Masse ap­pre­ci­ates coun­try

Midwest Times - - THE EDGE - Tamra Carr

YouTube mu­sic sen­sa­tion Mike Masse says he can­not de­cide whether he likes Aus­tralian peo­ple or the na­tion’s land­marks more but he knows his least favourite as­pect of the coun­try is the time it takes to travel places.

The Amer­i­can, who per­formed at the Midwest Char­ity Be­gins at Home Tunes By the Dunes event in Ger­ald­ton last Satur­day, said he was glad to have been in­vited to such an im­por­tant cause.

“It’s a great cause that’s quite near and dear to my heart as I’ve had my own strug­gles with fam­ily ill­ness,” he said.

“My son had a very ag­gres­sive brain tu­mour and we were told he prob­a­bly wasn’t go­ing to make it.

“So I posted a cover of Let it Be by The Bea­tles as a way to raise funds to take care of him.

“We got a re­ally good re­sponse, peo­ple re­ally ral­lied be­hind it.

“My son is do­ing great now, but I al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate char­i­ties ser­vic­ing fam­i­lies with sick chil­dren and peo­ple.”

Masse said it was his first time in Aus­tralia, but he had been a long-term fan of some of the na­tion’s most fa­mous mu­si­cal ex­ports such as AC/DC, Crowded House, Men at Work and the Bee Gees.

The Colorado-born mu­si­cian said he was also a fan of Aus­tralian peo­ple, land­scapes and di­ver­sity.

“My favourite part of Aus­tralia is a toss-up be­tween the beau­ti­ful peo­ple and the beau­ti­ful scenery,” Masse said.

“I also love the di­ver­sity — there’s so many dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of peo­ple. When I was in Syd­ney, it was so cos­mopoli­tan.

“Where I come from, Colorado, it’s pretty mono­tone, so com­ing here was re­fresh­ing.

“Every­one seems a lit­tle more re­laxed and gen­uine, there seems to be a mel­low kind­ness to Aus­tralians.”

The 47-year-old YouTube star rose to on­line star­dom through his acous­tic mu­sic cov­ers of fa­mous clas­sic rock songs sung by artists such as Eric Clap­ton, David Bowie and Led Zep­pelin.

Masse said his favourite songs to cover were by The Bea­tles.

“I’m ac­tu­ally in a Bea­tles cover band in Den­ver — they’re prob­a­bly my favourite mu­si­cians.

“My favourite singer of all time is Paul McCart­ney, who is def­i­nitely the most tal­ented rock mu­si­cian the planet has ever seen and his con­tri­bu­tions to mu­sic are just un­matched. It’s too early to see if he will stand the test of time like Mozart or an­other clas­sic com­poser, but I think Paul will be re­mem­bered for cen­turies.”

Masse said he had not seen any of Aus­tralia’s most iconic wildlife dur­ing his tour, but his visit to Mel­bourne, Syd­ney and Bris­bane had taught him some new slang.

“I’ve heard peo­ple say tucker, which I think means din­ner, and brekky and Macca’s in­stead of McDon­ald’s,” he said.

“The wildlife is in­ter­est­ing. I’ve seen some un­usual-look­ing birds, but I haven’t seen a kan­ga­roo or a koala. I’m kind of dis­ap­pointed and I want my money back.”

Tour­ing mu­si­cians Jeff Hall and Mike Masse have been friends since col­lege and were for­merly a US pros­e­cu­tor and pub­lic de­fender.

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