Major Matt Mason USA

Major Matt Mason USA will perform at OJ All Day Upstairs Sunday May 25, 2:30pm

Major Matt Mason USA has been making music since the late 80's. In his father's basement in Shawnee, Kansas (a suburb of Kansas City) Matt would amuse his dog Friskie by lip-synching to Kiss records and hammering out ditties about the threat of nuclear war and peer pressure on a $30 Harmony guitar. While attending the University of Kansas, Matt got his first taste of a thriving underground music scene playing guitar for local punk bands with names like Magic Nose and Dracomagnet that drew from influences like the Butthole Surfers and Jesus Lizard.

In the early 90's, Matt localized a five-year long distance relationship and moved to New York City where he found a home in the now infamous East Village Antifolk Community. After a brief stint as a record store clerk, he landed a job as an apprentice at a soho based commercial sound facility. For the next five years he would spend his days in a state-of-the-art digital audio facility servicing high profile advertising clients, while his nights were spent plucking out edgy lo-fi acoustic love songs into a boombox in a mouse- infested lower east side apartment.

Flash forward 10 years. Major Matt has evolved from the boombox to a catalog of 5 full length albums: Rivington '94 and The Tower Days, Me Me Me, Honey Are You Ready For The Ballet?, Bad People Rule The World, and Senile Pie Strive Pip Melancholy. MMM music is filled with influences that range from Bob Dylan to Sonic Youth. He has established Olive Juice Music: a fully functional recording studio/ independent record label/ online distribution center that he operates out of his NYC apartment with bandmate /significant other Nan Turner and cat Gummo (who takes care of the mice). Matt is also a member of the bands Schwervon! and Kansas State Flower. The DIY spirit is a big part of Matt's art and lifestyle as he continues to carve out a niche for truly modern American Folk music.

Photo by Yoko Kikuchi