Am Conspiracy biography
Boasting a sound encompassing hard rock and killer melodies, yet fraught with emotional peaks and valleys, AM Conspiracy is set to ambush the airwaves soon with the release of their dazzling debut album, "While You Were Sleeping."
AM Conspiracy (AMC for short) arose, phoenix-like, out of the ashes of Orlando-based rock group Canvas. Their nascent sound so impressed vocalist Jason "Gong" Jones, who'd just come off three years on the road as lead singer for Platinum act Drowning Pool, that he jumped at the opportunity to front the group. Two years and one name change later, AM Conspiracy's "While You Were Sleeping" is the ultimate end-product of the quintet's determination, patience and creative expression.
Jones, a South Carolina native, initially moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the music industry. He soon befriended Ming "Lucky" Cheng, brother of Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who bestowed upon Jones the nickname "Gong." Jones quickly established himself in Los Angeles, both as a respected tattoo artist in the daytime and while performing with bands along the Sunset Strip at night. In 2002 he signed on as lead singer of the Platinum-selling metal band Drowning Pool in the wake of the tragic death of original vocalist Dave Williams. Scarcely missing a beat, over the next three years he helped the group earn a pair of top "Billboard" singles.
Despite the success, all was not well. "The situation was making me miserable," confesses Jones, detailing his decision to split from Drowning Pool. "While it did give me the opportunity to meet some really great musicians, such as Dimebag Darrell, I found myself sickened by the feelings of selling out. I didn't get into this business for the purpose of being a one-dimensional songwriter. That's not what true rock & roll is about and that's not what I'm about."
Happily, after completing his final tour with Drowning Pool Jones found his next musical passion: AM Conspiracy. The dual-axe attack of guitarists Brian Diemar and Clint Campbell, complemented by a rockin' rhythm section comprised of bass player Kenny Harrelson and highly acclaimed drummer Dean Andrews, proved to be an irresistible lure for the well-traveled singer.
In January 2007 Jones and Diemar commenced producing debut album "While You Were Sleeping," collaborating with co-producer Rae DiLeo (Filter and Army of Anyone). "Rae DiLeo has been a personal friend of mine for over 15 years; we go way back," observes Diemar. "When Jason and I discussed producing our debut album, we instantly thought about asking Rae if he would be interested in our project. We went over to his studio and played him the demos. He loved what he heard and agreed that we had something really special going on. From that point on Rae was involved in the complete process, traveling coast to coast to record and working around the clock."
"AM Conspiracy is bringing back the rock," enthuses DiLeo, "with big guitars and heavy, melodic vocals--things that are desperately needed on modern radio today. They go from sublime sonic tapestries to heavy guitars that will tear your head off, while Jason's voice adds the perfect finishing touch. I enjoyed the entire process and am so pleased to say I was a part of it."
AM Conspiracy's first single, "Far," has already been favorably received by the listeners of XM Radio's premier Rock station, SQUIZZ, where it currently resides in regular rotation--weeks prior to its official release. Unconcerned with being glued to any genre and determined to stay true to the type of music they want to make, AM Conspiracy is certain to appeal to a wide range of the music-loving masses.