Gnostic Gorilla – Interview
Interview with Dean Mason of Gnostic Gorilla and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
DM: Gnostic Gorilla is more or less an experiment in dark electronic music with some elements of ‘Goth’ mixed with Dark Wave’ and certainly ‘industrial’.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DM: I started my so called writing/recording adventures as a teenager, putting out a 45rpm titled Dark Hallway/Golgotha as the flip side. It was mish mash of styles—punk—metal—new wave. I had a great bunch of guys join me in the studio for that recording. But later on, in 2012 I revisited the idea of recording music, but only as a hobby. I never thought it would amount to much more. I started as “The Lonely Ghost Project” but changed it to “Gnostic Gorilla” in 2015. In 2018 I was offered a label deal with Cleopatra Records and I must say I was surprised.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DM: Music influences are all over the place: Gary Numan, Type O Negative, The Doors, Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Korn, KISS, Sabbath, Ozzy, Japan, Bauhaus, Nash the Slash, and many many more. My non-musical influences? Well, I’ll start with my parents who are the best! Love them to bits! I have a friend Kelly who inspires me in many ways, especially her bravery. From the entertainment world, I have a great admiration for Tina Keeper and Gordon Tootoosis who are (were) amazing actors in a Canadian series called North of 60. As well, I believe the world could use another St. Francis or Ghandi right about now.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
DM: To be honest, I just want my music to become a pseudo-classic in the underground scene, like the way Nash the Slash was. It would be delusional to think I could ever hit the big time, but I’d at least like to make my mark, my niche in the underground scene, and the underworld scene…hahahaha
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DM: I’m the only one in general that writes for Gnostic Gorilla.
PD: How do you promote your band?
DM: There is a presence on social media and there is an official Gnostic Gorilla website. I have an assortment of t-shirts that are available. I wish I could do more but having a full time career it’s not easy to find the time.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
DM: Illegal downloading is not cool. But, we do live in a different world, although there seems to be this resurgence of vinyl and even cassettes. I can understand vinyl to a degree because you can have something tangible, with lyrics, even little posters etc. It’s great for collecting. I do NOT for the life of me understand cassettes. I’d much rather go CD than cassettes, but hey…to each their own. But back to your question—digital music is where it’s at. Streaming sort of doesn’t give much to the artist but we do live in a digital age. The big stars can afford to have all platforms. We struggling artists are much more limited and ironically, digital music is the best option for us to get our music out there.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DM: “When the Music’s Over” by the Doors. It’s just a powerful song and lyrically very intriguing. The other song would be “Perfect Strangers” by Deep Purple. That riff is just mind blowing.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
DM: In general? I have no patience for hatred and racism and bigotry of any kind. The human species is complex. It’s something to celebrate. But instead, there are still very un-evolved people who need to point the finger at ‘others’ and hate them for being who they are. Only unenlightened people do that. I don’t like so called religious people hating and persecuting others for not being in their tribe or are ‘different’ in their shallow minds. The same thing goes towards those who call themselves atheists or secularists and hate people who are living an honest life but are people of faith. In summary, everybody leave everybody the fuck alone!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
DM: The moment I was asked if I was interested in accepting a label deal with Cleopatra Records. The same sort of thing happened later with two other smaller labels: KL-Dark Records and Nowhere Now Records.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
DM: At present, I have a lot to promote. There is the Cleopatra Release of St. Basil’s Asylum and then eventually a new album to be released by them in the summer. (hopefully) There are some other projects as well with KL-Dark Records and Nowhere Now Records.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
DM: At this time, Gnostic Gorilla has no plans to do live shows.
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