Interview: Willy Mason – A Voice Beyond His Years
Willy Mason recently visited Australia as the supporting act for Ben Howard in addition to playing a few of his own headlining gigs. However, a missed flight almost meant the tour was over before it began, with Mason missing his first support show.
Touring behind 2012 album Carry On, Mason’s latest effort is his first record since 2007s If the Ocean Gets Rough and saw the still young troubadour pair with producer Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes/Yeasayer).
During the 5 years between albums Mason took on the challenge of teaching songwriting to others and in turn that helped him progress as a musician. When Mason returned to the studio he looked to create songs that were less leading and more aloof in vagueness of interpretation.
With a worn voice of a man twice his age, the 28-year-old Mason is able to sing tales of true grit and deliver a compelling brand of folky blues, as evident by his live performance of Restless Fugitive at Music Feeds Studio.
- Origins of Restless Fugitive
- Personal songs from imagined scenarios
- Working with producer Dan Carey
- Trying to teach song writing
- Missing the flight to Australia
- Relationship between Mason and Ben Howard
- Controlling a crowd
- Mason’s voice