Oral History of Jason McFarland, interviewed by Riley K. Franks, Anthony J. Kniffin, Hunter J. Patrick and Jackson G. Taylor, 20 April, 2017

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Oral History of Jason McFarland, interviewed by Riley K. Franks, Anthony J. Kniffin, Hunter J. Patrick and Jackson G. Taylor, 20 April, 2017

Description

Sound engineer, drummer, and songwriter Jason Mcfarland was born in New York City in 1973. He has lived in the Lowcountry since the 1980s. His earliest music memories are related to Joyce Kilmer Park in the South Bronx, where every Saturday, bands like Chic or Talking Heads used to play. Additionally, he saw legendary musicians such as The Jackson 5 and James Brown at the Apollo Theater where his cousin worked as a sound engineer. These early experiences were enriched by the Gospel and Funk sounds of Awendaw. Later, he attended Wando High School and was a member of the marching band. In the interview, Mcfarland talks about the origin of his first band, Funny Looking Kids, and explains how young musicians worked to find opportunities to play before the internet era. He reflects about punk culture and states that Black Flag, Bad Brains and the Descendents were his most influential artists. He affirms that touring with Fishbone was one of the most memorable and remarkable experiences of his career. He recalls the Charleston music scene in the 1980s and 1990s, naming the music venues, record stores, and bars that congregated musicians and students in the city. Mcfarland is proud of his multifaceted career as a sound engineer and as a musician, which gives him multiple opportunities to enjoy great music. At the time of the interview, McFarland was playing with two bands, Funny Looking Kids and Hybrid Mutants.

Source

Working Charleston

Publisher

The Citadel Archives & Museum

Date

Rights

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Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/624

Coverage

Charleston (S.C.)

Interviewer

Riley K. Franks
Anthony J. Kniffin
Hunter J. Patrick
Jackson J. Taylor

Interviewee

Jason McFarland

Duration

1 hour, 9 minutes

Collection

Citation

The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel, “Oral History of Jason McFarland, interviewed by Riley K. Franks, Anthony J. Kniffin, Hunter J. Patrick and Jackson G. Taylor, 20 April, 2017,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed February 5, 2023, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/624.