In My Coma

Posted by Christopher Rudder
It's 2012, and what a night New Years was here in Toronto. The streets were packed, the drunken zombies roam the streets, cars honk, people scream with excitement, people fall, people get up, people throw up and the cops are wondering why they decided to patrol tonight out of all nights. After awakening from my own drunken coma I get a message from my brother to check out this band that wants to put me back in my coma...literally.
In My Coma is the brainchild of vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Jasper James. Though Jasper has spent the last several years in southern Ontario, Canada, the foundation of his musical creativity rests in his English heritage. Born in Guildford, a small city south of London, England, Jasper grew up listening to the popular British bands of the 80s, thanks to his father's passion for the music.
 

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"Loosing Sleep (Radio Edit)" by In My Coma
IMC’s music combines the energy and loudness of modern rock with the dark and melodic characteristics of Brit-pop. Focusing on a world where so much still remains undiscovered and unexplained, the lyrical side of In My Coma conveys unusual stories with themes of death, darkness, and fear, fused with ambiguous elements of hope and human potential. The musical compositions compliment the lyrics by combining unusual chord progressions and an off-the-wall blending of notes. All of these elements fall into place in IMC’s radio-friendly songs that are constructed to be meticulously melodic.
“In My Coma is about open doors, both musically and aesthetically,” asserts Jasper. “A friend said that our music made him picture ‘magnets and miracles,’ which is a brilliant way of explaining ourselves and what IMC is all about. We’re all connected, and sometimes bad things happen, but nothing is without some form of purpose.”
Let's speak with Jasper...see what's going on in his head when he's in his coma...
CR: wanna thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk with me and Rogue Magazine’s Hearing Aid . How Are You? 
In My Coma: Pumped. We have a show tonight in Hamilton and I’m looking forward to it.
CR:...iiight lets do this!!! Aside from music and what is written in your bio, tell us something about you that your fans don’t know.
In My Coma: I’m a giant football (English – aka Soccer) fan. I’m up at the crack of dawn on Saturday mornings just to watch the games. When it comes to national tournaments like the Euro Cup and World Cup, I bleed English red and white. I support Liverpool FC mainly, but have a vast appreciation for many of the other teams in the game.
CR: As an artist, the musical journey is a long (trust me I know) and can not be done by oneself. Who are some of the people in your life who have supported you and continue to support you through you musical career.
In My Coma: It is absolutely a long journey and by no means an easy one. I think in this industry, you have to surround yourself with loyalty. For me, it starts with the group. We’re a trio and Laura and Mike are two people that I trust implicitly and admire. I wouldn’t be where I am now without them. So, the foundation of success for me begins with your musical colleagues. From there, you branch out and make contacts with genuinely good people. Contrary to popular belief, there are still some great people in the music industry. You just have to find them. Other than that, don’t treat anybody as if they’re more important than anyone else. A fan is a fan is a fan. Treat them with respect and appreciation and the favor will be returned.
CR: Who are the musical legends that influenced you growing up, and/or affected your musical career and who are the unsigned artists you respect and love
In My Coma: I am a big Chris Cornell fan. I grew up in the nineties and my folks are British so I was bred on grunge rock and 80’s brit pop. I am a little bit of an odd ball when it comes to my influences because I liked Nirvana and Depeche Mode growing up. As far as unsigned artists, I am not necessarily inspired by bands themselves, but rather by their ideas. Death Cab decided to film their music video for “You Are a Tourist” live on Youtube. They took one take live in front of an audience of 90,000 and kept the video. To me, that’s genius! Ideas like that are really inspiring.
CR: I’m gonna say a few words...tell me the first thing that comes to mind...lets start with your name (In My Coma[i])...[/i]
In My Coma: Jasper
CR: Change 
In My Coma: Deftones
CR: Journey 
In My Coma: Life
CR: Destination 
In My Coma: Music
CR: Life
In My Coma: Journey
CR: Favorite word
In My Coma: Blithering 
CR: Least favorite word
In My Coma: Impossible
CR: Favorite word to cuss with 
In My Coma: Bonkers
CR: If I stole your iPod/iPhone/iPad or MP3 player...aside from my songs and Rogue Mag’s The Book Of Angels video podcasts what else would i find.
In My Coma: I literally just grabbed my iPhone and scrolled through to find a wide variety of music from the Naked and Famous to Chevelle to Depeche Mode to Jessie J to New Order to Michael Buble to Mumford and Sons and some great Canadian rock from bands like Hollowick and Thornley. Of course, I have a large quantity of Soundgagarden, Pearl Jam, and Queens of the Stone Age. The list goes on and on, my friend.
   
CR: For all of our readers who will hear some of your songs, read the interview and become instant fans; tell them where they can learn more about you, your music, any upcoming projects, events or albums. Tell everyone your website addresses?
In My Coma: If you go to www.inmycoma.com you’ll be redirected to our facebook page. We’re on that page daily, posting videos, songs, blog entries, etc. We’re really excited to communicate with and bring more to our fans. This is the connection that I get excited about. Word of mouth is a powerful tool and our fans are a huge reason why our music is reaching as many people as it is. They spread the word like wildfire and we have new fans every hour. It’s amazing to see these things unfold.  
CR: Cool, on behalf of the Rogue Mag I wanna personally thank you for taking the time out to chit-chat with me. Keep on pushing and we will work together again!!!
In My Coma: Thanks for having me. This was a blast.