Exclusive Artist Interview: Masonx

Hailing from the northern west coast scene of Eugene, Oregon, rising multi-musician, artist and producer Masonx (derived from his birth name, Mason) has been on an insatiable industry incline since hitting the ground running in the market around 2020, so far proving that his multifaceted signature sound is not only a fresh one, but innovative as well – combining elements of several genres and styles to create something that is not only effective, but authentic and original. His experience as a musician and producer is very apparent and he really showcases multiple angles of his skill, spirit and writing style in every release – which is why we feel he deserves to be highlighted in this exclusive interview feature.

Specializing primarily in instrumental tracks, Masonx conjures up an Alt-Rock/Dreamwave oriented musical concoction and flavor with his utilization of guitar, bass, synth and drums for material that is all self produced, self performed and self written, respectively. He currently has two albums out and has a slew of material in the works that will be slated for release sometime in the near future. With his very active and determined mindset in the forefront, we decided to sit down with Masonx for an exclusive interview regarding the past, present and future.


How long have you been active under your artist name?

Officially online as Masonx for almost three years now!

What music scene/city do you currently represent?

I am currently living in Eugene Oregon and it is full of creative people, luckily i have a few collaborations in the works and finally getting out there as a producer.

The pandemic has really thrown a wrench into the live music experience and for artists altogether. How has it affected you and your career (if at all)?

The pandemic has been really chaotic youre absolutely right, tragic things have happened and that usually causes artists to create as a coping mechanism. I guess the same goes for me.

What are some of your music influences?

The main ones I can think of are Enigma, Thievery Corporation, Flying Lotus and so many more.

What kind of concepts do you tend to write about as an artist? Shine some light on that.

My first album ‘ Paradise Matrix ‘ is a concept album about the future of mankind, where technology is headed and a possible alien presence on this planet. The second album is more organic and less intense, ‘Sacred Gardens ‘ is the concept of finding solace during hard times, its more down to earth and calm.

If you could put together a dream show or tour, what bands/artists would be on the bill?

Good question! Probably a tour with Thievery Corporation and play some downtempo type tracks I’ve been working on! Someday I hope!

When is your next release coming out?

August 7th! This album is going to be awesome should be out on all major online outlets. Very excited to share what I’ve been working on.

What’s in store for you for the rest of 2022 and going into 2023? Give us the goods.

I have so many plans for this year and have so much music in store! An ambient album, a vaporwave album and a drum and bass type album. Also several collaborations with other talented musicians. Good things in store!


Connect with Masonx:

•Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6EMJ1G8UO32O6d60Ze0ZqB?si=wyH2sQMwTuycjJJHCBrh9g

•Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/infinite_future/

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Exclusive Artist Review: Nick Duane – “Broken Promises” Album

Emerging from the Providence, RI and prominent surrounding New England scene, rising Indie artist Nick Duane has been building an insatiable buzz throughout the landscape since his inception into the music realm with his debut album Confessions in 2011 and hasn’t slowed down in the slightest. Encapsulating a signature sound that diligently blends an ambient 80s/90s Indie Rock sensibility with today’s more modern approach, Nick Duane’s uniquely captivating songwriting and lyrical concepts have truly manifested into something that is both original and versatile in its execution; drawing in fans from many different musical backgrounds and tastes.

With a slew of releases under his belt since his debut record, the recently released fourth album Broken Promises is a true pinnacle of Nick Duane’s craft and really showcases his dynamic ability to put together a collection of songs that captivate your attention with his classic yet futuristic Indie Rock sensibility. Completely self produced and written, this 12-track record sets a tone that is both anthemic and atmospheric. Each track compliments the next and Nick proves that he truly knows how to write/tell a cohesive story both lyrically and instrumentally. Comprised of rhythmic grooves, crunchy guitar progressions, ambient key textures and anthemic vocal melodies, Nick delivers a solid execution on this record equally between the factors of performance and production value. His mid-range Bowie-style vocals fit his Indie style diligently and his thought provoking lyrics offer up a futuristic flow that is both interesting and original.

One of the notable tracks on this record is opening track “Anything”, a rhythmic song with a smooth bass line, crisp guitars and a catchy vocal progression that really sets the tone for the rest of the album. This song especially delivers very cleverly crafted keyboard riffs and smooth guitar leads, so Nick’s musicianship factors are very apparent as this track plays out. Another standout on this album is “The Old World”, an atmospheric tune with beautiful synth swells and guitar textures. This song especially shines a light on Nick’s versatile songwriting approach and really adds several new layers of depth. This song has hints of The Cure and Pink Floyd in it, which compliments Nick’s overall approach on this record and really explores a fresh angle of his musicianship factors.

