Chill Guru

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One of the original co-founders of the electronic music collective known as Thump Radio out of San Francisco.  Mason was the main radio producer and head of programming for the company.  He has been spinning and producing radio shows since 1984. Starting out with the early sounds of Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure and New Order on college radio KYMC in St. Louis.  It was a natural progression in the 90's when the electronic sounds of house, techno and trance began to influence.

Moving from the East Coast to the West Coast in 1997 and landing in the Haight in San Francisco, Mason quickly became hooked on the downtempo and atmospheric drum'n bass scene that was bubbling in the underground.  After a few sessions of checking out live acts that rolled through SF such as Burdy (Baby Mammoth) and Fila Brazillia it was clear, downtempo music was now the center.  It began to take shape for Mason as he played many of the chill out chambers of the early underground warehouse parties and began spinning the psychedelic Innerchill releases, Pork Recordings and many more down tempo gems alongside fellow DJs, Dob, Bassnectar, and Daniel of the CCC to name a few. Mason was part of the chill out duo for Thump Radio known as Masonic & Dob he and the partners of Thump Radio would launch the weekly chill out party on Sunday nights at the old Backflip, at the Phoenix Hotel. This party ran for close to a year and was called "The Other Side" taken from the other side of the heavy sounds of Thump Radio as well as influenced by friends of Thump Radio, The Cocteau Twins.

From there, Mason was offered a residency in the Mission at Laszlo on Saturday nights spinning funky chunkiness with his good friend Kenni for close to two years.

Thump Radio would begin to take up much more time when syndication began and chill out took a back seat.  While Mason was checking out a brand new venue called ANU, a mix was playing by a DJ called Sinukus (Stephen Wilson). Thanks to an introduction by Dahi; Masonic & Sinukus started their successful Friday weekly Happy Hour called "Thump Chill" that welcomed guests such as Jondi & Spesh, Garth, Didje Kelli, Felix The Dog, Jonathan Ojeda, Ben Doren, Kaya Project, Ambient Mafia and many more...

From the success of the weekly event came a new opportunity on radio a weekly show with Alice 97.3 FM in San Francisco. Mason helped to create and launch the show "Chill with Alice" successfully which still airs today. After parting ways with Alice, Mason moved to Los Angeles and the birth of Below Zero happened during a night while sitting watching the sun set along the Redondo Beach horizon.

Mason was also hired on to produce a new show on XM called "Red Bull on the Move" which was a show dedicated to underground sounds that travel the globe. He also helped to launch Future Bars Los Angeles which managed properties such as Marriott - Marina Del Rey, Ritz-Carlton - Marina Del Rey and Renaissance - Aliso Vaejo and Catalina Island - Avalon Grille & Descanso Beach Club. Mason was the music director and put together a team of DJ's who spin chill, broken beat and house grooves every week.

Productions
(((THUMP))) - San Francisco (Barneveld) (DNA) 1999 - 2006
The Other Side - San Francisco - Backflip 1999
Breakfast in Bed - Miami (BED) and San Francisco (Supperclub) 2001 - 2007
Atomic - San Francisco (DNA) 2000 - 2003
Thump Chill - San Francisco (ANU) 2003 - 2004
On The Move (XM) - Miami WMC - Surfcomber, Palms Hotel, Red Bull House 2001 - 2007
Ben Westbeech Live - New York - Cielo 2008
Glow - Los Angeles 2006 - Present


Gigs / Interviews / Media Coverage
1190 Fulton House - live with Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins
Jay-J & Friends - Shifted Music WMC 2007
Heineken Presents - 2001 - 2003
Coachella Heineken Tent - 2009
Bull Run - Roosevelt Hotel 2007
San Francisco - Ruby Skye, 1015 Folsom, Barneveld, DNA, Backflip, Lazlo, Anu, Swig, Supperclub
Los Angeles - Glow, Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton
Red Bull on The Move - WMC - Beatport / Remix Hotel 2007 - 2008
Red Bull on The Move - Montreal, Los Angeles, New York 2008
Red Bull on The Move - Seattle - Decibel Festival 2007
Red Bull on The Move - Baltimore - Virgin Festival 2007
Red Bull on The Move - Bacelona - Sonar Festival 2007
Red Bull on The Move - England - Southport Weekender 2007
Red Bull on The Move - Milan - Milan 2007
Red Bull on The Move - San Francisco - Dream Team 2007

