Review Fix Exclusive: Gnostic Gorilla’s Dean Mason Talks Goals for 2019 And More

BReview Fix chats with Gnostic Gorilla’s Dean Mason, who discusses his influences, goals and scaring people with his music.

Review Fix: How did the project start?

Dean Mason: Before â€œGnostic Gorilla” there was â€œThe Lonely Ghost Project”. Dean Mason first recorded a single way back titled â€œDark Hallway” with â€œGolgotha” as the B-Side. I (Dean Mason) eventually began experimenting with more electronic/industrial music and eventually named the project â€œGnostic Gorilla” because there was band named â€œThe Lonely Ghost Parade”and I did not want there to be any confusion, even though â€œThe Lonely Ghost Project”has existed for years. One of my songs, which is now titled â€œEye for a Lie” was called Gnostic Gorilla and so decided to go with that.

Review Fix: What’s your creative process like?

Mason: I began usually with either beats of riffs or synth sounds. I usually have a vague idea what kind of song I want to do, but often, after adding layers of sounds and FX and atmosphere the track comes alive in it’s own unique way. Then when all the music is finished, I write lyrics and record vocals. After that I do the final mix. Believe it or not, I find that last part of the process most difficult because matching a vocal style with the music is not always easy and it’s also quite tricky mixing the vocals. Frustrating actually.  I am not an engineer so I can only do my best.

Review Fix: What’s your standout song? How was it written?

Mason: Oh man. One of my favourite tracks is â€œWomb to the Tomb.” It has a classic rock feel (sort of like Morrison/Doors) mixed with a kick ass industrial sound. That said, I think â€˜Winter’s Mourning is one of the best songs I’ve done and that’s for personal reasons.

Review Fix: What are your goals for 2019?

Mason: I want to continue promoting â€œSt. Basil’s Asylum” with Cleopatra Records while at the same time promoting other releases. I plan on doing some work with other artists.

Review Fix: How do you want your music to affect people?

Mason: I want my music to scare the absolute shit out of people. Hahahahahahaha.  Just kidding. I hope my stuff  inspires people to escape while at the same time pondering some of the deeper questions.

Review Fix: What’s next?

Mason: Really don’t know. I think it is best to leave it at that. I just don’t know. One day at a time man.

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