We're already pining for the summertime, this goes without saying. When Shuf came across the sun-kissed sheen of 'Eden' by Gent Mason in the summer of last year, we started to build our soundtrack to the nights out and the hangovers in equal measure. There is a simplicity and clarity to this style of production that is truly irresistible. With a record collection built around RnB and hip hop, Gent Mason offers the style you'd get from Miguel with the bedroom superstar appeal of The Weeknd. Having released through the carefully curated Aesop imprint last year, more offerings from this inner-city treasure is a prospect that gets us seriously excited.
For people who haven’t heard Gent Mason before, how would you describe your sound?
Trippy melodic R&B from London that will take you deep into the recesses of your mind.
Tell us how you started out...
Playing piano and guitar at first... then I moved on to using the studio to make music and everything came for there.
What’s been the biggest turning point in your career so far?
It's only the start of things so I gotta say putting out the debut release 'Eden' and then seeing people getting excited about it.
Name a song you wish you’d made?
'Goldie' by ASAP Rocky, which is a Hit Boy beat.
What are your plans for 2014?
To put out more music - when you only have one release people might think it's a flash in the pan... this year I'll be proving that it's not, both through my own future releases and as a producer for other artists.
What would you like to change in the music industry this year?
Producers seem to be getting more exposure, down to how the producer name is regularly put in brackets on Soundcloud. I'd like to see that trend continue and also branch into something more mainstream music fans are aware of... not just us musos.
Tell us about the best live show you’ve played (if any) ...
Talk to me in a year!
Who would you list as your biggest inspirations?
All the artists/bands/producers that don't settle for sitting comfortably and are always trying to push things forward over the years. So like Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, Kanye, Brian Eno, Tod Rundgren, Prince, early chicago house pioneers, Bowie, Kraftwerk etc. More recently people like Jon Hopkins, Four Tet and Jai Paul
Where can people find your music?
Anything else you’d like say to our readers?
In this age of soundbites and minute attention spans, props for reading this far!
Words: Duncan Harrison