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Interview: Mason Musso on his favorite artists and Metro Station’s upcoming ten-year tour

For the past ten years, Metro Station has been making upbeat pop music, most notably the 2007 hit “Shake It.” Last year, they put out Savior, their second studio album, and currently they’re touring in support of that album alongside Palaye Royale.

We chatted with Mason Musso (far right, in the photo below), who writes, sings and plays guitar for the Los Angeles-based band. You can also see photos of Metro Station’s recent visit to Little Rock, Arkansas here.

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You’re headlining this tour with Palaye Royale and The Strive, with the exception of tonight, as support. How is that going?
It’s been great. I’ve been good friends with the guys in Palaye Royale for going on six years now. They’re just great guys. We’ve also played with The Strive before and they were awesome guys as well. We’re just lucky to have those bands on the road with us. These last couple shows have been really amazing. I think my favorite part about this tour is that we have a lot more control. Being the headliner comes with a good amount of perks, which is a lot of fun.

You formed almost a decade ago. Do you have an idea of where you see Metro Station being in the next decade?
I think Trace and I are still going to be making music. For us, we just think about year terms, or maybe in five year terms. You never know what’s going to happen, even tomorrow. Next year, we’re going to be doing our 10 year reunion tour. We’ll be playing our first record front to back, and then we are also going to be releasing new music. We plan on releasing a song a month, and at the end of the year we would have a whole record released. Instead of just releasing all the tracks at once, this will be a way to keep fans interested. We’re gonna try something a little different.

Which side of this career do you prefer: the writing and recording, or the touring and playing shows?
I really do enjoy going on tour because you get that instant gratification from the people watching and you can get opinions, but it’s also nice being able to be at home and being able to record without having to worry about anything.

Both you and Trace come from families who are more artistically inclined than most. Was that a major role in forming the creative individual you are today?
When I was younger, my family got my brothers into acting very early, so I would do catalogs and stuff for JC Penny’s. I also had a one liner on Arrested Development, so I did a little bit of the acting thing, but for me, it was always music. Seeing how well my brother, Mitchell, did definitely did inspire me to try to do well.

You released a video for Married In Vegas last month. When you wrote the song, was the video concept already in mind?
I think it was. When the song was finished, we definitely knew we wanted to make a video for it. We felt like it was really special, and knew it would be a fun video to make. This was definitely a song off of the Savior mixtape that we had to make a video for.

Your newest album has a collaboration between Metro Station and Ronnie Radke, Getting Over You. Should fans expect more collaborations in the future?
We’re always open to write with anyone. We love collaborating with people, and Ronnie was so nice to get on that track with us. He’s such a talented artist, and all of the guys in Falling In Reverse are good friends of ours. You can definitely expect more collaborations.

Are there any artists specifically you would love to work with?
There’s this guy, Leon Knight, who is just an L.A. artist who reminds me of a young Prince. He hasn’t done a whole lot, but I really want to reach out and try to work with.

On an interview from last year, you mentioned recording an acoustic E.P.. Are you still planning on releasing that?
Yeah, we’re going to release it after this tour. We just sent the music in to get mixed and mastered. It’s 5 tracks, and we plan on getting it out around Christmas time. It is just a whole new style from us. It’s really short, but we really wanted to give the fans something new.

“Shake It” is the song most Metro Station fans think of when they hear your name. Do you ever get tired of playing that song live, or that being the song everyone thinks of?
No, it’s a blessing. That song did so much for us. Mark McGrath said “it’s better to be a one-hit wonder than be a no-hit wonder.”

Is there anything you want to fans to know about?
The ten-year tour is coming in 2017! We’ll be playing our debut album from front to back. We’ll also be releasing brand new music.

Dominique Benedict
Dominique Benedict is a photographer based out of Arkansas. You can see more of her work on Instagram at @dominiquesphoto.

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Interview: Mason Musso on his favorite artists and Metro Station’s upcoming ten-year tour

For the past ten years, Metro Station has been making upbeat pop music, most notably the 2007 hit “Shake It.” Last year, they put out Savior, their second studio album, and currently they’re touring in support of that album alongside Palaye Royale.

We chatted with Mason Musso (far right, in the photo below), who writes, sings and plays guitar for the Los Angeles-based band. You can also see photos of Metro Station’s recent visit to Little Rock, Arkansas here.

metro-station-4ed5394e95a64

You’re headlining this tour with Palaye Royale and The Strive, with the exception of tonight, as support. How is that going?
It’s been great. I’ve been good friends with the guys in Palaye Royale for going on six years now. They’re just great guys. We’ve also played with The Strive before and they were awesome guys as well. We’re just lucky to have those bands on the road with us. These last couple shows have been really amazing. I think my favorite part about this tour is that we have a lot more control. Being the headliner comes with a good amount of perks, which is a lot of fun.

You formed almost a decade ago. Do you have an idea of where you see Metro Station being in the next decade?
I think Trace and I are still going to be making music. For us, we just think about year terms, or maybe in five year terms. You never know what’s going to happen, even tomorrow. Next year, we’re going to be doing our 10 year reunion tour. We’ll be playing our first record front to back, and then we are also going to be releasing new music. We plan on releasing a song a month, and at the end of the year we would have a whole record released. Instead of just releasing all the tracks at once, this will be a way to keep fans interested. We’re gonna try something a little different.

Which side of this career do you prefer: the writing and recording, or the touring and playing shows?
I really do enjoy going on tour because you get that instant gratification from the people watching and you can get opinions, but it’s also nice being able to be at home and being able to record without having to worry about anything.

Both you and Trace come from families who are more artistically inclined than most. Was that a major role in forming the creative individual you are today?
When I was younger, my family got my brothers into acting very early, so I would do catalogs and stuff for JC Penny’s. I also had a one liner on Arrested Development, so I did a little bit of the acting thing, but for me, it was always music. Seeing how well my brother, Mitchell, did definitely did inspire me to try to do well.

You released a video for Married In Vegas last month. When you wrote the song, was the video concept already in mind?
I think it was. When the song was finished, we definitely knew we wanted to make a video for it. We felt like it was really special, and knew it would be a fun video to make. This was definitely a song off of the Savior mixtape that we had to make a video for.

Your newest album has a collaboration between Metro Station and Ronnie Radke, Getting Over You. Should fans expect more collaborations in the future?
We’re always open to write with anyone. We love collaborating with people, and Ronnie was so nice to get on that track with us. He’s such a talented artist, and all of the guys in Falling In Reverse are good friends of ours. You can definitely expect more collaborations.

Are there any artists specifically you would love to work with?
There’s this guy, Leon Knight, who is just an L.A. artist who reminds me of a young Prince. He hasn’t done a whole lot, but I really want to reach out and try to work with.

On an interview from last year, you mentioned recording an acoustic E.P.. Are you still planning on releasing that?
Yeah, we’re going to release it after this tour. We just sent the music in to get mixed and mastered. It’s 5 tracks, and we plan on getting it out around Christmas time. It is just a whole new style from us. It’s really short, but we really wanted to give the fans something new.

“Shake It” is the song most Metro Station fans think of when they hear your name. Do you ever get tired of playing that song live, or that being the song everyone thinks of?
No, it’s a blessing. That song did so much for us. Mark McGrath said “it’s better to be a one-hit wonder than be a no-hit wonder.”

Is there anything you want to fans to know about?
The ten-year tour is coming in 2017! We’ll be playing our debut album from front to back. We’ll also be releasing brand new music.

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