Patrick Mason (he/him/P.O.C.) epitomises the energy of Berlin’s New Underground: energised, engaged and unmissable. Born cutting shapes on the dance floor at Berghain, graduating to ripping the roof off Panorama Bar with SRVD Patrick is now burning up clubs from Kiev to Paris, leaving clubbers wowed in his wake. Whether tearing up parties at ADE, Mondo, Porzellan Bar, Pornceptual or Pride with his hybrid sets of techno and house (as seen on Hör and U.W.S.over the last lockdown) Patrick Mason has designs on your feet, your nights and the future of clubbing.
Born to a blonde and green-eyed Bavarian mother and African American GI father in a conservative corner of Bavaria, Patrick has spent much of his life subverting perceptions of black masculinity, much like his musical coevals Yves Tumour, Mykki Blanco and Serpentwithfeet. Patrick’s personal style is rapidly mutating, as can be seen in last year’s ‘Black on Black’, a techno-gothic-hybrid short-film directed by Sergei Rostropovich (Elliot Sumner, Red Axes); the twisted, vac-bed isolation of the film now seems like a nightmare premonition of life during lockdown.
Patrick is also becoming a bona fide fashion icon and he’s not just a pretty face having collaborated on projects with a growing number of partners. In 2020 Patrick became the first out-of-house creative designer given complete control at Ray Ban, where he reinvented their State Street frame, designed the unique case (the frames and their Alien-inspired ‘purse’ sold out in Dover Street Market week one), overhauled the marketing and took the super-brand into the luxury segment of the market for the first time. When he’s not flexing his design muscles Patrick is making genre-splintering music, most recently with Konrad Black and Zach Witness: expect more mind-blowing releases from him, under a number of aliases, in 2022.