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posted Friday, December 19, 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 51
Best of Music 2014: Featured Artist Interview - An SGN exclusive interview with Jason Mraz
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Best of Music 2014: Featured Artist Interview - An SGN exclusive interview with Jason Mraz

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Yes, Jason Mraz had a sweet year!

You'd be correct in assuming Jason Mraz had an awesome 2014. The Grammy-winning artist released his fifth studio album, Yes!, in July to positive reviews and overwhelming approval from his worldwide fan base. 'Love Someone' was the leadoff single from the record, which again found Mraz collaborating beautifully with the all-female quartet Raining Jane, who also accompanied him on his sold out North American tour that stretched across the Pacific to Asia and Australia before finishing up in Honolulu. The 'Yes! Tour' continues in 2015 with dates booked for Europe and South Africa. A firm supporter of the LGBT community and tireless advocate for nature preservation - even establishing his own foundation years ago to support numerous organizations, including the True Colors Fund - the love for Mraz goes beyond his music. You've gotta love this guy for helping make our planet safer, cleaner, and more accepting for everyone.

Naughty or nice, this year-end interview with Jason Mraz is just for you. From a hotel room, or on a plane, or a break between shows in Taiwan, Korea, or Singapore, this is what Jason Mraz shared exclusively with Seattle Gay News via email.

Albert Rodriguez: What were some of your favorite albums or singles this year? Anything that stood out to you musically in 2014?

Jason Mraz: I'm going to take a big risk and sound egoic here and say that I actually loved my album. I say that because of all the albums I've made, this one best captures the authenticity of my sound and message. And being a producer on it, I'm very proud of the end result, especially on vinyl. As I scanned the radio in 2014 I couldn't help but notice many of my favorite old bands have gone EDM [electronic dance music]. Maroon 5, Coldplay, U2, Ed Sheeran, and now Taylor Swift. The current mood of pop music for the past few years is 'It's always Saturday night.' But it's not always Saturday night and that makes me believe modern radio casts a poor reflection of reality. Did Laura Marling's Once I Was An Eagle come out in 2014? If so, I really enjoyed that record. And, Damien Rice came back. He's always lovely. I also really enjoyed White Denim's album Corsicana Lemonade. And the new release by modern jazz hipsters Mattson2.

Rodriguez: Do you have a favorite holiday-themed song?

Mraz: I love holiday tunes, but I prefer songs about the season or the spirit; not so much the one's about Bible stories. The soundtrack from Elf is a good example of wintery wonderfulness.

Rodriguez: How will you be spending New Year's Eve?

Mraz: I'll be in good company at home on the ranch. Earlier this year I planted a garden especially for New Year's Eve to host a farm-to-table dinner for my family & extended family who are flying in from all over the country. We've never had a reunion at this scale, as I have invited both my mom and dad's family. My goal is to recreate the family dynamic and break down barriers. For example, I haven't spent x-mas with both of my parents since I was 4 years old, and as long as there are people in my family who don't get along, there will never be world peace.

Rodriguez: For anyone who missed your awesome show at Benaroya Hall, might there be a possibility of a Seattle return in 2015?

Mraz: Probably not. I'm taking much of 2015 off touring to explore new interests.

Rodriguez: You've played lots of shows and venues in Seattle - Paramount Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, Benaroya Hall, Space Needle, Bumbershoot, etc. Is there any particular show or venue that stands out from the others?

Mraz: Probably The Crocodile. I make-up that venue caters to start-ups, therefore the ambition and optimism in that room is probably a lot more energized than in a larger theatre. That was my experience anyway.

Rodriguez: If you had to choose between doing a cover of 'Shake It Off' or 'All About That Bass,' which would you do?

Mraz: Why would I have to choose between those two? Am I being punished? I don't mind those songs coming on at the gym, but I get tired of them coming on the radio every hour. I would never subject myself to covering them. The world hears them enough already. I wouldn't do them justice, anyway.

Rodriguez: You eat very healthy, so what's on the menu for Christmas dinner?

Mraz: Everything will be Vegan & Gluten Free. This is mainly because I am hosting a lot of my Virginia family and Midwest family, and I want them to experience healthy food. There will still be favorites like stuffing, mac n'cheese, string bean casserole, corn bread, and myriad desserts. The biggest difference is that there won't be a dead pig on the table.

Rodriguez: Is there a lot of eggnog drinking in the Mraz home during the holidays?

Mraz: Yes, eggnog is my guilty pleasure. Luckily there is now eggnog made with almond milk, which makes it easier to indulge.

Rodriguez: 33 U.S. states have now legalized same-sex marriage, including your home state of Virginia. Did you ever think that you'd see the day when so many of your LGBT friends and fans across the country could actually get married?

Mraz: Yes, I did. And I'm surprised some states are still resisting, but the momentum continues, as do our conversations to advance equality. I think one of the biggest things that helps move it forward is coming out and talking about it. In doing so, more and more people realize they know someone who is gay, and then all of a sudden it's easier to empathize.

Rodriguez: What will you remember most about 2014?

Mraz: Probably touring with Raining Jane. When I look back, I remember years according to the band I was touring with. It's been a pleasure to be in their girl band and introduce them to a global audience. They've given me new eyes and new appreciation for traveling, as well as new ears for the accumulated catalog. They are my best friends and we got to spend the entire year traveling and playing music together. 2014 was pretty sweet.

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BEST OF MUSIC 2014: ALBUMS AND SINGLES
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BEST OF MUSIC 2014: HOTTEST ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
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Best of Music 2014: Featured Artist Interview - An SGN exclusive interview with Jason Mraz
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BEST OF MUSIC 2014: LIVE PERFORMANCES
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WORST MUSIC OF 2014
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