We already introduced you to the Londoner soul producer Gent Mason a month ago, on October the 7th has been released his first EP ‘Eden’.
You can now listen to in streaming on Spotify and buy on iTunes. His work is a deep experiment of atmospheric sounds, melting broken beats and melody, but none better than him can describe us his music project.
That’s why today we have the pleasure to share with you what we discovered about him with this exclusive interview.
Hello Gent! First of all how would you like to describe yourself to a new listener? We can say you come from UK, you have released your first EP on October the 7th with Aesop Label. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind to define who you are?
I make deep experimental R&B music from the heart. Some people will love it, some people will hate it… That’s all good. I’m trying to add to the UK and international culture, take things forward by being as progressive as possible with what I put out, whilst still making those tracks addictive and stuck in your head.
This is your first project, how would you describe it?
That droney late-night feeling.
What do you find inspiring and how would you describe your life style?
I find Rodney Mullen inspiring. I named a track after him in the Crescent mix – here’s a guy who pretty much invented many elements of skating as we know it, has unbelievable physical skill and mental ability, who pushed boundaries, who seems to be incredibly humble, who has an amazing scientific mind and an approach to his life where creativity is the source of his fulfillment despite the fact that he’s won countless trophies, like he’s the champion of champions.
My life style is pretty much in the studio all the time right now. Hermit life. Happy with that – soon I’ll be getting out more tho.
[Crescent mix isn’t a proper song, this a 20 minutes mix of original material that shows us better Gent’s producer side. He blended his ideas with abstract rhythms and beats.]
You are singer and producer. Which one is the part you prefer?
In the studio, definitely the production. But I’ve got a feeling that when I start playing live, it will be the vocals – that’s what really cuts through and connects in a room.
How has been collaborate with Jimmy Douglass?
He’s inspirational and I see him as a mentor that helped me take my music to the next level. He has a very philosophical approach and taught me how to hear sound differently than I did before – as a homogenous body rather than all these disparate elements. He stopped me wasting time on pointless shit that no one cares about. He helped me tap into my raw emotions.
And most of all, he said he believed in me as an artist at a time where self-doubt was creeping in. Considering the people he’s worked with extensively over the years – Timbaland, Jay-Z, Aretha Franklin, Kanye, Aliyah to name a few… Well it would be an insult to him if I didn’t make damn sure that I wasn’t going to amount to nothing. So here I am.
Fort Romeau remixed your single ‘Head’. What is your opinion about remixes? Is there a track that you would like to remix?
He did a truly amazing take on ‘Head’. Remixes are cool, although personally I don’t tend to listen to them as much as original tracks. If I go on hype machine or something I go to the ‘no remixes’ section usually. One bone to pick with some remixes – it’s kinda lame when major labels transparently commission remixes for dull artists as a way to lull people in. It feels manipulative. But I do understand some artists gotta find ways to get paid. Too much remixing can cheapen what you have to offer overall though.
Having said that… I’ve remixed the new Postiljonen song coming out in a few weeks ‘All That We Have Is Lost’ – that was interesting to me because the song is so far away from what I do. So there you go!
Besides R&B, your music has an electronic side. Today electronic music is becoming very popular. Do you think is a music evolution using technology to create particular sounds?
Music is always evolving and I think electronic music is usually at the forefront of that. But actually many of the production techniques that a producer will use are tried and tested, decades old… As genres and styles change and evolve, mixing classic techniques (e.g. sampling) with this awareness leads to interesting results.
The place where you were born, the place where you live, the best place where you travelled with your work: can you tell us something that only you know to describe them?
Shit happens in London that wouldn’t happen anywhere else, I swear. I get a random soundcloud message: ‘Hey, I’m friends with Brian Eno, do you want to come and sing in his private acapella group? Meet me outside Mcdonalds in **** at 7pm’! I’m like, WTF, this must be a wind up. A few days later I’m standing next to Brian Eno in his house singing in his acapella group – that was crazy.
If you could ever decide to play a gig in any place of the country, where could it be?
London of course.
What would you probably be today if you hadn’t followed your dreams of be a singer/producer or what is your actual dream?
This is my dream, what you are witnessing!
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