Nick Mason Names Pink Floyd’s Real Leader

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason recently did an interview with ABC Radio Melbourne where he spoke about the earlier days of the band. He shared the first real leader of the band that shaped the later works that followed. Mason said:

“Well, I think it went through a couple of stages. The first year or so was the Syd Barrett era. It involved Syd’s songs and he was absolutely the band leader but then it began to change. Syd went and David [Gilmour] and Roger [Waters] were there and Roger really started writing.”

Nick pointed out that even though Syd left the band, he had laid the groundwork for their biggest hits that came right after. He added:

“I mean I think that maybe one of the interesting things about the earlier music is how it relates to the later because of all the ideas for ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ and so on. So many of them were contained in the early work.”

Recently a new documentary called ‘Have You Got It Yet? The Story of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd’ got released, which tells the story of the first frontman’s life and journey within Pink Floyd. Here’s what Nick said about Syd:

“You know you couldn’t over emphasize his importance, because he was, he was that, the creative genius.”

David also gave an interview for the documentary where he reflected on what he could have done differently about Syd’s truggles with psychedelic substances. The singer said:

“We probably did about as much as we could have… But I have a regret or two. I never went to see him… and I regret that I never went up to his house and knocked on the door. I think both Syd and I might have gained something out of one or two people popping ’round to his house for a cup of tea.”

You can listen to Nick Mason’s interview with ABC Radio Melbourne here and listen to ‘Wish You Were Here’ as well as ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ below.