Mason Proper

Mason Proper


A sample-laced hybrid of dark-humored indie rock and hip hop production tricks.


Celebrated black sheep of Michigan's music scene? To be honest, this bio is being written by a band member currently unwilling to pretend it's being written by someone else, so I'll stick to the facts:

We are influenced by Four Tet, Spoon, Radiohead, TV on the Radio, Caribou, J Dilla, DJ Shadow, Blur/Gorillaz, Blonde Redhead, Boards of Canada, etc. Our style is marked these days by a dark sense of humor, a minimalism of arrangement, and tight drum and bass (not drum n' bass) grooves.

We've done all kinds of stuff:
Performed live on 3 times, and also on the stage at the Monolith Festival at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, with Spoon, the Flaming Lips, and the Decemberists headlining.

Performed live on KEXP, and invited to play their listener appreciation party in Chicago, received airplay on the station, and were invited to create the theme song for one of their shows.

Played sold-out showcases at the CMJ festival, three years in a row.

Played SXSW 2008.

Performed live sessions for Daytrotter, My Old Kentucky Blog on Sirius Radio, and Hear Ya.'s "Band of the Day."

A top 10 seller on for three weeks in a row with "Olly Oxen Free," in addition to being an Insound Staff Pick.

"Lock and Key" voted MTV2 Subterranean's #3 music video of the year.

Been in rotation on MTVU for four weeks in a row for our music video "Lock and Key."

Performed live on MTV Canada.

Reviewed on Pitchfork Media, given a 6.9 for their second album Olly Oxen Free, and compared to the likes of Radiohead and TV on the Radio.

Produced critically-acclaimed sophomore album alongside Chris Coady (TV on the Radio, Blonde Redhead, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs).

Published through Domino Publishing, the publishing department of Domino Records.

Invited by Coke Machine Glow to do a submission for their yearly "Fantasy Covers Podcast," in which they combined Kanye West's "Love Lockdown" with LCD Soundsystem's "Get Innocuous."

Toured with Ra Ra Riot, Cloud Cult, Mobius Band, and Via Audio.


There is a Moth in Your Chest LP, Dovecote Records 2007, #48 CMJ Charts, XM and blog play all over.

Shorthand EP, Dovecote Records, 2008.

Olly Oxen Free LP, Dovecote Records, 2008.

Please see our myspace page for a host of up to date concert listings, videos, photographs, songs, etc.

Set List

We usually play our latest album, Olly Oxen Free, start to finish.

Sets are usually 40 minutes.