‘Recovery’ is the debut single from one of Australia’s most promising new artists, Mason Watts. What you see is what you get with this 20 year old – passionate, talented and extremely driven – with a splash of cheeky confidence reflected in his combination of youth and experience.
Mason co-wrote this emotional love song with multi-Platinum producer Edd Holloway. Edd’s worldwide success includes producing Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’ which is on track to become the UK’s fastest selling album of 2019, and multi ARIA nominee Dean Lewis producing his Number 1 single/ seven times Platinum ‘Be Alright’ and ‘Waves’.
So how does a young Australian musician like Mason Watts end up writing with one of the biggest songwriters in the world? It’s a case of sheer talent and will to succeed as Mason sent his demos to Edd’s Manager and within a few months Mason was on a plane to the UK to record with Edd Holloway.
Edd Holloway says, “I first worked with Mason after hearing a demo he’d written back home in Australia and his voice immediately stuck out to me. There was some rawness in his performance that I loved, and I was excited for us to write something that would really show off his tone. ‘Recovery’ was written and recorded very quickly and that was down to Masons writing ability and musicianship. I love the rise and fall the arrangement has because it really emphasises the emotion in Masons vocal performance. I’d love to work with him again in the future.”
Speaking about ‘Recovery’ Mason says today, “Recovery came about following a real low point in my personal life. I took a relationship for granted without realising it, until it was too late. I think the song really reflects this idea as well as my desperation and hope for a second chance.”
From a young age, Mason’s time was spent in his bedroom belting out tunes from some of his biggest influences such as James Bay, Vance Joy and Matt Corby. Mason pulled apart vocal melodies, played around with chords on his guitar and then performed these when busking on the street or at his cover shows.
School during the week, then gigs all weekend long. This was the way of the world for this talented school boy growing up. “I was the kid playing in local pubs at fourteen. I took on all the work I could manage so I could get my name out there. My early days were mainly cover gigs, but that never stopped me from sneaking in a few of my own original tunes,” he laughs.
At an early age, Mason began to experiment with song writing and recording at home. “I very quickly became obsessed with song writing. The idea of being able to express the way I felt, through a song. Then being able to share that with people. Seeing them connect with something I created, that’s what really made me fall in love with making music.”
Mason’s heart wrenching vocal on ‘Recovery’, paired with the tune’s “anthemic” melody is sure to break some hearts and maybe even win one back.