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RGM Introducing – Rachel Mason

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

Thanks for having me!

What made you decide to start a band / become an artist?

I’ve always loved music and was singing before I spoke. Music has been my passion since I wrote my first song age 4 so felt a natural path for me to follow for my career.

Introduce us all to the members?

I work with a lot of different artists for other projects but for my solo work it’s just me and session musicians. 

I write and perform the songs, play the piano and arrange the rest of the track.

So telme a little bit about you and what you like doing for fun?

I have two toddlers now so there isn’t as much time for fun! When I do get the chance I love going to gigs and travelling to interesting places. I also love tattoos so regularly see my tattoo artist at Point Break to get more work done on my sleeve.

Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

I often get asked how I manage to be a performer, run a record label and artist management business alongside being a parent. The only reason it annoys me is because I don’t think men are asked the same question.

What is the unsigned scene in Bristol like at the minute?

It’s pretty amazing. There are some fantastic bands and solo artists of all genres performing all over the city, well before coronavirus anyway! 

What good bands are coming out of Bristol at the minute? 

I love listening to Laverne, Owen Francis Black and as many up and coming artists as possible. 

IDLES are doing really well which is great, they’re a fantastic band. 

What support is out there for new artists in Bristol ?

There’s a lot of training for young musicians from places like BIMM, Access to Music and various performing arts colleges. They often support artists in creating their sound, image and fan base.

I also run an artist management company called Listen In Colour which mentors and manages artists. I support a lot of young musicians who need advice about contacts in the industry. It’s such an honour to be able to advise others as I didn’t have that facility when I was their age.

How easy or difficult do you find picking up new fans to come to your gigs?

Social media is great for reaching new fans but often they don’t live in your area. I think a good way is to be the support act for a band who have a big following in your home town as there is a ready-made audience who may well like your music and want to come to your headline gigs.

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

I’d probably have to say performing on stage in New York. The American audience loved British accents and high vocal riffs so when I sang the final chorus of Body On Mute they screamed so loud I could barely hear myself sing! 

What was the worst experience on stage?

Definitely having a migraine and throwing up in a strategically placed a bucket in the the wings between songs! 

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? 

Tell us a funny story from backstage?

At one performance whilst putting my mic pack on my dress split just before I went on stage. The split was up the back and I started the set sideways to the audience sitting at a grand piano so I knew I couldn’t get away with the dress malfunction!

One of my backing singers had to run back to the dressing room and grab the outfit she had arrived in so I could put it on!

Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)

Drummer – Stuart Copland 

Bass – Flea

Guitar – Eric Clapton

Lead Vocals – Jeff Buckley

What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?

Stay true to who you are and know your worth.

What advise would you give your younger self

That kindness costs nothing but is priceless. I really feel it’s important to be kind to everyone you work with as although the music industry is a big place people know each other, so it doesn’t take much to get a reputation for being hard to work with. 

What makes you stand out as an artist?

I’m classically trained, have a four octave vocal range and can sing in any vocal style from jazz to pop so that makes me sound different to a lot of other singers and gives me the ability to work on lots of different projects.

I think it’s that I do so many things within the music industry so my reach as an artist is wider than that of others.

I write for myself but also write for other artists including some major pop stars, The Voice UK winners and American Idol alumni. 

I also judge international vocal and songwriting contests and have worked on Sky Television so I’ve made some amazing contacts in the industry through these opportunities.

Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂 

It’s the impact of the virus (sorry!). It’s hit the arts hard and I’m really missing performing live and being able to write with other artists. 

Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?

Some of my favourite memories are of being in a writing session with my co-writers. It’s such a happy, creative environment to be in and as we get more tired the ideas get more ridiculous! In one session I laughed so much I got hiccups!

Whats your favourite song to play live?

I love playing All Talk No Action live with my co-writer, Ashton Tucker. It’s such a fun upbeat song!

Tell me about your new single and  how it came about?

My new single Illuminate The Night was inspired by my own struggles with postnatal depression after the births of my children. During lockdown the number of people suffering with the condition has increased so I wrote and releasedthe song to raise money and awareness for the charity PANDAS that help support people with maternal mental health issues. 

Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.

Thank you so much! 

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