Nick Mason

Nicholas Berkeley Mason

Nicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason(born 27 January 1944) is an English musician and composer, best known as the drummer of progressive rock group Pink Floyd . He is the only constant member of what has been regarded as one of the finest bands of all time, since its formation in 1965. Despite solely writing only a few Pink Floyd songs, Mason has co-written some of Pink Floyd's most popular compositions such as " Echoes " and " Time ".Mason is the only Pink Floyd member to be featured on every one of their albums. It is estimated that as of 2010, the group have sold over 250 million records worldwide,including 75 million units sold in the United States.He competes in auto racing events, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans .On 26 November 2012, Mason received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Westminster at the presentation ceremony of the School of Architecture and Built Environment (he had studied architecture at the University's predecessor, Regent Street Polytechnic , 1962–1967).

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 Nick Mason's Early life

The son of documentary film maker Bill Mason , he was born in Birmingham but brought up in Hampstead , London (many online biographies mistakenly cite the street address Downshire Hill – sometimes as "the Downshire Hills" – as a district of Birmingham), and attended Frensham Heights School , near Farnham , Surrey. He later studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster), where he teamed up with Roger Waters , Bob Klose and Rick Wright in 1964 to form Pink Floyd's predecessor, Sigma 6.

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 Nick Mason's Musical career

) and " Speak to Me " (fromDark Side of the Moon).The one-off song by the band titled "Nick's Boogie" was named after him.

.He does, however, sing lead vocals on two unreleased but heavily bootlegged tracks, " Scream Thy Last Scream " (1967), penned by original leader Syd Barrett and "The Merry Xmas Song" (1975–76). In live performances of the song " Sheep ", he did the spoken section.Mason also appears to sing lead vocals on the bridge to Waters' first composition " Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk ".

Mason joined Waters on the last two nights of his 2002 world tour to play drums on the Pink Floyd song " Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun ", and he also played drums on some concerts of Waters' European tour in 2006 , and during performances in Los Angeles and New York City in the United States. On 12 May 2007, Mason joined Waters again on stage at Earls Court to playThe Dark Side of the Moon. Again, on 12 May 2011, Mason was featured, along with David Gilmour , on the encore " Outside the Wall " at a concert by Waters, who was performingThe Wallin its entirety. Gilmour also performed on " Comfortably Numb " that night.

Mason also joined Gilmour and Wright for the encore during Gilmour's show at the Royal Albert Hall , London, on 31 May 2006, reuniting the post-Waters Pink Floyd. Mason has also claimed to be the link between Gilmour and Waters, and believes the band will play live again, mentioning the possibility of "playing again for a charitable cause" or even "a tour" in various interviews in the last few years. He also stated in 2006 that Pink Floyd have not officially disbanded yet.

Ummagumma, where he used a mellotron to play brief melodies and create ambient noises, on "Jugband Blues", where he played kazoo, and on live versions of "Outside the Wall", where he played acoustic guitar along with the rest of the band. However, on theProfilesalbum Mason released with Rick Fenn in 1985, he is also credited with keyboards.He can be seen playing a vibraphone in the promo video for "Lie for a Lie", but it is unknown if he actually played on the recording. Mason has also said that he took some failed piano and violin lessons as a child before taking up drums.

), The Damned and Gong .He also drummed for Michael Mantler .

It is also available, abridged, as a 3-CD audio book, read by Mason.An updated edition was published, in paperback, in 2011.

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 Nick Mason's Drumming style

His style was gentler and more laid back than other progressive rock drummers of the time. Mason soloed on a few Pink Floyd compositions including 'Nick's Boogie', 'A Saucerful of Secrets', 'The Grand Vizier's Garden Party', 'Up The Khyber', 'Skins', and 'Time'. Due to the dynamic live performances of Pink Floyd, Mason's style was more energetic and complex live, and can be heard on such albums asUmmagummaandLive at Pompeii. He used Premier drums in the 1960s and occasionally in the 1970s (mainly on recordings up toWish You Were Here). After that, he used Ludwig drums from 1970 until 1992. He currently uses Drum Workshop (DW) drums, pedals and hardware. His kit is a DW double bass kit with theDark Side of the Moonlogo on the drums. He has also used Paiste cymbals during his entire career with Pink Floyd and currently uses a mixture of Paiste Traditional, Signature and 2002 cymbals. He also endorses Remo drumheads, Latin Percussion and Pro-Mark sticks.

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 Nick Mason's Views and advocacy

In 2007 they both performed at Highclere Castle in Hampshire in support of the group.

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 Nick Mason's Discography

With Pink Floyd[]

Solo albums[]

With Rick Fenn[]

With Michael Mantler[]

  • Review– 2000
  • Concertos– 2008

As a producer[]

  • ScrewBanks of the River / Devil's Hour(1969), a 10" single, rel. onShagrat Recs.
  • The Asmoto Running Band(1971)
  • (1974)
  • Rock Bottom(1974)
  • Shamal(1976)
  • Music for Pleasure(1977)
  • Green(1978); co-produced with Steve Hillage. Mason also plays a drum on "Leylines to Glassdom"

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 Nick Mason's Books

  • Into the Red: 22 Classic Cars That Shaped a Century of Motor Sport(with Mark Hales) – 3 September 1998 (first edition), 9 September 2004 (second edition)

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 Nick Mason's References

  1. "Pink Floyd Reunion Tops Fans' Wish List in Music Choice Survey", Bloomberg, 26 September 2007, retrieved 25 May 2012 
  2. "Pink Floyd's a dream, Zeppelin's a reality", Richmond Times-Dispatch, 28 September 2007, retrieved 25 May 2012 
  3. Discovery Channel Documentary, "World's Most Expensive Cars"
  4. University of Westminster presentation ceremony programme, 26 November 2012
  5. Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd – The Music and the Mystery. London: Omnibus,. ISBN 978-1-84938-370-7. 
  6. Miles, Barry; Mabbett, Andy (1994). Pink Floyd the visual documentary (Updated ed.). London :: Omnibus,. ISBN 0-7119-4109-2. 
  7. "Beverley Knight, Mick Jagger & Ronnie Wood Charity Single". Save the Children UK. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  8. "Artists". 
  9. Boshoff, Alison (2011-12-03). "Pink Floyd family values: It's not just rioter Charlie Gilmour... how four rock stars had EIGHTEEN children by eight women". Mail Online (London). Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  10. "Into the Red". Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  11. "Stock photography image of Mason of in his special painted Aerospatiale AS 350 helicopter". Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  12. Sunday Times Rich List 2006–2007, A & C Black (ISBN 978-0-7136-7941-0)
  13. Melia, Daniel (14 March 2006). "Pink Floyd Legends To Play Gig For Pro-Hunt Campaigners". Gigwise. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  14. Povey, Glenn (2008). Echoes: The Complete History of Pink Floyd. Mind Head Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-0955462412. 
  15. Youngs, Ian (16 October 2010). "Pink Floyd may get back together for charity". BBC Online. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  16. "FAC Chairman Nick Mason in keynote interview at In The City 2010". Featured Artists' Coalition. 20 September 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  17. Youngs, Ian (18 October 2010). "Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason gives advice to new bands". BBC Online. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  18. "Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and Nick Mason: Why Rolling Stones shouldn’t play in Israel". Salon. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  19. "Q magazine Questionnaire". Retrieved 13 May 2011. 

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