- Words Notion Staff
Manchester’s own Mason Collective discuss their musical firsts, from their earliest show at Sankeys to being starstruck supporting The Martinez Brothers.
With energy and style in full flow, Mason Collective are the trio who’ve been repping Manc club culture for over a decade. They’re the founders of club night, MVSON, a home for lovers of UK rave culture and an ode to the city’s club origins. Blair Suarez, Adam Myles, and Omar Guedar, the three DJs that make up Mason Collective, have spent the past ten years perfecting their label, all the while working on their own careers.
Inclusivity is at the heart of their parties. For years, door policies at some of Manchester’s clubs meant many music lovers were turned away. Having experienced this denial first-hand, the trio set about opening up their party to anyone who wanted to join them. All three the offspring of first and second-generation immigrants, it became of peak importance to represent the cultural makeup of Manchester and the rave scene. They tap into the all-accepting roots of house music, bringing a dynamism other club nights could only dream of. With self-expression running free, and energy in spades, MVSON’s become one of the city’s most-attended events.
Known for its conceptual nature, the event’s vibe is dictated by a different theme each time, with Miami Vice and Caribbean style in the archive. And, just as crucial to the night’s uninhibited energy is the location. Blair, Adam, and Omar scout out the freshest locations for their MVSON nights, from Warehouse Project to Werkhaus. They’re soon to take to City Airport for MVSON World, which brings together the likes of Fleur Shore and Luuk Van Dijk on the 15th of July (and which you can find tickets for here).
We catch up with Mason Collective, discussing ten of their musical firsts, from their earliest performance together to the first album they bought.