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Meet Nick Mason of Living Dead Drummer in North Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Mason.

Nick, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY. Born into a musical family, everyone on my mother’s side, my mother included, are all drummers. I was given my first Snare Drum at age two, although I didn’t start taking lessons and learning how to really play it until I was ten.

I’ve spent the last ten years in Los Angeles working as a for-hire session drummer, touring frequently, playing local gigs, recording, shooting music videos, etc. I also teach private music lessons around the San Fernando Valley, with about 40 regular students per week.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been anything BUT smooth. There are no steady paychecks, and even a long-term gig can end in an instant. If a particular artist doesn’t “feel” like performing, you’re essentially out of a job. A lot of the industry is based on ego, and someone may or may not get a job for purely superficial reasons.

Let’s talk business, what else should we know about you and your career so far?
My business is myself. I’m a for-hire musician, performing any number of percussion related tasks. Touring and live performance is the bread and butter, however, I frequently record for other artists, appear in music videos, movies, and TV. I’ve gotten more recognition in recent years in and around the horror community and edgier music scenes due to the moniker “Living Dead Drummer.”

It was given to me at a performance in which I appeared in full corpse makeup. I think it properly combines my love of horror with my passion for drumming. It’s also helped set me apart from another notable drummer whom I share a name with. I took the title and ran with it!

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
There are a lot of proud moments over my career. Hard to single just one out, but I do think moving across the country to further my career is a major highlight. I had already been working as a full-time musician in New York, but there was a cap on where that career could go. The only way to continue this path was to relocate to the heart of the music industry.

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Jonas Yip, Stone Mountain Underground, Chad Lee, StigAKA, Ryan Speth

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