed at all, man. 
I believe in the truth and I don’t shine down from that, but I 
don’t ever wanna exploit it or use it to try to get a position or a 
gig or whatever. So, I approach it the same way I approached my 
landscaping job. I do my best, I wanna perform my duty the best. I 
can to say whatever I’m trying to convey and then you know if 
something more comes out of it and it’s beyond my hands, then mission 
accomplished. You know, because I don’t ever want it to segregate our 
audience. I don’t ever want anyone to think ‘I’m not Christian, so I 
can’t listen to that.’ Or, ‘I don’t have the same beliefs so that’s 
not for me.’  I’d like to think that P.O.D.’s music is for everybody and 
you know we’re not dogmatic. We’re not gonna shove anything down 
anybody’s throat. We’re just four guys that have struggled through 
life and has had experience with our faith and we try to put it in 
our music and there’s hope and faith in love and we’re looking for a 
better tomorrow. So, it’s not blatantly hymnal music. We’re just 
talking about life and it’s laced with our faith.
WW: I definitely understand what you’re saying. The messages 
you send out are to a lot of different styles and types of beliefs of 
people. This is not about me, but in my opinion the way you go about 
doing it appeals to a lot more people and that message can be 
listened to.
JT: Sure, sure and then one other thing I wanna say, man, it’s not like 
it’s getting another stripe on my sleeve or a badge or that our stats 
went up, we’ve converted more people. I could care less about that, 
man. For me obedience doesn’t have anything to do with results.  
We’re just showing up, doing our thing man and hopefully people feel 
better about it, about their life and they can take a break.  You 
know, so much garbage in the world, so much downing, life is 
terrible, I can’t stand my government, I can’t stand this and taxes 
and gas money and the pressures and you know what? I think music is 
supposed to be an escape from that a reminder that this is it. You 
know what I mean?
WW: For sure. I look at the song ‘Goodbye for Now’ and if 
you’ve had a lost loved one or you know it’s not bye-bye forever, 
it’s see you later and that’s the kind of relief you guys are 
providing through entertainment. Talk to me a little bit about the 
new CD "Testify."
JT: Well I’ll tell you this man. We started this 18-month process of 
writing and crunching the music through the fire. We locked ourselves 
up in Palm Springs for several months and you know it pretty much 
encapsulates where we were at that time, and I think what sets it 
apart is that we had the time frame to put more of our influences 
into it and explore where I came from, where they come from and put 
it in the pot and make a gumbo you know what I mean.
WW: Speaking of all that, how long have you been with P.O.D.
JT: It’s been over three years.
WW: So right when "Payable on Death" came out you were burning 
those songs.
JT: Yeah, I’m got in when they called me to make a title track to the 
"Matrix Reloaded" movie and so they called me up and it was round one. 
Then we got in and wrote "P.O.D." together.
WW: So this is your second album with P.O.D.
JT: Right
WW: I know they’ve been around for 14 years. What was that 
transition like? I guess you’re the ‘not so new’ guy anymore, coming 
into a band that’s been established.
JT:  When we toured in my old band we toured with P.O.D., we’re buddies, 
we go way back. Missed meals together and got stiffed by promoters 
together and go way back. So it wasn’t like coming into strangers, ya 
know what it’s a whole other level where there’s an adjustment that 
takes place and you gotta know what you’re doin’. You know what I’m 
saying. So I worked out, but there was a little pressure there because 
you’ve gotta step up and deliver.
WW: Stepping up and delivering in this new album "Testify," 
which came out a month or two ago. I’m in the world of the Internet 
and I buy stuff on iTunes, but if you buy the CD you get this really 
cool insert, and I just wanted to go through the art and the creative 
process and how that whole thing, I mean, do you all get to sit down 
and design it all yourselves?
JT: Yeah, there are creative people at the label that give … everybody 
just kinda put all their ideas together and we say like what we wanna 
do and how we’re feeling about it. Then when everyone at the table 
feels like it’s what we want, to be a visual for our music, which I 
feel like we did really well. You can get the stages over the 
18 months. I think we did a great job, I really like the layout of the 
whole album.
WW:  I do, too.  Tell me about [producer Glen] Ballard [who produced "Testify"].
J: That was cool, man. He’s an old spirit and a really talented guy. 
Ya know he came in toward the end of the process and we had a lot of 
the songs already written. So he just kinda put a sheen on 'em and 
polished em up. So there’s little nuances and he really let us be us 
and created an atmosphere of creativity and just super cool, man. I’ve 
got mad respect for him.
WW: As I was looking through some material aboutcha, um, you 
guys would sit and actually eat. He got involved with ya’ll 
personally.
JT:  Yeah! I mean the whole idea like with Glen was to create an 
atmosphere where we’re not clockin' in and clockin' out. Let’s relax, 
let’s set a mood with candles everywhere and talk about music, create 
an atmosphere of creativity and then let’s go do it.
WW: Very cool!
JT: Yeah, it’s real cool…
WW: P.O.D. is kinda funny, what’s in your iPod?
JT: Well, it’s eclectic bro. Anywhere from like the Police, some 
Soulkeggie, Wes Montgomery, some John Coltrane, a whole bunch of 
stuff in the mix … Coldplay, U2, a lot of jazz, Miles Davis, a lot of 
Charlie Parker. I lean toward the jazz myself.
WW: I remember Living Sacrifice was the metal band.
JT: Yep
WW: And now you’re with kinda like a rocking, reggae, rap 
band.
JT: Yeah
WW: Just creatively as an artist that’s gotta be an awesome 
experience.
JT: It has definitely diversified my playing, man. Yeah, it’s been a 
great experience. I’ve pulled from all of it, man. Nothing is off limits.
WW: That’s very cool.  Now you’re playing Sunday, May 7, at 
Clearchannel Metroplex.
JT: That’s right. I can’t wait to have a homecoming 'cause a lot of 
these shows across the country have been selling out and I’m anxious 
to show all these guys from San Diego that Little Rock can show up and support 
good music.
WW:  I’m pretty confidant we’re gonna do that.
JT: Good.
WW: In closing, when you take your creative expression and you 
do all those things up there on stage, if you got your wish that all 
these people could take one thing away from your show, what would it be?
JT:  That’s a really difficult question, but I think from the heart 
without sounding contrived or premeditated, I would want people 
to leave feeling better about themselves and about the world. If they 
came with a heavy spirit I want them to feel lifted when they leave.  
Where they were able to take a time out and turn the world off for a 
little bit and if they can take that experience with them and that 
they are with us it’s not like us apart from them performing that 
we’re all together in this family atmosphere whether it’s a thousand, 
whether it’s two thousand, and that they felt apart of something which 
is bigger than they are, which is how I feel every time I play.

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