Benjamin Mason, of Haverfordwest, Wales, makes us happy.
His music? It’s charged with refreshing positivity, twangy fretwork and endless possibilities.
His new album, which features friends covering his music? Yup, that results in a definite smile.
As for his answer on the last question… it elicits a big fat grin.
SIX CRUCIAL QUESTIONS FOR BENJAMIN MASON
NAME: Benjamin Mason (photo above)
BAND: Benjamin Mason, Bagpipe Whiskey, Caru Cariad, Benfro, Sven Monsoon
1. What is your earliest musical memory?
Family holidays listening to my parents cassettes, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, etc.
2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?
Thankfully not many except for the odd technical difficulty here and there.
3. What do you like and dislike about touring?
I love playing music for people, music is such a powerful tool and should be respected. I dislike being away from my partner and two beautiful daughters.
4. What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?
Terminal Records in my hometown Haverfordwest.
5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?
Cliche but it has to be The Beatles’ White Album. I had on it on repeat on my walkman for ages. Such a huge spectrum of songwriting, really takes me on a journey. Ah i’m putting it on now.
6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?
About Benjamin Mason’s New Album – “I Asked My Friends To Cover My Songs And This Is What They Came Up With” – Release Date: 28/07/2017
From Benjamin Mason:
“Welsh musical polymath Benjamin Mason is set to release a unique charity album on the 28th July. The album consists of thirteen of Benjamin’s songs covered by his friends/contemporaries.
“I Asked My Friends To Cover My Songs And This Is What They Came Up With” main aim is to raise funds for the Thorne Mason Trust, which is a Pembrokeshire based charity aiming to help brain tumour sufferers in the area. They have also donated large amounts to Brain Tumour Research and are currently funding a PHD student. For more information visit (http://www.thornemasontrust.co.uk/)
“Over its thirteen tracks the album sees Ben’s original compositions twisted into many exciting new forms including avant-electronica, lo-fi DIY garage pop, and ethereal pop.
“Artists who have contributed to the album include: Pulco, Ryu, Undersound, Easy Buffalo, Todd Tuttle and Douglas Seidel, Yewdrops, Quiet Noise, Derren Heath, Jonski, Ian Thistlethwaite, Matthew Frederick and Jodie Marie. Most of these musicians are based in Wales except for Ryu who is from Japan & Todd Tuttle and Douglas Seidel who are based in the US.
“The unique artwork for the album was created by Richard Blacklaw-Jones who uses found objects on Pembrokeshire beaches to make his pieces. (http://www.beachcombingart.co.uk/)”
Images Courtesy of Benjamin Mason
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