Interview – Mike Masser

Mike Masser is an American musician who has had quite the career in the music industry, now performing his own solo music. Check out our interview with him below, and if you like what you read, have a listen to his latest release, The Phoenix!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled The Phoenix, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the album and where can it be purchased?

When I started writing the songs for this album, I wanted to get back to a traditional hard rock sound. On the first few albums I did, I was experimenting with a lighter southern rock feel.
This album definitely has a different vibe from my previous albums. I didn’t really have an overall concept of what I wanted this album to be, I just didn’t want to put any limits on the creative prosses like I had done before. You can get the album on all popular streaming sites and from Dr. Johns Surgery Records website.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

The writing process is exciting to me. When I get writing on a new song, sometimes it just feels like it flows out of me. I love to create something out of thin air like that. The recoding process however can be a little draining to me. I love to record, but doing thigs over and over, and listening to the songs over and over to mix and record can get a little tedious.

Do you plan to release any more singles at any point in the near future?

Yes the title track of the album True Grit is the next single to be released. I have just released the video for it.

Have you got any plans to release a full-length album or an EP anytime soon?

Since the True Grit album was just released not to long ago, and I just released a new album with my side project Rictus Of Rage, I think I’m going to take some time off.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

Ozzy and Black Sabbath have been a big influence on me. I grew up listening to all the great bands. Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Motley Crew, Guns N Roses. They all have had a big impact on me.

You’re based in Arizona, USA. What is the music scene like in your part of the world at the moment?

There are a ton of great bands In Arizona. I have seen so many good bands here. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of venues for original bands. There was a great music scene here in the early 2000’s – a lot of clubs would cater to original bands. But most of them closed down, and the ones the managed to stick around are few and far between.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Not much at all. I do most everything by myself. I don’t play live really. I have done a few shows during this time. Some virtual online shows and some live.

I don’t really worry about playing live. I just take what comes to me. I don’t really want to play a ton of shows to begin with. So it really hasn’t hindered me at all.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

No nothing at the moment.

Any last words for the fans?

I want to say thank you for all the support and words of encouragement I have received from you. I can’t begin to tell you what It means to me. This is a very hard business to be in. there is a lot of rejection and competition. So, it can be very discouraging at times, but to know something we created has resonated with you, and to hear how much is amazing.