One other notable track on this record is the album single “Birthday Greetings”, an acoustically driven anthem with several atmospheric layers and textures that brings Nick Duane’s signature sound to the forefront. This soothing track has very rhythmic progressions and leads that compliment each other throughout the song, and with Nick Duane’s story-telling vocals at the helm partnered with effective vocal melodies, this song truly hits it out of the park and brings every element of this record into one tasty flavor. Fans of the Dark Side of the Moon album will especially love this track, but even with nods to some of the original Rock greats throughout the record, Nick’s style is completely versatile, original and insatiably catchy. Any fan of the Indie Rock genre, no matter the era, will appreciate this record in full. It brilliantly brings together the essence of old school flavors and today’s more futuristic and modern musical realms, all stirred into one solidly anthemic tasty stew that is Broken Promises.

The album is currently available on Nick Duane’s official website along with Spotify and BandCamp. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen. You will also be enticed to do a deep dive into Nick’s discography and history.


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Artist Review: Kevin Borland – “Talking To Dead People” Album

Orlando, Florida’s Kevin Borland started making his impact in the music world with his 2016 debut album ‘Harbor City Meltdown’, a record that handsomely boasts his artistically progressive pop/alternative rock signature sound with a stylization that is original and dynamic. Tackling the realm of music with many successful releases under his belt over many years, Borland has a true knack and passion for being a composer/solo artist with several crucial influences from industry heavyweights like David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, as well as guitar pioneer Steve Vai.

Consistently putting out an array of notable releases since his debut in 2016, Borland has manifested into a thriving and rising solo artist, upping the ante with every record in terms of catchiness, coherence, creativity and originality. And this is heavily apparent with his newest album ‘Talking To Dead People’, a 15-track juggernaut that brings Borland’s colorful musical landscapes into to the forefront with cohesively catchy guitar riffs, progressive keyboard measures and melody-driven vocals fused together with well thought out lyrical themes. The track “Spoon Without a Fork” is a good example of this. With an unwavering groove from start to finish at the helm of this song, this track’s bass lines really tighten up the rhythm section in a way that drives the song in a dynamic direction alongside the story-telling narrative of Borland’s vocals. Topping the flavors off with prog/rock-style single-picking guitar riffs, this song is a standout of the album with its innovative verses and dangerously catchy chorus alongside all of the layers this song peels back as it plays out. If this is your first time hearing Kevin Borland, then this song will leave you with an insatiably unforgettable impression.

Another notable track on this record is the synth-driven “Autographed Picture of a Robot Dog”, a more jam band kind of approach with a gritty, bluesy rotund low end carrying an ominous melody that reminds you of the London nightlife. This song is anthemic, atmospheric and continues to demonstrate Borland’s inventive lyrical narratives – giving this song a distinctive edge that is sharp, witty and altogether innovative. Every part of this song is put together very diligently, especially the background vocal layers in the chorus that really give the entirety of this song’s melody an enhancement of compliments and style. It’s a brilliant listen from beginning to end and really solidifies the album’s overall tone.

One other song that really stands out on this record is closing track “No Love in the USA”, a more upbeat track with cruising tempos, diligently paralleled keys and guitars, and a big chorus that encompasses an anthemic arena of catchiness. This crafty closeout song not only wraps the record up with a shiny bow on top, but also entices you to start the record over again and do a deeper dive into Kevin Borland’s discography altogether. One thing this album has especially is multi genre approaches without crossing into absurd genre-mixing territories. It’s not some experimental craziness, it’s a diligently-composed and brilliantly themed collection of songs with crafty thought provoking lyrics that implement artistic outbursts of spoken word measures that really lend to the theming aspects of each song – coherently showcasing a signature sound that’s not only effective, but innovative in its execution as well. The attention to detail is amazing not only in terms of writing, but the performance factor as well. The production value is on point and doesn’t outdo itself in any way throughout the record’s duration. All in all, ‘Talking to Dead People’ is hands down Kevin Borland’s best release effort yet and will definitely hold a high regard upon those giving him a first listen. Those who are just discovering him will especially be impressed and will likely find enticement to go down the rabbit hole of Borland’s past releases, as well as pay close attention to the prospect of future ones as well. This album will not (and does not) disappoint in the slightest. ‘Talking to Dead People’ officially drops in June of this year and will be available across all digital music streaming platforms.


Connect:

•Official Website: https://www.kevinborlandmusic.com/

•Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KevinBorlandMusic

•YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwqBEbImP6SgSCYUhdMXpfQ


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