The solo endeavor of singer/songwriter Lear Mason, Some Days Are Darker illustrates a rich soundscape colored by hues of love, loss, and rebirth, an era-ambiguous amalgamation of goth-rock gloom and modern-day crooner.
You always level up when it comes to new music! Please tell us how you continue to do that?!
That’s very kind of you. I had a relatively blue-collar upbringing, so even though one side of me is partial to the whims of artistic wanton, the other side of me is masochistic and hard-working. It’s a combination of staying inspired and staying focused. Just doing the work. The more work we do, the more we play and write, the wider the Some Days Are Darker universe becomes.
Are you on cloud 9 when the music is out and you get to hear your fans’ feedback?
It feels really good when people get it. Lately I’ve been getting a lot of good rejections to playlists. Things like, “the whole track brings on an emotional aura. It’s all so bleak and cold.” To me, that’s a positive review. One said, “the vocals remind me of a band I really don’t like: the National.” But the National is great. So it’s working.
Are you present to enjoy all the fruits of your labor or are you on to your next project?
I’m almost never present for anything. I’m very goal oriented so in the midst of what I’m doing, my mind is already focused on the next two or three things. I’ve been trying to work on that lately. The exception would be very intimate moments, like playing live, or during the process of writing. I’m able to escape in those moments. Music has always been therapeutic to me in that way.
Taking on all that you do as an artist, what has been the most exciting part of making this new music?
Shows. I’m so excited to do the live shows and do the full band. I do some solo shows, which are nice. Those are different for me. But doing the full band is the maximum Some Days Are Darker experience.
As you rise in your career, and level up with your new music. What is keeping you grounded?
Honestly, I’m so fucking grounded. I’m too grounded. If that sounds like an oxymoronic brag, it’s not. It’s a fault. I’m not one of those artists that glides into the room and demands all the energy. I’m a small-town, blue-collar, cynical, middle-child, artist who thrives in solitude. If anything, I could benefit from lashing out a little more.
Where and how do we get to continue to support all that you do?
The best support I can hope for is that people listen and come to the shows. We’ll be at Meteor in Windsor, Ontario on December 29th and at the Den in Prescott, AZ on February 4th. Our self titled album, Some Days Are Darker is out now.
Please lend us some insight to what you want fans to take from your journey so far as a musician and what it means to you as they continue to support your new music?
Be true to yourself. Make music that is authentic to you. It takes a long time to sound like yourself. Keep working. Don’t try to please other people. Listen to everyone and then do whatever you want.
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