NICK MASON

NICK MASON

 

Basic Background Info

 
Birth: January 27, 1944
Location: Birmingham, England
Band: Sigma 6, The Meggadeaths, The Tea Set, The Abdabs, The Screaming Abdabs, Pink Floyd
Genres: Rock
Instruments: Drums, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass
Occupation: Musician, Producer
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Biography

 
 

Nicholas Berkeley Mason was born in Birmingham and raised in Hampstead, London. In his young years, he attended Frensham Heights School in Surrey. Enrolled at Regent Street Polytechnic, he met future Pink Floyd bandmates Roger Waters, Bob Klose, and Richard Wright.

The band was first called Sigma 6, The Meggadeaths, The Tea Set, The Abdabs, and The Screaming Abdabs. Prior to a performance, while calling themselves The Tea Set, bandmates noticed that another band on the evening's bill was also named The Tea Set. Guitarist and vocalist Syd Barrett quickly came up with the name The Pink Floyd Sound after two blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Over the years, they became merely Pink Floyd. The band underwent multiple membership changes, but Nick Mason remained a constant member of the band since its formation.

Over the long recording and performing life of Pink Floyd, Nick Mason, unlike many of the other members, predominantly played the drums. He played some keyboard, guitar, and bass on "The Grand Vizier's Garden Party," and acoustic guitar in some live versions of "Outside the Wall." In fact, "The Grand Vizier's Garden Party," Parts 1-3 are solely credited to Nick Mason, along with "Speak To Me." His recorded vocal contributions to the band are similarly slim and include "Corporal Clegg," one spoken line in "One of These Days," and spoken lines in "Signs of Life" and "Learning to Fly." He sang lead vocals in live performances of "Scream Thy Last Scream" and "The Merry Xmas Song," both of which are bootlegged and widely circulated.

During the 1970s, Nick Mason also acted as a producer, working with a range of artists from Robert Wyatt, Gong, Steve Hillage, Michael Mantler, and the Damned. Nick Mason also released a solo album titled Fictitious Sports. Nick Mason frequently played with Mantler, and even recorded on a couple of his albums. Ultimately, Nick Mason and guitarist Rick Fenn established a production company that produces music for television, movies, and commercials. Mason and Fenn recorded a pop album together in 1985.

Nick Mason has two daughters with his first wife and two sons with his second wife, to whom he is still married. Nick Mason's family lives in Hampstead, London. When the demands of the band began dwindling, Nick Mason devoted more time to auto racing. Nick Mason both owns and races various cars, mostly classics. Nick Mason even raced in the 24 Hours of LeMans. Mason is also a licensed pilot and frequently flies a helicopter.

Pink Floyd ceased playing together after gradually losing members and the original camaraderie of the group. Although they all appeared together at a London Live 8 concert in 2005, there are no plans for a reunion. Nonetheless, they are one of rockís most successful acts, selling more than 200 million albums around the world.
 
 

Discography

 
 
