Giving one big finger to trends, genres and mediocrity has been Mason’s mantra for over twenty years. His studio creations and energy behind the decks are a direct reflection of this personality. Equal parts groove, melody and eccentricity the Dutchman avoids jumping on electronic music bandwagons at all costs.

With a palette borrowed from formative years immersed in hip-hop, house, electro, funk and disco there are no rules to his musical alchemy. It’s really just about having fun and avoiding the usual clichés of the scene. Fast-forward a few decades and the unassuming Dutch producer/DJ is fulfilling his ambitions through creating music and playing clubs and festivals in over 50 countries and counting.

You may know Mason from his breakout single back in 2007 (‘Exceeder’), yet he would be the first to tell you that things have moved on a hell of a lot since those times. In only the last two years he’s had releases on respected labels such as Island Records, Defected, Kittball, Sweat It Out, Skint and Bunny Tiger. Mason’s ‘Rhino’ was one of the tunes of last summer, which became a BBC Radio 1 ‘Hottest Record In The World’.

There have been two fully-fledged artist albums by Mason, featuring a plethora of guest artists. He’s so far managed to persuade the likes of Roisin Murphy, The Noisettes, Aqualung and Jocelyn Brown to join him. Even hip-hop royalty the like of Daryl “DMC” McDaniels, Kurtis Blow and Sway have found themselves on Mason records. More recent partners in crime include Stefflon Don and The Manor.

There have been scores of singles released since that one tune dropped over a decade ago. Beatport number 1’s, BBC Radio playlists, Hollywood movie features and numerous TV ads. There’s been no slacking in the studio Mason refers to as ‘the cave’. The guy is a self confessed workaholic who thrives on the craft of creating. This year sees Mason ramp up his activities with world-renowned collaborators. Already in the can is a club banger featuring UK and US top 10 vocalists, Alex Clare. In the short term he will showcase new output via imprints such as Skint, Spinnin’ Deep, and his second single for Island Records.

In what is becoming a very trend driven genre specific world, Mason constantly strives against the norm by creating music on his own terms. The most important thing is simply making what he’d like to play that will also engage his fans on a dance floor or over the ether.