By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Pop-punk musician Mason Daly recently released his first EP called ‘Solid Ground,’ which was produced by Gavin McMahan and is available to stream on Spotify now.
The goal for Daly was to replicate the same type of sound of the pop-punk albums he listened to growing up.
The Music Bugle had the chance to chat with Daly about ‘Solid Ground’ and more.
Music Bugle – What was it like making your EP?
Mason Daly – Making an EP has been a dream of mine since high school. Ever since I was young, I always knew I wanted to put out music. Just within this last year, I’ve been able to finally record and polish off some of my songs. More than half of them I actually wrote in high school. It wasn’t always easy with the recording process, especially going from playing all my songs acoustic and transferring them to a full sound, but with the help of my producer, we got the whole EP done in about a year.
Music Bugle – Who are some of your musical influences?
Mason Daly – The Starting Line has been my favorite band ever since I can remember. I’m not too picky when I listen to music, but pop-punk is definitely my main interest. Belmont is another one of my favorite bands. I’ve always loved edgy/hardcore guitar riffs with catchy, tight harmonies. Just something that gets me off of my feet.
Music Bugle – What makes you most proud about where you are from?
Mason Daly – I was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, aka “Sin City.” Most people, when I tell them I grew up there, think that I’ve had it rough or that I’m a “party boy.” However, I can say I’ve never visited a bar, gambled or really got involved in anything like that. I’d say I live a pretty straight-edge life.
Music Bugle – Which of your songs was the hardest for you to write?
Mason Daly – Definitely “Blame.” I wrote it in my room coming up with the chorus idea, but I sat on it for months trying to figure out the rest of the song. I knew I wanted it to be a little more punchy and stick out more than the rest of my songs. Almost like a “hit you in the gut” kind of feeling. It’s got to be the most technical song I’ve ever written.
Music Bugle – Does social media make it easier or harder for a musician to stand out these days?
Mason Daly – I’d say social media has so many perks to help musicians like myself stand out more. The hardest part for me is, I’m still learning how to promote my music without spamming random people. I try to relate to people on a personal level with music. One thing I’ve learned is, you’ve got to be openminded. It isn’t all about you. I mean yeah, you want to grow your music as much as possible, but it’s important to learn from other musicians and take in as much as you can, but overall, social media can definitely help you stand out.
Music Bugle – What made you want to become a musician?
Mason Daly – I started learning guitar at age nine and drums at 12. I’ve always liked singing, but never really considered myself as a “singer.” I fell in love with music the more I learned, practiced and played.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Mason Daly – Because of COVID-19, I’ve actually been able to work on music quite a bit more. I helped my producer build a new studio – where I completed my EP – and I’ve written more songs than usual in the last four-five months. I’ve at least had time to work on more of my songs, which has been a positive.
Music Bugle – What do you hope to accomplish within the next year?
Mason Daly – Within the next year, I plan to really promote my music the best I can! My hope is to have a continuous amount of followers and streams. My dream is to open up for some similar artists that I like. Touring would be awesome!
Music Bugle – Have you been working on any new music lately?
Mason Daly – Always. I have a new single coming out in August 2020! Then, an acoustic EP by the beginning of next year, January 2021.
Music Bugle – What’s something people should know about you as a person, away from music?
Mason Daly – Aside from music, I like exercising, skateboarding, cooking, and definitely eating. I’m kind of a “create my own schedule” kind of guy. I like to be my own boss. I guess there’s ups and downs to that. I’m pretty easygoing. I like to make sure everyone I’m around is happy and having a good time.