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Interview with Rob Mason
Rob Masonís BIG COCK is about to explode
Vocals

Big Cock

Interviewed by Brian Rademacher
Date: February 2008

Office Site:www.bigcockrocks.com/
Official My Space site: www.myspace.com/bigcockrocks

Brian Rademacher: Hey Robert, howís it going today?

Rob Mason: Good! Just running to get the phone.

Brian Rademacher: You miss your days in New Jersey?

Rob Mason: : I go back whenever I can. It was born in New York City, raised in New Jersey and within minutes from the NY metro area. I had great friends back there and I learned a lot. It's what forms you. Do I miss all that culture? Absolutely. Do I miss going to a freezing cold game at Giants Stadium? Absolutely.

Brian Rademacher: Not me, itís too cold! (both laughing)

Rob Mason: I keep in touch with a lot of people there. Looking back, all I have is great memories. Honestly, because of the weather and certain opportunities in music, you can do music anywhere. I been back, I toured everywhere, I still have family and friends there and I miss going down the shore with my friends when itís 118 degrees here. Yeah, I remember going down the shore driving in my parents' car on the Garden State Parkway with the windows down being over 100 degrees.

Brian Rademacher: Were you in the bands GEM'S EDGE & FLASHBACK?

Rob Mason: You know whatís really funny, everyone has baby pictures and you can find mine on the internet now. (laughing) Everyoneís got a prom picture and a haircut that no one would ever see. Yeah, I was in cover bands from about 19 to about 24 years old. I was in a lot of cover bands until I was in a band that got a record deal.

Brian Rademacher: Was MAGNUM your first band?

Rob Mason: Well, I studied voice and piano and went through the traditional band thing but make no mistake: I always wanted to do the rock thing. The traditional teachers were totally against me singing what I wanted to.

Brian Rademacher: ADRIAN DODZ changed the name later to SILENT WITNESS David Prater produced one album called ďThrillsĒ back in 1998 and ďSilence WitnessĒ 1997, right?

Rob Mason: Well yes, the SILENT WITNESS thing was never a band; we did demos under contract to a record company at a pretty high level and we did demos that never came out. The president of A & R who had signed us moved on, and the new guy had his baby band and we never got signed. A member in the band walked with the masters, and after that I was in LYNCH MOB and in 1996-97 I recorded the CRY OF LOVE record. Itís getting ready to come out and my A&R guy at Columbia calls me and says, "Hey, you're in this other band called SILENT WITNESS and you have an album coming out; you're not in two bands, are you? ...And they have a picture of you when you were much younger." I figured it out and tracked down and found the bass player, and he says, "Yeah, we were looking for you." I said, "Yeah dude, shut it down. You have money for me because you signed to some small label that is releasing demos. Youíre using my name because I was in a couple other bands and releasing a record labeled as featuring Robert Mason of LYNCH MOB in SILENT WITNESS. I have a record company that is spending serious dollars on a new record and the A & R guy is calling me all pissed off. What the fuck?" I took the money and bought an amp and went and did CRY OF LOVE shows opening for CHEAP TRICK and THE ALLMAN BROTHERS. I was never in a band called SILENT WITNESS and when fans come and bring that for me to sign, yeah, I sign it but I never tell that story. When someone needs money they will do anything, and fans think I was actually in the band SILENT WITNESS which I was never in, but I did sing on it in 1997. It was 1989 when we recorded those demos. I tried to work with a lot of different people.

Brian Rademacher: John Corabi, Richard Black (SHARK ISLAND), and yourself were considered to front SKID ROW before Sebastian Bach left.

Rob Mason: I donít think so; I knew those guys. I know Dave & Scotty pretty well. They were like our big brothers in NJ; they were playing the same clubs. It might have been batted around but I never auditioned for those guys. Iím like Bobby to them, their little brother, they treat me like their little kid brother sometimes.

Brian Rademacher: In 1996, you worked with James Byrd for the ďApocalypse ChimeĒ record?

Rob Mason: Yeah, Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records hired me to finish some songs. James is a great guitar player in that Yngwie style. I went up to his home in Seattle and drank really strong coffee 24 hours a day. Spent a couple weeks up there and recorded right there in his house.

