Jason Slater, who was the original bassist for the group Third Eye Blind, has died at the age of 49, as reported on Thursday by the site TMZ.
Slater’s daughter, Alyssa Carlson, told TMZ that the rock musician died of liver failure, at a hospital in Maui, Hawaii. Carlson added that his father had kept his illness a secret for some time; she found out last month when he ended up in the hospital.
A representative for Third Eye Blind told TMZ that the band hadn’t spoken to Slater since 1996, but said: “When an energetic member of the music scene is brought in too early, it’s always a sad moment.”
Slater was part of Third Eye Blind when they recorded their first demo. He left the band after their first year, according to TMZ.
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As TMZ highlighted, Third Eye Blind enjoyed most of their success after Slater left the band.
The bassist, however, continued his career in music, working as a songwriter and producer for the past two decades.
A 2000 article in the San Francisco Gate (later updated in 2012) reported that after leaving Third Eye Blind, Slater went on to play with a band called the Snake River Conspiracy. He also co-owned a recording studio with producer Eric Valentine. The outlet added that at the time the article was written, Slater had “recently turned down an offer to produce Stevie Nicks.”
During the interview, Slater mentioned, “The songwriting is and will be the Beatles … Joe Jackson,” Slater said. “Those people wrote songs with real changes and real parts and real melodies. You can play them on any instrument and know what they are. I tried playing an f-Korn song on a piano. You won’t know what the hell it is. Bands and people who have surpassed all genres, like U2, have taken the best of what was happening and applied it to good songs ”.
Slater also revealed that the relationship between him and Stephan Jenkins, the leader of Third Eye Blind, over the years had been affected.
“It was in fashion with Stephan’s bull, a long time ago,” he told SF Gate. “I wanted to have a career in music for the rest of my life and I knew that if I was associated with that guy, I would not be allowed to do so. He was the inspiration for many of the songs on this album. The song ‘Somebody Hates You’ is completely about him. “
An addition to the piece shared that after the article was published, the two “tried to be nice again.”
In a separate New York Times article, Jenkins’ feelings for his former bandmate were echoed, and he told the Times that Jenkins had “refused to record a good Cadogan song because it meant giving him credit.”
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He said, “Stephan has been doing the same thing to everyone forever … He doesn’t want to lose the facade that he is the genius of music, so he surrounds himself with people who have a talent for cheering up.”
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