The music creator – COMO Magazine

St. Louis rocker Jason Schrick promotes local musicians with his production company, JPS Productions.

When Jason Schrick, 41, from St. Louis, moved to Columbia 13 years ago, he had no idea he would open his own music production company. He had been the frontman of the rock group Six by Silver, which toured regionally and had some success: they had a song, “Make Believe”, featured on the TV show. A tree hill and performed shows with well known artists like Buckcherry, Collective Soul and Saliva. The band even signed with the Code 5 Records sub-label and released an album. Then, in 2008, the group broke up. It was sudden and unexpected.

“I had friends who went to school here, so initially I came [to Columbia] move away from the [St. Louis] bars and all the questions about what happened to the band, ”Jason recalls. “I wanted to clear my head and start over, and I ended up staying here. And after having my daughter [Avery, who is now 11], I loved the city. I fell in love with people. It was just a good solution for me.

After some time in Colombia, where he notably performed in a group called Cost of Desire, later known as World Gone Mad, he noticed that the rock scene was not as developed as in Saint-Louis. . Jason saw an opportunity to change that.

“I came onto the St. Louis scene with bands like Modern Day Zero, Greenwheel, The Urge, Stir – we were all in the same boat, and we watched and supported each other, and I wanted it. to transmit. , because rock wasn’t that big when I moved here. It was, and still is, in a way, in the shadows.

Armed with his knowledge of the music industry and the many relationships established during his touring, Jason launched JPS Productions in August 2014. The company focuses on music production as well as act reservation, but the reservation side went first. He is able to book groups in St. Louis, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, Memphis, Louisville and more, all with the goal of getting performances in front of good crowds with many local support. . But building the business took time.

“The hardest thing was getting people to buy into what I was trying to do – I was new to this market, what do I know? Jason said. “So I was constantly going out and meeting artists. I went to Mojo’s all the time, and I worked at The Blue Note and Mojo’s for a while too, so I fitted into the scene once I saw that I was going to be here in the future. predictable. . . Networking, networking, networking. That’s the whole story. “

His biggest acts to date include Saliva, Lullwater, The Veer Union, and Local H.

But Jason says he always wanted to produce records and had a knack for writing songs. He has six employees who work with him. When he produced an album, he did so at Universal Music Group Studios in Nashville, where he worked with producer Malcolm Springer. Springer, who produced Six by Silver’s debut album, is a multi-platinum producer who has worked with Matchbox Twenty, Collective Soul and Fear Factory.

“He’s a phenomenal producer,” Jason says of Malcolm. “He’s like my music dad. He’s one of the most influential people in my life. I give it a lot of credit. “

With the pandemic shutting down concert halls and suspending touring, Jason says artists have spent 2020 writing music and recording, so while the booking side of his business has been slow, the production side has remained busy.

“In 2020, I got two bands into the Top 20 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator Charts, which was awesome. Many Colored Death arrived at # 16, and a group from Green Bay called Jamie Fontaine and the Level [had a song] that I produced and co-wrote which went to # 20. “

In 2021, JPS Productions is working with six groups – five rock groups and one hip hop group – but they don’t like to call themselves a label.

“I don’t really think of us as a label because that term has been lost in the music industry,” he says. “Today the labels are basically banks giving you money and a booking agent and wishing you luck in getting their money back. I see us more as an artist management company.

In the coming year, as he works with these six acts, he expects a lot of success.

“Some of them are recording in Nashville, some of them are recording locally. After that, we plan to work on national radio campaigns again with Many Colored Death, Dark Below and Amethyst, and hopefully get back to the Billboards with these three acts. Finally, if all goes well, we will put our artists back on tour.

With a lot of vision and passion, Jason built a business from the ground up that produces dreams for local artists.

“When I started JPS Productions,” he says, “I really wanted to build the scene [in Columbia] and do whatever I can to facilitate the growth and exposure of the groups.

JPS Productions
Colombia, Missouri
Facebook: @jpsproductionsandbooking

JPS Productions opens in August.

JPS Productions is reserving its first live, at Roxy’s, in October.

JPS is reserving its first national issue, Kris Roe of The Ataris, for November.

JPS signs his first artist management contract, with Dark Below, in March.

In September, JPS develops and hosts the first Mid-MO Rock Awards Show, a red carpet event for artists.

JPS is developing the “Metal Meltdown” branded event at Rose Music Hall, an event dedicated to showcasing local and regional metal bands.

JPS releases the Mid-MO Music compilation CD in April.

JPS has their first sold-out show, The Many Colored Death and Dark Below at Rose Music Hall.

JPS has his five year show at Rose Music Hall.

Artist JPS The Many Colored Death peaks at No. 16 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator chart.

Alice P. Darby