“When time came to ‘behave’ and settle down, I packed my guitar and left for Berklee. At that point, I was tired of seeing people of my generation becoming meek and soulless by the minute, only to secure a future that simply was not there. I guess you can say I ran away. But I also wanted to inspire those close to me. I wanted them to think: ‘If he can follow his dreams, perhaps I can, too!'”
For almost 15 years, Simon Mas has travelled the world playing his music: U.S., U.K., Italy, Hungary have all been “home” at one point or another.
But this unusual wanderlust has not been a mere geographical affair. Unable to settle down on a single music genre, Simon has delivered over 50 songs and musical pieces, ranging from raw blues numbers to articulate orchestral pieces.
Regardless of style and band, his delivery has always been characterized by a strong sense for catchy melodies and sudden, quirky harmonic shifts. (“It’s like you want to take the listener and throw him to the wall” he was told, once)
“I never consciously tried to be different at all costs. To put it simply, my mission is to write and perform the best music I can for the bands I’m playing with. I’m also extremely interested in putting out albums, even in these mp3 days.”
And so albums it is. Three of them have already been issued, with remaster sessions being discussed for some time in the future.
But there are also new adventures on the horizon. The impetuous folk of Another Story of Fiddle and Beers and a new project (and still unnamed) sung in Italian are proving to be fertile ground for Simon’s musical seeds, with recording sessions already underway.
“When my mother fell severely ill, in early 2012, I thought it was the end of my music career. She has nobody but me, so I had to come back home and take care of her. The music scene over here doesn’t allow for many chances, but I’ve been lucky to find connections, both old and new, and I can’t wait to go back to business and let my music heard. Internet is a great tool to make this happen.”