Artist: Brent Mason
Album: High Water Mark
How did you come up with the name of your new album “High Water Mark”?
I guess the title came from an accumulation of events- mother dying, kids getting older and young musicians popping up around- it felt like a time of looking at where I am musically and in my life as I was writing and recording it.
What is your favorite track off the album?
What my favourite track is varies from night to night when we're playing them! Listening can be mood dependent as well - they're a pretty diverse bunch of songs. I don't have a favourite kid, either!
What inspires your songs more—personal experiences or the world around you?
The songs come from a combination of experience and introspection- it's hard to differentiate one from the other a lot of the time- sometimes I go looking for something, but usually it finds me.
What sparked your aural addiction?
Music has been vital to me for as long as I can remember- from listening to country kitchen jams as a kid to having it become a personal bulwark against the madness and mundanity of day to day life. It's such a high to play and to listen to!
Who would you like to collaborate with?
I'm not really one to co-write or collaborate much, but Jessica Rhaye and I work well together - we've co-written several songs and are working on more - she's got a great melodic sense and I'm ok with words.
Are there any genres of music you would like to try or avoid?
I don't consciously avoid genres- my kids have rap, hip hop and r&b around a lot which I probably wouldn't hear if they weren't exposing me to it. Some of it I really like, some of it I really don't. I get bored with classic rock pretty quickly.
What is currently on your playlist?
I don't really have a playlist! This week I've been listening to Amelia Curran, who I am in awe of as a writer, and Jason Isbell. There's no end to it!
What is your favorite type of performance venue?
As long as the venue is about music, I'm good! I'm lucky that I can do small, intimate solo concerts as well as bigger rooms with a band - I have a good band!
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
Instead of going from my BA to a fully funded masters degree, I blew it off and travelled through Canada and the US working as a carny on a midway!