Brian Rademacher: I guess youíre tired of hearing the RATT stories of you joining them after Stephen left.

Rob Mason: Honestly, I was flattered. I've known Warren as long as I've known George. I was at NAMM and saw Robbie Crane and asked did I want to jam with those guys. So I went and played with them a couple times. I had another project going at the same time and I told them that. I also told them I did not think it would be good for them or for me to have me be the singer in RATT. I didnít want to be the guy replacing Stephen Pearcy for awhile; I thought they were better off patching it up, for them, anyway. Bobby really wanted me to do it; RATT have a legacy and a fan base and can still draw people. I didnít want to do it so I backed out before it really became anything. I mean we rehearsed and jammed together doing covers and RATT tunes. I know Warren and his wife pretty well but they couldnít understand why I didnít want to join RATT. I did not want to be the voice of RATT. Stephen is the voice of RATT and has a pretty identifiable voice. When we played together it didnít sound like RATT. They are a fantastic band and great musicians but it just didnít sound like RATT.

Brian Rademacher: But you did record with them because I see some songs with them and you singing on Youtube...

Rob Mason: We played live and someone recorded it.

Brian Rademacher: Tell me about this other band ALIVE www.aliverocks.com 70ís covers BIG COCK.

Rob Mason: It was formed with Troy Luccketta, the drummer for TESLA and a couple local guys; Dave from BIG COCK played bass, and Steve Ouimette and me. It was Steveís idea. He moved down from Seattle; heís the guy behind all the Guitar Hero songs. We said, "No one is doing the old slinky drugged out seventies stuff that we love, and maybe thereís a market for it, from DEEP PURPLE to Rod Stewart. We would book a gig and everything; Troy and I were home at the same time. It was fun and a great time. Thereís no shame in that game, itís just fun to do those songs, That is what we love and grew up on and Iím a fan of those songs.

Brian Rademacher: So you did take voice lessons?

Rob Mason: Oh yeah, I seen some singers abusing their voice either through drugs and alcohol, or abuse and ruin their careers, and I didnít want to be one of those people. My dad sang for a short while and I wanted to make sure I didnít lose it. Iím lucky; I work hard to strengthen my voice muscles. I am my own instrument; if I break a string I canít go to Guitar Center and pick a new one up. You really have to pace yourself through a show.

Brian Rademacher: Since your music career who is the favorite guy you played with?

Rob Mason: There is a band called CTA (California Transit Authority). Danny Seraphine, drummer for CHICAGO, and Terry Kath was the guitar player at the time, killed dead and died before his time, he was amazing. He was one of those really influential guitarists. One of my new friends out here is Alice Cooper who is my hot rod buddy, and Iím a lousy golfer. So Alice does a charity show out here and I was asked to play with CTA a few years ago. Danny put these session musicians together and we blew out these songs, and playing, sold 23 million records, Grammys and scoring films. Iím the baby and I run up there and blow it out to a sold out charity show, itís for a great cause, getting to play with those guys. I mean I did a year where I was Ozzyís background vocalist on the road. When I was in Ozzyís band, Geezer Butler was in the band. I was in half of BLACK SABBATH. Sharon is like a cool mom and Ozzywas like an uncle. I was treated like family. I jammed with Glenn Hughes, whoís a huge influence & friend; Joe Lynn Turner was the first rockstar I ever meet and the coolest guy, he said to me, "You can really sing!" We would go out to New York to the China club and he gave me my first chance to be in that kind of professionalism and gave me confidence. Joe is a genuinely good guy and his birthday is only two days away from mine. Sometimes both of us are cocky as hell.

Brian Rademacher: Do you have any disappointments in your music career?

