Mason (Band Interview)
Today we speak to Mason!
Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band?
In the very beginning the original line-up of Mason consisted of Andrew Hudson (Harlott) on vocals, Glen Gamble on Bass, Nonda on the drums, Ryan Butler (Ex Harlott/Mason) on guitar and myself Jimmy Benson on guitar. That lasted a few years and we recorded our first self-titled ep/demo. Shortly after Glen decided to leave to further with his studies which forced Hudson to take on vocals & Bass. Soon after was the departure of Ryan Butler and soon after Andrew left the band which left myself and Nonda back to square one. At this point the first album “Warhead” was ready to be recorded, but we had no members left. I eventually said screw it and take on singing and guitar not long after Steve Montalto joined on bass and we recorded the first album. After years of searching for the right lead guitarist we finally found Grant Burns which finally completed the line-up of today – Jimmy, Nonda, Steve, Grant!
What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)?
All of us with the exception of Grant never have had any formal music ‘Lesson’ we’re all self taught. Straight from the stereo to the ear.
So what can you tell us about your latest album? (Inspiration. Sound. Style.)
Myself and Burns were really just trading riffs at his home studio. We both inspired each other to keep writing on a weekly basis and before you we knew it we had a full length album that was already sounding great, so we fine tuned with the rest of the band and that really gave it the Mason trademark sound and style.
How did you go about making it?
I would trek out to Burns’ home studio which is about 2 hours from the rest of us and we would smoke cigarettes and drink a LOT of coffee and work on song ideas, musically and lyrically and basically just spit ball until we had something solid to run with. It was really natural. After everything was demoed up we rehearsed it and then went into the studio to record it.
Anything you’ve learnt as you’ve gone along? Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works?
We learnt to work with people in person and be very direct with the vision you have. Don’t ever settle for “good enough”. You live and you learn. In terms of recording and messing around with studio stuff we do plenty of that to try and get things sounding right.
What sort of technology and instruments do you work with?
We tour with Kemper amps, Nonda uses Tama drums …And I’m not sure what Steve’s bass rig is…you would need to ask him, haha.
Anything you’re keen to use on your next album?
Defiantly going to stick with what works for the second album. You know the saying? “If it ain’t broke”.
Any future plans for your solo work, or do you have other projects on the horizon?
Burns has some solo guitar/instrumental projects. But we generally like to keep everything focused on Mason.
Any plans for upcoming live shows?
We have three shows in our hometown Melbourne and then we’re rapping up the year and hopefully heading back to Europe to start 2018.
Let’s have a few general questions now. What do you see as a musician’s role in society?
I don’t think musicians have a certain role but to be honest and true to themselves. People play music to feel good and if other people can get enjoyment out of it then more power to them.
How’s the scene different in your country to what we’re familiar with? Anything unique to your country?
People are people anywhere you go there’s really no difference. Haha, You guys do like to thrash though!
Where do you stand on music videos? Do you see their value in today’s world?
Music videos are extremely important for bands. People need a visual to go along with the music and without it can be very one dimensional.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Destroy the internet.
Any advice for new bands?
Play your asses off and book as many shows as you can!!! Promote the shows!!!
Let’s have some generic questions. Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars for days!
Sci-Fi or Fantasy?
Neither, that’s nerd shit… is The X Files Sci-Fi?
Rob Zombie’s re-make for Halloween.
Books or Comics?
Trump or Putin?
Anything you’d like to tell our readers?
Sorry for wasting 2 mins of your life.
Any last words for our readers?
Check out Mason and check out our NEW album ‘Impervious’ and hope to see you guys on the road!