John Mason

FRESH: ‘Time To Think’ – John Mason

John Mason has “Time To Think”

Following on from his well received single “Coral For Coal”, released in July, John Mason has released “Time To Think”. Over the past few years John’s travels have taken him on a musical journey through the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Asia and then home to Europe, accompanied only by a guitar called Grace.

Formerly playing with his band CAB Collective, as a newly founded solo artist John quickly accumulated fiercely loyal fans the world over, recording his debut solo album “Chasing My Grace” at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios in Auckland.

“Time To Think” is the second single and title track from his forthcoming EP recorded in collaboration with ARIA winning producer Adrian Breakspear (Gang of Youths, CLEWS, Johnny Hunter). Featuring drums from Miles Thomas (Montaigne, Japanese Wallpaper), “Time To Think” dances somewhere between roots reggae and upbeat folk, providing a groove-able landscape and words to reflect on.

John tells us: “‘Time To Think’ is about the grandness of the small things – looking past the superficial in people or the mundane in a rainy morning to see something beautiful. The chorus comes frompersonal experience and attempts to state the importance of learning to trust yourself instead of only looking for someone else for answers”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!