Rob Mason: You can go back and regret everything in your life; I was able to go around a couple different times. I donít think things were handed to me, I earned what I accomplished. I played almost everywhere in the world, I played little clubs to arenas, I played Budakon twice, Donnington in front of 100 + thousand people, been complemented by legends in the industry...but I never got to play Madison Square Garden. I remember being two or three years old seeing Ringling Brothers Circus in MSG and I still have memories of that. I saw AEROSMITH at MGS and KISS. I played Meadowlands, Nassau Coliseum, Jones Beach; never played the Garden and Iím making a joke about it. I mean I would have liked to have invented the artificial heart too. You get in life what you put into it. I like writing and getting involved with engineering and producing and got asked by Dave to do the BIG COCK thing because we knew each other beforehand and he had all these songs. We think alike in a lot of ways. I was drawn to the fact that it was taken very serious musically and the writing was clever, but it was funny. Once he told me the name of the band I said OH YEAH! Nobody would have the balls to this, everyone thought this would flop. I mean I know people who heard the band and you know, things come back to you what people say. Like ďWhy is he doing that?Ē I donít think we are going to get a major label distribution worldwide, Iím doing it because itís fun and if you donít get it thatís your loss, if you do get it laugh along. How can you stand there and sing some of these songs that are so overtly sexual or so full of yourself and cocky that it makes David Coverdale [sound like] a humble guy. Iím not saying that in a bad way. The WHITESNAKE stuff was very forthright.

Brian Rademacher: Iím not sure if you read our review of the new BIG COCK CD ďMother Load.Ē The power brought forth by that album was amazing, the sound is great.

Rob Mason: Yes, I did read it and thank you very much! That was recorded in a very expensive studio called MY KITCHEN. Dude, I tracked vocals in my living room. The stuff you can do with Pro-Tools and a good laptop is amazing. I really appreciate that Dave and I really had that vision, or we wouldn't be BIG COCK. We wanted to sound like a band around '78-'79 like AC/DC or VAN HALEN. We wanted to be a band like that but different, but with that style, with attitude. We went for older sounds; I am singing through tube mics, and we're not too far off the mark. We want to do what we love and writing what makes us happy and rock. When we play live and people are screaming our lyrics, "Bad Motherfucker" in peopleís faces and they get scared to death, and people with fists in the air are rocking out, that's pretty pompous. We're not anywhere near that cocky; well, maybe Dave is. We call ourselves the heavy metal BEACH BOYS.

Brian Rademacher: Will BIG COCK ever do any East Coast shows??

Rob Mason: I seen pretty much amazing things happen in music, but the reality of it is if someone wanted to fly us out there to play we would go. The thing we want to do is put this record out and see how everything goes. We have nothing in the plans; we have separate lives and always have other things we do. I like to stay private, I get paid for things you will never see, but I can pay my mortgage.

Brian Rademacher: Was there a song you like the most on the CD?

Rob Mason: This is not a bull-shit answer: Each song has its own little thing. I really liked the piano ballad. It started with acoustic and piano in my house. We tracked it that day and that to me was the essence of a song. Itís the most arrogant ridiculous lyric in the world. Itís called ďDonít Ask Me to be Faithful.Ē Dave figured out what chick is going to go for that without smacking you. We bring really life with the lyrics or it could be stories that are real or not real.

Brian Rademacher: What is the wildest thing that ever happened on the road?

Rob Mason: Have you seen Spinal Tap or Rockstar? OK, almost all that stuff is true. It's funny; musicians love that. Everyoneís thrown stuff out their window; everyone had naked girls escape from them from their hotel room. I woke up with my drummer sleeping naked with only socks on in the satellite dish on the roof of the Hilton. Sitting making a phone call as the tour bus drives away because they think youíre on the bus. Itís just funny really.

Brian Rademacher: Robert, Thanks for taking the time to spend talking, would you like to say anything in conclusion?

Rob Mason: We just want to make music, maybe go to that Rocklahoma thing this year. We had great fun making this record. Go out and get yourself some BIG COCK. Go into a Best Buy and ask "Whereís the BIG COCK?" Just look at the cover of the record, it's fun to push buttons. I love hearing people at radio stations saying, "I canít say that," or you have Eddie Trunk and heís like, "This is awesome!" We had people come up to us and say ,"Thatís never going to be on radio." Thatís not the point. We want to be so outrageous that I think the name will open more doors than it closes. What, are we going to change our name? I donít think so. Spread the word: BIG COCK is CUMMING!

 

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