Band Of The Day Interview – Bleeding Raven

If could introduce yourself for us…who are you?

                Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven:  Hello, I’m Dean Mason of BLEEDING RAVEN and GNOSTIC GORILLA.

                How did you get into music?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven:  Bleeding Raven is a one man aggrotech project so, I more or less do everything, including making the muffins. Hahahahaha So, I started off in music as a tiny little boy in school and put out a single with some mates from the hood. It was a cross between Maiden and Tiny Tim…hahahaha JK.  (but I like Tiny Tim…a complete original) The tracks were “Dark Hallway/Golgotha” and it was released simply as “Dean Mason” and it was released on “Lonely Ghost Productions” indie label. In 2012, I revisited the idea of doing music strictly as a hobby, as I have a ‘career’ and thus was born [initially] “The Lonely Ghost Project”. I recorded a few singles and released them, but never really took myself seriously.  (still don’t) In 2016, I decided to release an entire album, but used the name “Gnostic Gorilla” and then that album was rereleased by Cleopatra Records in 2018. I was offered a deal with them (Cleopatra) in January of 2018 and I admit I was immensely surprised. Quite an honour. So…I released a few albums as “Gnostic Gorilla” (with other labels as well) and then finally, in May of 2019, I wanted to do a more aggrotech type project and thus was born “Bleeding Raven”. (also released on Cleopatra Records).

                How long have you been at this?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven:  I started in earnest with recording (again) in 2012.

                What three words would you use to describe the music you play?

Dean Mason of Bleeding RavenAbrasive. Dark. Haunting.

                What are your musical influences?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven:  In my early years, as a lad, I’d say that Gary Numan was the artist that most inspired me to just consider doing music. He remains an inspiration in many ways, but throughout the years other bands have had an impact on how I approach music. To name a few — Type O Negative, Ministry, Japan, Korn, Frost Like Ashes, Marilyn Manson, Skinny Puppy, Black Sabbath, Global Citizen, CRIX IIIX, and many others. But I have to give a shout out to The Doors who will forever be for me one of the best bands ever in the history of modern music. Gary Numan and The Doors are in many ways my biggest inspirations, even though my music itself is not like theirs.  Also, I’m very impressed with William Westwater and his many projects, including and especially “Fear Incorporated” and “The Pandemonium Bureau”.

                What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: Not a live act yet, but I’m sure there would be nothing but weird things to happen.

                What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: Kajagoogoo. Lol. No. I don’t actually have anything I’d be ashamed to own.

                What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: “INTRUDER” which is Gary Numan’s most recent release.

                Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?

In my other project, Gnostic Gorilla there is some neat stuff happening with  a great label…GEISHAB0Y RECORDS UK.

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