Album Year Album Name Album Band
1967 Piper at the Gates of Dawn Pink Floyd
1968 Saucerful of Secrets Pink Floyd
1968 Tonite Let's All Make Love in London [1990] Original Soundtrack
1969 More Pink Floyd
1969 Ummagumma Pink Floyd
1970 Atom Heart Mother Pink Floyd
1970 Masters of Rock Pink Floyd
1971 Asmoto Running Band Principal Edwards Magic Theatre
1971 Meddle Pink Floyd
1972 Obscured by Clouds Pink Floyd
1973 Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd
1973 Nice Pair [US] Pink Floyd
1974 Rock Bottom Robert Wyatt
1975 Hapless Child and Other Inscrutable Stories Michael Mantler
1975 Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard Robert Wyatt
1975 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd
1976 Shamal Gong
1977 Animals Pink Floyd
1977 Music for Pleasure The Damned
1978 Green Steve Hillage
1979 Open Steve Hillage
1979 Wall Pink Floyd
1981 Collection of Great Dance Songs Pink Floyd
1981 Fictitious Sports Nick Mason
1982 Something There Michael Mantler
1983 Final Cut Pink Floyd
1983 Off the Wall Pink Floyd
1983 Works Pink Floyd
1985 Profiles Nick Mason/Rich Fenn
1987 Interview Disc Pink Floyd
1987 Learning to Fly Pink Floyd
1987 Light at the End of the Tunnel The Damned
1987 Live Michael Mantler
1987 Momentary Lapse of Reason Pink Floyd
1987 On the Turning Away Pink Floyd
1987 One Slip Pink Floyd
1987 Wingful of Eyes Gong
1988 Delicate Sound of Thunder Pink Floyd
1989 Watt Works Family Album Various Artists
1990 Dark Side of the Moon [Gold Disc] Pink Floyd
1990 Knebworth: The Album Various Artists
1992 Shine On Pink Floyd
1993 Dark Side of the Moon [20th Anniversary Limited Edition] Pink Floyd
1994 Division Bell Pink Floyd
1994 Take It Back Pink Floyd
1995 Music for Pleasure [US] The Damned
1995 Pulse [Blinking Cover] Pink Floyd
1995 Pulse Pink Floyd
1996 His Master's Bones Gary Windo
1996 Neat Neat Neat The Damned
1997 Psychedelia: Rare Blooms from the English Summer of Love Various Artists
1999 EPs by Robert Wyatt Robert Wyatt
1999 Heard It on the Radio, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1999 Return to the Forbidden Planet [EMI] Original Soundtrack
1999 Rock: Train Kept a Rollin' Various Artists
1999 Sofistifunk: Jazzrock Club Classics Various Artists
2000 Is There Anybody out There? The Wall: Live 1980-1981 Pink Floyd
2001 Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd Pink Floyd
2002 Capitol Records 1942-2002 [Deluxe Box Set] Various Artists
2002 Capitol Records 1942-2002 [Special Box Set] Various Artists
2002 Singles The Damned
2003 Angel's Egg (Radio Gnome Invisible, Pt. 2)/Shamal Gong
2003 Dark Side of the Moon [SACD] Pink Floyd
2004 Critical Review: Inside Pink Floyd 1967-1974 Pink Floyd
2004 Final Cut [Bonus Track] Pink Floyd
2004 His Greatest Misses Robert Wyatt
2005 Inside Pink Floyd: A Critical Review 1975-1996 Pink Floyd
2005 London 1966-1967 [Pucka] Pink Floyd
2005 Theatre Royal Drury Lane Robert Wyatt
2006 Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd [Biodegradable] Pink Floyd
2006 Open [Remastered] Steve Hillage
2006 Pulse [DVD] Pink Floyd
2006 White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s Various Artists
2007 Green [Bonus Tracks] Steve Hillage
2007 Oh by the Way Pink Floyd
2007 Piper at the Gates of Dawn [3-CD Deluxe Edition] Pink Floyd
2007 Piper at the Gates of Dawn [40th Anniversary 2-CD Edition] Pink Floyd
2008 Michael Mantler: Concertos Michael Mantler
2008 Drury Lane Robert Wyatt
2010 Requiem for a Dream III Poetic
2010 An Introduction to Syd Barrett Syd Barrett
2011 Discovery Pink Floyd
2011 A Foot in the Door: The Best of Pink Floyd Pink Floyd
 

Noise

 
 
  • Nick Mason is a huge fan of Bob Dylanís song writing, which he calls 'pivotal.' "He's produced good work, behaved erratically and then continued to produce good work, rather than fulfill what people expect, which is to produce good work, behave erratically, go mad and explode. And I think thatís enormously endearing. Canít stand his songs though."
  • Once asked if he believed in god, Mason responded, "No I donít, though I quite often wish that I did. I believe in God Dylan."
  • His favorite car of all time is the Ferrari 250 GTO. He owns one of 36 Ferrari produced.
  • Of being famous: "Iím not famous; Iím a part of a famous enterprise, which is rather different. Most genuinely famous people seem to be driven by the notion that fame will make them feel better, and when it doesnít they try and plug that gap with more fame. So yes, Pink Floyd are desperately damaged individuals and weíre just not famous enough yet!"
  • In 2004, he published a tell-all book, Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd.
 

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