Interview with Mason Summit

For my readers who are new to your music, how would you describe your sound?
I try not to stick with any one genre, but I incorporate elements of ’60s pop/rock/psychedelic, jazz, country and folk.

What are your earliest memories of music? Have they shaped the way you write and perform now?
I come from a musical family, and I think the first time I remember hearing music is driving around with my mom playing Bob Dylan’s Blood On the Tracks in the CD player. My family also went to a lot of folk concerts, and my parents put instruments in my hands at a very early age. Growing up in a house filled with instruments definitely guided me towards performing and writing, and observing my dad writing songs just made it kind of a natural thing to do.

I see you’ve been performing since an early age, how important do you think it is to have experience in live performance as a musician?
I think the first time I ever performed music in front of an audience was the moment I knew I wanted to be a musician. It’s my absolute favorite thing to do. To me, a song doesn’t feel finished until I’ve played it in front of people.

Your last three albums were received quite well, have you used similar methods in your new EPK? Or are you trying out some different methods?
I’m glad you asked! This is actually the first time I’ve done my own publicity. My previous records were handled by the wonderful Kim Grant at KG Music Press, which generally focuses more on the Americana community. Since this record is a big departure from that sound, I thought I’d try my hand at getting press by myself, and it’s been going pretty well. I’ve basically been really into the DIY approach in every aspect of my music — engineering/mixing the record myself, booking the tour myself, etc. It’s empowering and rewarding.

Lastly, you’re working on your fourth album, Summer Cold, is there a release date yet? Or perhaps any performances scheduled?
Yes! The album comes out on January 19th. The single, “Stick It Out” dropped last month. I have a release show at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles on the 19th and a full-band mini-tour of California over President’s Day Weekend.

For more information on Mason, visit his Website and Facebook

To hear more of his music visit his Soundcloud

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