Interviews
Jeremy Ellis, Daz-I-Kue, Sun Tzu Sound, Carl Cox, Jon Rundell, SOS, Saeed Younan, Saeed & Palash, Mark Pappas, Roland Clark, Todd Terry, Kevin Kevin, Cobblestone Jazz, George Morel, deadmau5, Nic Fanciulli, Johnny Fiasco, Fred Everything, Colette, Christian Provost, Jojo Flores, Danny Torrance, Ibra, Anton, Nicol Torriero, Joubin, Ninja Tune Crew, Hawt Music, Steve Loria, Raul Campos, Isaiah Martin, Mike Cole & Freddy Be, Mark Lewis, Louie Vega, Danny Teneglia, Francois K., Kerri Chandler, Dennis Ferrer, Kevin Hedge (Blaze), Ben Westbeech, Mark Farina, DJ Heather, Miguel Migs, David Harness, Doc Martin, Will Saul, Luca Bacchetti, Milly De Mori, James Zabielia, Danny Howells, Lee Burridge, Wolf & Lamb, Derek Plaslaiko, Switch, Chris De Luca, Phon O, Kris Moon, Kristina Childs, Speedy J, Jerry Abstract, Simian Mobile Disco, Uniting Souls Crew, Jacob London, Nordic Soul, Booka Shade, Lovegrove, Ultra Nate, The Crystal Method, Dieselboy,     Scottie B, Deep Dish, DJ Spen, Girl Talk, Felix da Housecat, Jay Rags, Al Velilla, Carlos Hollers, Clara Moto, Mike Monday, Black Coffee, Jesse Rose, Ian Martin, The Executives, Nine2Five Recordings Crew, Aloe Blacc, Lovemonk Soundsystem, Douglas Greed, Liquid People, Terry Hunter, Quentin Harris, Norman Jay, Frankie Feliciano, Jazzanova, Benji B, Giles Peterson, Mark De Clive Lowe, Arnold Jarvis, Kenny Dope, Ron Trent, The Pasta Boys, Lele Sacchi, DJ Gilb'r, Cabanne, Sonotheque, Hi-Tek Soul, Derrick May, Kevin Sanderson, Stacey Pullen, Made Crew, OM Records Crew, Jay-J, ESL Music Crew, Thievery Corporation, Supperclub SF Crew, Chuck Love, Sir Piers, Monique Bingham, Samantha James, Random Soul, Ursula 1000, Fort Knox Five, J-Boogie, Thunderball, Nickodemus, Mancub, Syd Gris, Dutch, Dirtyhertz, Smoove, Bassnectar, DJ Seven, Taj, David Harness, Ben Watt, Marques Wyatt, Armin Van Burren, Mystre, Mars, Remy, Sasha & Digweed, Christopher Lawrence, Fred Numf, Scott Quick, D:Fuse, Didje Kelli, Jonathan Ojeda, Hernan Cantanneo, Gabriel & Dresdan, Morgan Page, Seb Fontaine, Julius Papp, Bobby D'Ambrosia, Frankie Knuckles, Chris Fortier, Kaskade, Hector Romero, Lavish Habits, Bill Patrick, Trendroid, Hyper, Alex Whale, Dave Ralph, Banco De Gaia, Deep Dive Corporation, DJ Field, Holmes Ives, Jondi & Spesh, Kenji Williams -ABA Structure, Garth, Jeno, Ben Neil, Brother, Burdy - Baby Mammoth, Chris Hill, dHizan & Kamian, Galen, Karsh Kale, Kaya Project, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Process, Total Eclipse, Subal, Telepopmusik, Toires, Waterjuice, DJ D, Dyloot, Gianni, Greg Sandler, Joseph Lee, Kemical Kidd, Uphonic, Tom Slik, Barry Ashworth, Barry Jamieson, Behrouz, BioJeff, Boy George, Cass, Chris Fortier, David Coleman, Sen-Sei, Deepsky, Junkie XL, DeLoren & Colors, DJ Annemiek, DJ Vibe, Donald