Joyzine@20: 10 Questions with Masca

With Joyzine’s 20th Birthday Weekender just a few days away we’re catching up with the artists who will be gracing the stage at The Old Library, and today it’s the turn of Bristolian heavy pop outfit Masca.

1) Who’s in the band and what do they play?
Jack plays drums and sings, Ben plays bass and Tina sings and plays guitar.

2) How would you describe your sound to someone who’s not heard you before?
Someone said Dolly Parton meets Battles, another said Taylor Swift meets Nirvana.

3) Who are some of your biggest influences and how have they affected your approach to making music?
Love Fleetwood Mac, Abba, Destiny’s Child. I think the constant with a lot of the bands/artists I listened to when growing up is the focus on good melodies and chord structures. I think this comes through when I try to write now.

4) Who are your favourite current artists and what do you like about them?
We’re loving Cults for how it makes me feel, De Staat for their weirdness, Wunderhouser for their instrumentalism, and Demob Happy for their songwriting.

5) What do you like most about playing live?
I love to see people losing themselves. It’s true what they say about performers feeding off the crowd. There’s a sweet spot for me when I’m not inside my own head, and instead enjoying the songs, enjoying the crowd. It’s only ever a positive feedback loop and I think that’s important to remember.

6) What makes the perfect gig?
2 band bill, great support act, early finish. Rowdy but respectful crowd, free beer. Maybe some pyro.

7) Tell us an interesting fact/anecdote about your band
Masca is actually a place in Tenerife.

8) When did you first come across Joyzine & what connection do you have to the site?
Joyzine has supported and continues to support me and the bands I have been in over the years. It’s a hub for music lovers and we’re so happy to play our little part in playing their 20th Anniversary.

9) The shows are raising money for HOPE not hate, why is this an important cause for you to support?
We live in a world where more of our issues stem from people who aren’t willing or able to find common ground. Hate is what divides us and any genuine attempt to take down that divide is a cause for good in my eyes.

10) What were you doing 20 years ago?
We were all children, at school, I hadn’t even decided I wanted to be a musician yet!

The ticket link for our Joyzine Weekender is currently down, please email paul@joyzine.org to reserve a ticket at the advance price (that’ll save you the booking fee too!)

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