Give it up for Dev Mason, Stagelight’s Artist of the Month!
Hailing from San Jose, CA, Mason writes and produces his own music. And this isn’t the first time he’s been under the spotlight. You may remember him from Stagelight’s AutoRap Competition 1, where he took home the grand prize for his beat “Savage San Salvador”. We wanted to give him props for keeping up with his passion for music and going on to release a new album titled Mazer Beamz.
The production on Mazer Beamz is clean, with rich snares that drive his mellow chords, and fat kicks to give it all a bouncey feel. Chopped vocal samples and hard-hitting hip hop beats keep Mason’s new work bumpin’ in tracks like “California Maisinz”, while guitar fills out chilled electronic tracks like “Zephyr”. There are even hints of retro 80s synthwave in tracks like “Trust”, while “Always Knew” sounds like a Tron: Legacy bonus track – despite the different style, it rolls perfectly with Mason’s traditional hip hop rhythm, those bright snares and booming kicks working to keep the song slapping. The album flows seamlessly between relaxing pads and addicting beats, and should be on anyone’s late night playlist.
We’re excited to see your artistic talent flourish into a completed record. Congrats Dev. Keep it up!
Congrats Lauren Dair
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