Interview: Mason Summit

Mason Summit recently released his new song, “Catch & Release.” He took some time to answer questions about his music, what’s next, and more. Check out the interview below.

When did you first get into music and what made it appeal to you?

It’s difficult to pinpoint when I got into music… I’ve been singing along with stuff in the car for as long as I can remember. I come from a very musical family and music was always around, and then one day when I was about eight I think my dad decided it was time I learned to play guitar.  I started writing soon after.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself outside of music? Do you have any other hobbies?

My main hobby outside of music is camping. My family went camping a lot when I was little, and I got back into it a couple of years ago. I make a point to try and get a few days outside of the city with some friends a few times a year. In fact, I just got back from the Mojave desert today (the 30th)!

Your music video for “Catch & Release” is out now. What went into the making of the video?

That was a blast, by far the most fun I’ve ever had making a video. It was a low-budget affair, except for the fish costume, which cost like $80. My friend Kevin, who directed it, his girlfriend, my girlfriend (who’s in the video) and I just went down to El Matador beach and I flopped around in the sand. Definitely made a lot of people’s Snapchat stories that day. There was also a couple getting engaged while we were filming, so I might have spiced up the proposal a little.

When you were writing and recording Summer Cold, what was your process like?

Home recording has been an important part of my songwriting process ever since I started writing — a song just doesn’t feel finished to me until I have a demo of it. This time around, I started getting really attached to the arrangements and performances in the demos, and decided it would be kind of counterintuitive to try and recreate them in a studio.

With the album coming out so early in the year, what do you have planned after the release?

Good question! I’m not really sure. I’ve been writing a lot, but I’ve been making a conscious choice not to think too hard about arrangements and production, because I want the next record to be a live-in-studio kind of vibe with my band, a lá Neil Young’s “Tonight’s the Night.” And I’ve got a lot of shows coming up.

Do you have any albums that you’re anticipating this year?

I’m producing an EP for my girlfriend and collaborator, Irene Greene, which I’m really excited about. I’m also dying for a new Margaret Glaspy album; I heard her do some new songs at the Troubadour a few months ago and would love to hear them again.

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers follow you?

Thank you! I’m @masonsummit on Facebook, Instagram and Soundcloud, and themasonsummit on Youtube. Also check out my website, masonsummit.com, for tour dates, etc.