Michael Mason brings a breath of fresh air to NYC’s nightlife. Michael Mason began DJing at the age of 18, and quickly earned himself a residency at The Downtown Hookah Lounge. From there, Michael moved from his home in Upstate New York to Manhattan, and that’s where his career began to take flight. After pairing up with other city DJs, he began to play clubs throughout the city. In his first full year, he played with acts such as Major Lazer, Madeon, Dank, Lazer Disk Party Sex, One Love and many others. He’s played at countless venues throughout the city, including Pacha, B.B. Kings, and Amazura. His airy, spacious songs have a huge sound that will shake your mind and your body. His debut EP, Snooze Button, will be released November 24th. We asked Michael about his Debut EP in the interview below, enjoy!
Entertwine: Could you tell us a bit about your background? What originally led you to begin creating / producing music?
I grew up in a small town in Upstate NY, and from a young age I knew I wanted to live in the big city. My first band was formed when I was in 4th grade and there was no stopping from there. In middle school I started to ask my parents for music equipment as presents, and they really encouraged me to try and make music. I started producing hip-hop beats in high school and from there moved onto dance music.
How do you approach selecting potential songs to remix? Could you tell us about some of the songs you’ve remixed already?
It’s hard to describe. Often times I’ll choose to remix a song I love, have a direction I want to take it, and as I work on it I realize it’s taken on a life of it’s own. Other times I stumble upon a song and something just catches me. My remix of Coca-Cola was like that. I heard the song on shuffle on Pandora, immediately emailed the band and got to work doing a remix.
What can you tell us about your experience within the music scenes of New York City? Could you tell us about a few of your most exciting or interesting live performances?
The music scene in this city is unreal. I’ve had some amazing nights as a DJ and as a fan here, and it’s hard to pick just one. If I HAD to pick a single event, it would be my 3-hour set in the basement of Pacha. I spun back to back with one of my best friends, and the crowd was electric. The stage is just barely elevated, so it’s an incredibly intimate set. I love connecting with fans like that.
What life experiences and events led to the writing and recording of your new EP “Snooze Button”? What inspired the album’s visual presentation?
The first song I wrote on the EP was Snooze Button, and from the moment I started I knew exactly what I wanted it to be. I wanted to capture the feeling of being ripped from sleep by an alarm clock, hitting the snooze button, then falling right back into a dream. After I finished it I realized it would be the perfect climax to an EP, and the whole piece really seemed to fall into place naturally over the course of a few months. The visuals were actually done by Julian Kozmon, a visual artist from Cleveland. You can check out his other artwork here http://mxlxtxv.weebly.com/
What does 2015 hold in store for Michael Mason?
All good things. Nothing is set in stone, especially when it comes to music. I’m really pushing to get in at a few festivals this summer, and if all goes well, I want to try and do a tour down the east coast before next fall. Regardless, I’ll be making music as long as there are people to listen.
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