Path­way to star­dom

Young Ma­son Hope takes mu­sic in­dus­try by storm:

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - An­nie Caughey An­nie.Caughey@sc­news.com.au

A YOUNG mu­si­cian is liv­ing the high-flyer LA life­style right here on the Sun­shine Coast.

Back­ing up from his ap­pear­ance on the na­tional TV show the Voice, Ma­son Hope has just re­leased his first ever mu­sic video along­side new hit, Karmic Res­o­lu­tion.

The 18-year-old pro­duced the sin­gle at one of the na­tion’s high­est rated record­ing fa­cil­i­ties, Heli­pad Stu­dios in Bud­erim.

The sprawl­ing prop­erty has a mul­ti­tude of stu­dios equipped with in­dus­try-lead­ing tech­nol­ogy and of course, in true LA style, its very own he­li­copter land­ing pad.

The Ma­roochy­dore artist fea­tures in all pro­duc­tion as­pects of the song, in­clud­ing lead and backup vo­cals, gui­tar, drums and parts of the base.

Along­side pro­ducer James Rus­sell, who he has been work­ing with since he was 14, Ma­son said the new hit and ac­com­pa­ny­ing mu­sic video has helped de­fine his new im­age in­spired by mu­sic greats R.E.M and Chris Sta­ple­ton.

“Now I feel like it’s a lit­tle bit more so­lid­i­fied in one spe­cific di­rec­tion rather than as vague as it was be­fore,” he said.

Mr Rus­sell said the pair had a very re-ac­tive re­la­tion­ship through­out the pro­ject as they were able to cre­atively li­aise and bounce ideas be­tween each other.

“The process was ac­tu­ally quite quick,” he said.

“It was a lot of fun on the day we did it, I think we did it in like half a day or some­thing, Ma­son went ‘right I’m play­ing the drum this is what I want here’ and I was lit­er­ally just press­ing record, he al­ready had his con­cept,” Mr Rus­sell said.

The video was co-directed by Mr Rus­sell along side Ele­shah Jones. He said the con­cept of the mu­sic clip jux­ta­poses two dif­fer­ent scenes, the box in which Ma­son is trapped and the beau­ti­ful out­side world.

The video sup­ports the lyrics that por­tray so­ci­ety’s ig­no­rance to the prob­lems of the world be­cause of­ten in­di­vid­u­als are too self-ab­sorbed with their own lives to no­tice what is hap­pen­ing around them.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

NEW SIN­GLE: Ma­son Hope in the Heli­port Stu­dios in Bud­erim.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

BAND UP: Mu­si­cian Ma­son Hope with pro­ducer James Rus­sell.

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