Glaude, DRC, Tim Healey, James Monroe, Jon Sa Trincha, Jerry Bonham, Jimmy Van M., John OO Fleming, John Creamer, John Wander, Josh Wink, Kramer, Low End Specialists, Lucien Fortt, Max Graham, Michael Anthony, Moda, Mr. C, Nick Warren, Jody Wisternoff, Way Out West, Sander Kleinenberg, Sandra Collins, Satoshi Tomeii, Speaker Junkies, Gray Area, Starecase, Steve Lawler, Taylor, Superchumbo, Anita Lofton, BB Hayes, Ben Doren, Charlotte The Baroness, Chus & Ceballos, Danny Buddha Morales, Disciple, DJ Hal, Halo, Hipp-E, Dj Pierre, Duane King, Ellen Ferrato, Frankie Bones, Frenchy Le Freak, Gabriel Rene, Andy Caldwell, Gavin Hardkiss, Gee Moore, Groove Armada, Ian Vogel, Jesse Sauders, Marshall Jefferson, John Henfrey, John Howard, John Pickett, John Rodriguez, Jonathan Ulysses, Julius Papp, Kaskade, M3, Melvin Moore, Mike Ameci, Pascal Dolle, Pete Heller, Pete Moss, Phonique, Stephen Luke, Tres Manos, Utah Saints, Webster, Luis Baro, Kepi & Kat, Villo, Andrew Phelan, Audio Soul Project, DJ Samo, Raoul Kahn, Jon Lemmon, Abstract, Andy Sine, DJ Rap, Cosmic Selector, Method One & Kaos, E-Sassin, Presha, Sage, Teebee, UFO, A Guy Called Gerald, Agnes B, Atum, Kenni, RL, Surge, Eyephunk Crew, Brett Starr, Paul Hemming, Dimitri Mykonos, Trevor Simpson, Andy W. Forest Green, J-Bot, Static Revenger, De Leon, Hac Le, Zach Moore, George Reasoner, Luke Fair, Pako & Frederick, Mike Giannini, Groove Junkies, Deep C, Troydon, Bryan Jones, Colin Patterson, Frank Lara, Jay Tripwire, Justin Long, Miles Maeda, Ricardo Torres, Adam Freeland, Soulstice, Blue Planet Corporation, Rinocerose, Hybrid, Scumfrog, Oli Wisdom, Dado, Hux Flux, Anti, Ashley Casselle, Astral Projection, Zoo-B, Tipper, Dov, Steve Porter, Uberzone, S Range, Felix the Dog, Cosmosis, Dave Seaman, Synchro, Sun Project, Infected Mushroom, Alien Project, Neuromoter, Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, 3 Point Turn, Absolum, Dino Parasis, Human Blue, Noel Sanger, Peter Lawrence of Big Chill, Gordon of Interchill, Rowan Blades, Vajra, Tim Schuldt, Halodium, Future Prophecy, Dave Ralph, Norman Hines, Simon Raymonde, Robin Guthrie, Lee Coombs, FC Kahuna, Gus Till, Simon Posford, Alex Hunter, X-Dream, Dimitri TIP, Swayzak, Barry Gould, Peter Gawtry, Eddie Amador, Onionz, Joeski, Sentient, Tristan, Peter Ziegelmeyer, Mark Allen, Son Kite, Atmos, Gina Rene, Mei-Lwun, Deviant Electronics, Moontribe - Trevor, Beatport Crew, Growling Mad Scientists, David Waxman - Ultra, Psalt, Mike Hiratzka, Tall Paul, Kazell, Lars Behrenroth, Danny Krivit, Simon Dunmore - Defected, Dimitri From Paris, Jesse Brooks, Naz, Tim Fuller, Juan Mejia, David Morales, , Shine, Karmacoda, Under, Emzy Collins, Lemongrass, Chris Zippel, Halou, Vibrasphere, and Curt Smith - Tears for Fears.

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