Spawned from the primordial soup of the Electro house scene Mason entered the World with a bang with a monster hit ‘Exceeder’. Since then he has continued to make interesting and unpredictable noises for nightclubs and headphones alike. From overground hit records to subterranean sounds this Dutchman certainly cover all musical bases.
Growing up on Hip Hop, Funk, Rock and early House gave the producer a broad educational grounding and a lot bad influences to boot. He has given birth to a motley family of records over the years with features by esteemed guests such as Stefflon Don, Run DMC, Roisin Murphy, Sway, Kurtis Blow, Crazy P, Marcos Valle and Aqualung. On top of two fully fledged artist albums Mason has recently unleashed a number of bangers via imprints such as Island, Defected, Club Sweat and his own Animal Language label.
Just around the corner is more dancefloor ammunition in the shape of a single for the legendary Skint Records, a remix for Sting and some weighty vocalist/MC collaborations. The essence of the Mason sound is the fusing of melody and groove with a healthy disregard for the sounds of on-trend, bandwagon jumping fashionistas. He always manages to sound contemporary without dating his music.
Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
My kinda house music plus six more words makes ten..
What’s your personal favorite track on it?
Half the tracks are my own so I’ll be humble enough to pick from the other half. I’ll choose ’Rave Slave’ by Tazer. Partly cause the name is so obnoxious and partly cause I found it yesterday and the last track you found is always any DJ’s favorite (we have short attention spans and blame the lifestyle for it)
What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
I’ve included 3 of my Chronology EP tracks on it. I’ve been working for a while on an EP with 4 tracks dedicated and named to specific moments of a club night. 11PM / 5AM / 7AM are in the mix. You have to forgive me for not including 1AM, but it’s out there on Beatport and so forth.
What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
Closing the Milkshake Festival in my hometown Amsterdam was really special. Partly because the crowd was out of this world, partly because I wasn’t aware I’d be closing the main stage till I arrived 15 minutes before. Note to self: read your itinerary.
What have you got coming up?
Really happy to finally have a release with Skint Records, as it’s such a legendary label. Apart from that this that ‘calm before the storm’ I think Trump was talking about, as it’s almost ADE , which means shitloads of parties, drinks, showcases, no sleeps and perhaps some more drinks.
And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Try to listen to this mix backward and in half speed and you might find a special message (at some point)………
01. Toto – Africa (Mason’s Re-jig)
02. Andy Toth & Billy Love – Thrillseekers (Chuck Daniels Remix)
03. Myd – Bingo
04. Mason – 11PM
05. Boy 8 Bit – Want You (Mason Remix)
06. Etienne De Crecy – Sun
07. Mason – 7AM
08. Tazer – Rave Slave
09. Mason – Dance, Shake, Move (Club mix)
10. Noisy Bear – I Like It (Kolombo Remix)
11. Jean Bacarreza & Loulou Players – Get Up (Mason Remix)
12. Billy Kenny – The Hood Girl
13. Mason – 5AM
14. U Touche Me – Nonfiction
15. Lee Walker – Rock Climber
16. Rex The Dog – Groove Is In The Rex