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Q&A w/ Jake Mason

Have you been involved in any previous projects before this one?

Yes, I’m a founding member of Cookin’ On 3 Burners and play keyboards with Richard Clapton.

What is your local scene like?

 Melbourne has an exceptionally good local scene. There is a great mix of supportive radio stations, venues and a diverse bunch of musicians and composers.

Care to give us a gear rundown?

Playing the Hammond Organ is a labour of love. Most of the original instruments were made over 50 years ago and require lots of TLC. The valve tonewheel driven organs undoubtedly sound the best, but at over 250kgs the modern digital options are a great alternative when lugging around to live gigs. My studio rig is a 1964 A100 Hammond Organ paired with a homemade Frankenstein Leslie speaker. The Leslie speaker is made from all the good parts from 3 or 4 different Leslie speakers so its sounds really good!

All touring bands know that no two venues are created equal. What are some of the best rooms you’ve played and why?

 Its usually about the people rather than the venue. I have done great gigs in makeshift venues where the energy of the crowd and vibe of the night made it one of the most special and memorable gigs of all time.

Without invoking genre, describe your music…

Playful, fiery, intense and fun!

Where are people able to hear your songs?

 With a bit of luck …. EVERYWHERE! Our debut release ‘The Stranger In The Mirror’ is out on LP, CD and digital. Head to our Bandcamp page to check it out. Orders from Bandcamp go direct to us which helps us more to make the next album and the next.

Are you playing any shows anytime soon?

Yes! We will be launching this new album in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Melbourne – 17thMay @ Chapel Off Chapel

Brisbane – 29thJune @ Doo-Bop

Sydney – 12thJuly @ LazyBones

What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band? 

Finishing this new record has been definitely a proud moment!

Are you Pro or against streaming services and why?

I’m pro! I think you always have to look forward with technology and while the system is far from being perfect, especially the rates that get paid to the artists, people are listening to music more than they ever have. There is still room for the other formats, vinyl is still on the rise.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Jazz Party, The Meltdown, The Teskey Brothers