Nicholas Mason

Session Drummer

Nicholas Mason

About

Paiste Artist Since
June 2017

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
Session Drummer

Other Affiliations
V2A
The Rhythm Coffin
Michael Grant & The Assassins
Street Drum Corps
The Deadlights

„Throughout my entire career Paiste has been THE sound. They fit every possible playing situation I'll ever find myself in with unparalleled quality. “

Setup

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Biography

Nicholas Mason, the “Living Dead Drummer”, is one of the most in-demand session and touring drummers today. He has performed on countless albums, singles and movie soundtracks, appeared in several music videos, mainstream movies and television, orchestrated drum clinics, and even co-hosted an international music TV program. While at the same time making regular appearances in percussion trade magazines such as DRUM! & Modern Drummer, and contributing to trade show seminars on Endorsement Programs as well as written articles for Music Connection Magazine. His credits include live and studio performances with Street Drum Corps, V2A, DK-Zero, Michael Grant, The Rhythm Coffin, Beasto Blanco, Orianthi, TUFF, Daisy DeLaHoya, Shania Twain, Nik West, and many more. Nick has appeared in big-budget films such as Bill & Ted: Face The Music, DeadAnt, and has performed on MasterChef, Cartoon Network, Showtime, FOX, ABC, as well as corporate work with NIKE, VANS, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Google, and Sony Pictures. He also currently holds a healthy teaching practice in Southern California, with 40+ private students per week, and is a Show Director for School Of Rock, a performance based music school with multiple franchise locations around the world. The Living Dead Drummer officially endorses Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Aquarian Drumheads, Regal Tip Drumsticks, Coffin Case, Cympad, Cool Claws, & Zombie Killer Clothing.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Loud
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Bright, full, clean, energetic, strong. Fairly narrow range, fairly clean mix. Heavy response, controllable feel. Big, clean, glassy ping over a dry, dark and bell-like wash. The classic power ride sound for mainly Rock and Metal applications.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Loud
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Brilliant, sharp, powerful. Wide range, clean mix. Heavy feel. Bright, pronounced ping over a controlled, warm wash. Massive bell. Powerful, cutting ride for loud playing. While Color Sound 900 feature essentially the same sound and function as the 900 Series, the color coating causes a slightly drier sound, shortens the sustain a bit, and results in a more focused attack.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 18", 20"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Medium bright, full, exotic, fairly trashy. Wide range, complex mix. Responsive, full sounding crash, complex, trashy ride. The definitive classic rock china sound.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19", 20"
    Volume: Loud
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Medium bright, full-bodied, solid. Wide range, clean mix. Giving feel. Powerful crash with meaty attack. Well suited for assertive yet musical accents in loud music styles. While Color Sound 900 feature essentially the same sound and function as the 900 Series, the color coating causes a slightly drier sound, shortens the sustain a bit, and results in a more focused attack.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 16", 18"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Fairly dark, energetic. Medium wide range, complex mix. Explosive, shattering crash. Exotic stick sound over a complex, trashy wash. Assertive china for exotic effects. While Color Sound 900 feature essentially the same sound and function as the 900 Series, the color coating causes a slightly drier sound, shortens the sustain a bit, and results in a more focused attack.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Bright, crisp, sharp. Wide range, clean mix. Very responsive feel. Crisp stick sound, energetic open sound. Bright, defined chick. Cutting hi-hats for precise playing in wide-ranging styles. While Color Sound 900 feature essentially the same sound and function as the 900 Series, the color coating causes a slightly drier sound, shortens the sustain a bit, and results in a more focused attack.

  • Sounds