Marla Mase is a writer/performer/producer/singer/songwriter from New York City. She writes songs, plays, monologues, short stories, erotica, blogs, and poems. She is known for her gutsy, sexy, raw performance style and her intelligent lyrics…read more


new  album coming March 2016


(he spent his whole life praying for this exact moment and when it arrived he couldn’t handle it, he couldn’t handle the miracle….”A Fish Is Talking”)



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What they’re saying about “Half-Life”:

“The first great album of 2014…a masterpiece.”

“[Marla Mase] is a true artist.”

“Marla Mase is what would happen if Iggy Pop and Patti Smith had a daughter and raised her to lead the Henry Rollins Band.”

“Mase brings more to the table than just good music and songwriting abilities.  Mase is a movement all her own.”

“Somewhere in New York City, armed with lyrical dexterity and rugged charm is an artist known as Marla Mase….”

“I have not seen or heard someone as fearless since Liz Phair. [Mase] tells it like it is and leaves you powerless as she opens your mind to a few new suggestions… She put in her full force of effort and created [with Half-Life] a musingly little master piece.”

[Marla Mase’s] music is raw and even at times, aggressive, but it’s truth. Her music speaks the truth about humanity.”

There are musicians, there are multi-talented artists, and there are rebels with a cause.  New York native Marla Mase comfortably fits all three categories...then she hooked up with guitar maestro and genius producer Tomás Doncker, a fellow New Yorker, and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Half-Life] is a delight to listen to.”

“…even though the record is extremely provocative in material, it is still very much engaged in delivering something that is intrinsically entertaining…Providing a unique blend of cleverness, sincerity and sexuality, [Half Life backed by the soulful and funk-tastic Tomás Doncker Band] twangs, snaps and zaps from start to finish, showing just how to utilise a world of instrumentality to create an album that can resonate internationally.”

 “Mase bravely carries out her provocative, raw performance throughout the entire EP, as she effortlessly infuses her diverse songs and genres with intellectual lyrics… [and] enthralling instrumentals.”

“Half-Life is another fantastic offering [by Mase] , and if already a fan, it’s worth adding to your collection, or if a newcomer, it is a perfect introduction.“

 “The title track, [Half-Life]…has this cool and calming nature to it that is very reminiscent of Zero 7…”

“Raw, emotional, experimental, deeply personal but with just the right amount of humour to keep it light…the New York outspoken-word artist/performer/producer is as strong a force as it gets….”

“Marla Mase is an artist you will remember long after the first moment you see and hear her.”

“A diverse and an emotive look inwardly and outwardly at life’s struggles, emotions, and obstacles, the album is a fascinating insight into the world of its creator, a release which takes a serious investigation to its themes whilst having and providing its most magnetic quality, fun.” ringmaster

“Marla Mase may very well be this generations Lou Reed…Deeply personal and incredibly beautiful, [Marla Mase’s] new EP Half-Life is evidence of the power that her fans have always known she had. Marla gets what she wants to do and executes with a perfection that none of her peers can claim to have… Who knows what this mysterious modern rock genius will do next?”

“as each song ends, you can’t wait for the next tune to start playing.”

“….Marla is sheer musical genius.”

Upcoming GIGS:


June 12, 2014 – 8pm – The Cutting Room, New York, NY  – Marla Mase opening for NO WAVE PUNK/FUNK LEGEND James Chance – w/ True Groove All-Stars


March 27, 2014 – 10pm – Pyramid Club, New York, NY  Marla Mase w/Tomás Doncker Band

March 11, 2014  – 8pm  – The Cutting Room, New York NY  – True Groove All-Stars Show

March 5, 2014 @ 7pm – The Fillin’ Station, Nashville TN –  Marla Mase w/Tomás Doncker

Performing Writer Flyer Nashville

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March 6, 2014 @ 2pm — Tootsies, Nashville TN (with Tomás Doncker)  Tootsies Flyer

