While millions of people are the world are forced to remain home amid strict social distancing measures, we’re exploring the Far Out archives to find our musical fix. Here, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason reveals how a chance meeting in a car with Roger Waters and Richard Wright brought the band together.
The band, famously founded by Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright and Mason himself, became one of the first British psychedelia groups and, ultimately, one of the best-selling bands of all time.
While the band undoubtedly went on to receive unparalleled success, things could have quite easily turned out very differently if drummer Mason wasn’t able to drive. While appearing on Brian Johnson’s Life On The Road, a television series with AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, Mason explained that his ability to drive led to the early relationships with his future bandmates
“Regent Street Polytechnic—that’s where I met Roger Waters and Rick Wright. We were all training to be architects. It was architecture’s loss when the music took off… or not,” Mason said.
He added: “We sort of met because Roger knew that I had a car—I’m not sure he knew what the car was because actually it was an Austin 7 Chummy with a top speed of 20mph and had no brakes.
“But when he asked if I might lend it to him, I said, ‘No,’ but he also tried to get a cigarette off Rick and famously Rick went, ‘No,’ which sort of set the pattern really for the next 50 years.”
Mason continued: “It was an important moment because if it hadn’t been for that, we might not be sitting here now.”
Pink Floyd would famously go on to be the pioneers of a new rock and roll sub genre, paving the way for countless other bands to follow in their footsteps. The band’s experimentation across their 15 studio albums is nothing short of extraordinary, cementing their place as one of the most influential bands in popular music history.
See the interview with Mason, below.