If you don’t know Jason Dottley, let me introduce you to him: Jason is an actor (Sordid Lives: The Series), producer (Yellow, Sordid Lives, Southern Baptist Sissies, Trailer Trash Housewife), and a recording artist (Party Round the World, Hit Play!, Pop It). For as long as Jason has been turning out singles, people have been asking and waiting for a full length album. If you do know Jason, then you know he is always full of surprises and I am sure the album will reflect all that plus more!
Here are some stats from his IMDb page: In March of 2010, Dottley’s first single spent three months on the Billboard charts and peaked at #19 earning Jason his first Billboard Top 20 Record. It was appropriately titled “Party Round the World” – a duet with Debby Holiday. His last single Hit Play! earned Jason another Top 30 Billboard hit and 9 weeks on the charts at the end of 2010 and through the beginning of 2011.
Dottley’s record company JD3 Records produced (and he starred in) the national tour of A Sordid Affair with Rue McClanahan, Caroline Rhea, Leslie Jordan and more of his Sordid Lives cast mates in 2009-2010/11. He also produced Del Shores’ one-man national tour Del Shores: My Sordid Life in over 30 cities and the DVD of the show which was filmed in January 2011.
I’ve have had the privilege of sitting to chat with Jason on many occasions about his music, career, and his plans for the future. Sometimes we just discuss things we have learned from Oprah’s Life Class, of which we are both avid students. With the new album, Take This, and the Kickstarter project he is currently conducting to fund it, I thought it would be fun to ask him a few questions. In typical Jason Dottley fashion, he agreed with no coaxing at all .
Q: After being King of the Singles (Hit Play, Party Round the World, and most recently Pop It) What made you decide to take on a full album?
A: Ha! I did always think of it like it was back in Elvis’ day. Record after record. Now I’m doing a full album because I want to. I need to.
Q: Speaking of the singles, Pop It has been HUGE in Europe and quite the hit in the US as well. How did that make you feel?
A: Almost there.
Q: You have been through some BIG changes in your personal life. There is a noticeable difference in the way you are approaching your career as well as handling your business. How has your divorce changed the way you look at things and the way you handle it all?
A: Well, there’s now only one perspective.
Q: Jason Dottley has always been someone who stays true to himself. Has it been difficult to do that through the storms? Or are you truly “finding” yourself now?
A: I know who I am. The problem is that that changes every day so it’s a bitch keeping up, so I often fall a bit behind.
Q: President Obama recently took a stand for same sex marriage. You have always been a very vocal supporter of the issue. How did it feel to know our President is on your side as well?
A: I love Obama. We needed a hero, and we got one. I pretend to understand the game of politics so I believe he’s always felt this way. Now he has said it. The President who can declare war, has declared that he personally believes in gay marriage. That message is historically massive. It thrills me to tears.
Q: Whether same sex marriage is legal or not, there will always be issues of bullying and prejudice. What advice can you offer those individuals dealing with that? How about the parents and family members of victims of bullying? Anything you’d like to say to the bullies themselves?
A: I’d say it gets better, but it only gets different. This entire issue boils down to self-esteem mostly, in my opinion. Neither the bully nor the victim usually have developed a strong self-confidence because it would eliminate the need to bully and the fear that causes one to be bullied. We have to build up our children. Tell them they can do whatever their heart desires. That they must work hard and love hard. “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” There was much truth to that mantra in The Help.
Q: You have been such a fan favorite over the years but with the changing economy has it become more difficult to do Kickstarter campaigns? I see you have some pretty awesome rewards listed in your most recent one. Was it difficult to come up with appropriate incentives?
A: OH. MY. GOD. yes, the economy has affected everyone it seems from the studios to performers like me. I’ll start begging people 30 days out, trust me.
Q: You have been writing lots of songs these days. Has that helped you get through all the “stuff” that comes along with major life changes?
A: Yes! I feel like Taylor Swift constantly but with a filthy mouth. It’s so liberating making music.
Q: What’s the best advice you have ever gotten from anyone? Who gave it to you?
A: If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done before.” (Oprah’s Life Class, author unknown)
Q: What’s the best advice you have ever given to someone (in your opinion)?
A: F*ck ‘em!
Q: I have known you for a while now, I think a little over 3 years, and you have always been a very positive, pleasant person. What’s one thing that will absolutely turn your sweet charm into, well, let’s say a not so sweet charm?
A: Hunger, alcohol, and unwarranted or abused authority (occurring while under the influence of either of the first two).
Q: In your opinion, what is your best quality? Your worst?
A: What a crazy question! Best? I don’t give a f*ck what people think of me (unless you’re close enough to get a birthday present). Worst? Only child-syndrome: me me me.
Q: Besides your music, you have always enjoyed acting. Any plans to return to that arena anytime soon?
A: You bet your ass. I was just online planning my LA return when I got this – looking at rentals. I’m going through a little full body re-boot, and then I’m heading back to LA to f*cking kill it.
Q: I know you recently performed at an event with Crystal Waters (I was lucky enough to be there) and will be opening for Deborah Cox in Denver on Friday, June 15th. What else is on the horizon for Jason Dottley?
A: Uh, duh. Madonna’s MDNA tour. I actually have rewards on my Kickstarter for amazing tickets and to see the show with me – in any city in the US. Seeing Madonna close Confessions in Tokyo changed my life. Well, not just seeing her tour, but being swallowed by Japanese urban culture. Life changing. I’ve changed my best advice I can give to, “Go to Tokyo!”. :)
I would like to thank Jason Dottley for his time and for giving me a fun interview! To learn more about him, please visit his Facebook Page and give it a like. If you are on Twitter, I suggest giving him a follow there as well. You will want to keep up with all that is going on with him, plus he is just fun to follow! Don’t forget to look him up on Spotify and iTunes too. Take a look at his Kickstarter page to see all of the amazing rewards he is offering for your help in getting the album completed . There really is something fun there for everyone at every level.
Here is Jason, performing live at ProBar in Atlantic City, NJ for you to enjoy until he comes to a city near you.