He goes on to admit that it was the pan flute sounds of Gheorghe Zamfir that truly captured his soul – and his spirit. “His song The Lonely Shepherd became famous more recently in the Tarantino movie Kill Bill,” chimes Midro. “My nanna used to play his album time and time again and the Lonely Shepherd has been a favorite of mine since childhood.”
Yet despite his innate desire to learn the pan flute – or at least to find someone to teach it to him – he decided to settle for the traditional flute. “I loved it and went on to play it for ten years doing many exams at the Victorian College of the Arts and participating and performing in many orchestras, duets and trio’s.”
But then it all changed. Electronic music made an indelible mark on his life and one that would take him through the next phase of his music career. He admits to liking his music tough – too tough – to the point where he admits that maybe he went too hard. “That’s probably what I would change now if I had the chance. In hindsight it is easy to say, when you are so caught up in it, sometimes it is just impossible to see.”
So the last two years he has been doing his best as a father in bringing up his daughter Madison Isabella Midro. “She is the most beautiful little girl I the word and my heart beats for her now! I love her like I never knew love was possible!” says Midro.
Which isn’t to say he doesn’t still love his music. On the contrary: “music is the universal language. I used these words on the 12” releases I did in 2005 titled Music Is The Key. The quickest and most effective ways to change society is through music,” he says. “Change the music of society and society will change. I know and am proud that I was part of the global change that happened and still is happening as a direct result of techno music and the revolution it created, as it that blasted its loud wordless sound across the globe in the early ’90s. And to this day it still does!”
Nevertheless, the soft spot musically, for Jason still remains. A little quiet on the production front, he claims he hasn’t been writing much in the last 12 months. He has been keeping busy though: “I have been doing my diploma of music at MWT to update much of my knowledge of theory and other aspects of music I obviously did not understand. There is a difference to when I was studying at the age of ten to that which I now know at the age of 40!”
“So I am ready to go into the studio and work now. I am looking for the perfect partner to work with, so if anyone who has an exceptional grasp on the tech/engineering side and is looking for someone who has so much music inside just ready to be brought to life, contact me! The job of music production these days is one for at least two people. I find it hard to do all things myself because trying to be creative and also so technical with the machinery can result in a clash.”
Inspirationally, he describes U2 and Bono as his very raison d’être for continuing to be involved in the scene, and boasts about buying diamond tickets to Roger Waters performing The Wall next February. “Yes, I have been listening to a lot of Pink Floyd again! Otherwise, I have really been getting into the sounds of the big rock bands that have been using a lot of classical orchestral music, Coldplay and the like. I still get right into trance and house music as well, but it has to be a very high quality music that possesses something unique to get my attention. Plus, I still and always will love psy-trance!”
Finally, Jason reminisces about the changes in the scene over the last few years. The dominance of festivals, the evolution and mash-up of genres and the changing of the guard as it were – yet he hasn’t been motivated enough – or inspired – to get back into being the DJ. That said, the Bass Station birthday is a great chance for the crew to get back together and play a selection of the best and greatest tracks ever played over the years at the club.