Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
Gideon: With Masser, I take more of a composer approach when building these songs. I write the instrumentals first and foremost and build the layers out to be as expansive and immersive as possible. So I’d consider myself a composer and multi-instrumentalist!
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Gideon: Of course, I’ve been playing drums for around 18 years and in school, I began to take more of an interest in music and undertook it in my studies. I went on to study music at university, and this is where I met my previous band Familiar Spirit. We recorded a couple of albums and did some touring, played festivals, and all of that stuff. But we split up before the Covid pandemic and then it was during this time I decided to experiment with writing music. And that’s how Masser was born.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
Gideon: It’s quite a unique project I feel, with a wide range of influences but my biggest inspiration is soundtracks from films and video games. Jeremy Soule (Elder Scrolls OST) is my biggest influence for Masser. I’ve always been a fan of heavy bands that have a lot of groove and power, like Gojira, Linkin Park, and Rammstein, so those are an influence for me as well. I suppose it’s hard to pigeonhole Masser into a genre, but I try to blend elements of all different types of music and artists I enjoy. Even dance music and Reggae I enjoy. Who knows what direction I might take in the future?
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Gideon: To make the music I enjoy, and to convey the emotions I feel when writing music to a listener. When I write music it’s all about emotion and creating a world almost where someone can get lost in. I want to convey that to the listener. That’s my biggest aspiration as an artist.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Gideon: Writing music I am very proud of, and much of this is yet to be released.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
Gideon: I completely agree. It is very hard, and especially for bands trying to make a living or build a big fanbase. For myself, Masser is an expression of myself and I find it to be a therapeutic outlet where I can be creative and enjoy myself. If other people get to enjoy my music, then that’s simply a bonus.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Gideon: Not currently, and I’m not sure about if there might ever be. I wouldn’t count it out entirely, but this is a solo studio project. I get most of my enjoyment from the creative studio side and writing music. I’m also a one-man band!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Gideon: I think the music industry has changed so much these past few decades. Spotify is great for music listeners but not for artists. You have all the music you want at your fingertips with no adverts for the same cost as a couple of coffees a month. But it just means nobody pays for music anymore, which means artists have to rely more on live shows and merchandise.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Gideon: I’m not too sure! Probably one of my favorite songs of all time. Something like Message In a Bottle by The Police or Hey Ya by Outkast.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
Gideon: I’ve got EP 2 in the works, and this is something I am very excited about. These songs have a different vibe that is somewhat darker.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Gideon: Masser is a very new project and there is still lots more to come. Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. That would be helpful!