Masse appreciates country
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.