March 11 @ 8pm — True Groove All-Stars at The Cutting Room, NYC


March 27 @ 9pm – Marla Mase with The Tomás Doncker Band

at The Pyramid Club, NYC


Speak Deluxe

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more  Mase press…

“Ms. Mase all but sprang full-grown from the head of Zeus with her frighteningly brilliant debut, A Brief Night Out. [N.B. The opening track, “Things That Scare Me,” is among the greatest opening tracks of any debut rock album.]……she combines the raw emotion of Patti Smith, the spoken-song brilliance of Lou Reed, the musical eclecticism of Frank Zappa, and the fearless performance style of Iggy Pop. Indeed, Ms. Mase not only channels these and other influences beautifully, I would suggest that she could claim to be a legitimate heir to the mantles of all of these legends. Small wonder that I find myself nearly unequal to the task of reviewing her sophomore album.” Ian Alterman, (May 4, 2013)

It’s impossible to categorize Marla Mase as anything other than just simply, music.  Marla Mase is not afraid to stray from her comfort zone (although, it would appear every genre is within her comfort zone).  From Rock to Soft Rock to Rap Rock (think Beastie Boys) to Reggae to Folky to Poppy, Marla Mase will do it all and thoroughly impress you in the process….Marla Mase is Quality….Marla Mase is not normal.  And no, that is certainly not a bad thing.  In fact, that’s what makes Marla Mase so special.  You won’t hear a band on the radio switching genres – their record label would have a fit!  Marla Mase laughs in the face of standards and sets her own….Quite simply, Marla Mase is real.  Marla Mase is truth.  And quite honestly, I think that scares a lot of people.  They don’t want to hear the truth or reality because it can often be uncomfortable.  When you listen to Marla Mase, you’re going to have to pull your head out of the sand and see and think about things as they really are.  Marla’s not afraid to do it, and you shouldn’t be, either.  So turn the music up loud, spread it among all your friends, and tell everyone you meet about Marla Mase!”  (

“The genres covered throughout the course of [SPEAK DELUXE] take one on a journey across both a musical and physical map.  Mase never makes her presence lost as her fingerprints run all over this album. Whether it conjures up Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Fleetwood Mac or any of the other comparisons it may cause you to make, by the time you get to the next song, you will need a whole new comparison.” Brian Weidy,, July 3, 2013

“”There’s no one way to describe this passionate, and energetic album that says ‘screw you’ to the stereotypes of genres, so I guess you’ll just have to check her out to find out how amazing Marla Mase and her Speak Deluxe really is….. the message beneath the funk-filled, reggae tune of AnnaRexia is one of the most important songs I’ve ever laid my ears to.” Siobhan Chapman, (August 9, 2013)

“With her raw, punch-to-the-gut, spoken-word approach to performing, Marla Mase seems like 2013’s answer to the great Patti Smith….Mase experiments with elements of rock, punk, funk, and reggae in order to tackle the issues ravaging society today. Songs like the guitar-heavy “Piece of Peace,” debuted at the United Nations Global Peace Day 2012, and the ironically upbeat, reggae-rock anthem “AnnaRexia,” written for Mase’s “Love Your Ass” campaign, display the singer’s rebellious refusal to meet both musical and societal expectations.’ Stephanie Maida,, June 14, 2013

‘No matter the song, or message behind said song, Mase contains such a convincing believability within each moment of her vocals, it’s impossible to not be impressed.”Cody Conard, (Jun 04, 2013)

“Mase, a rising star and buzzed-about new figure within New York’s underground rock ‘n’ roll scene, isn’t the kind of female artist we’ve gotten used to hearing in the post-millennial music circuit. In an age where two of the biggest stars on the planet are female artists who take inspiration from classic singer/songwriter traditions (Taylor Swift, who borrows from ‘70s folk and pop, and Adele, who adds her soul and R&B records into the equation), Mase goes unapologetically in the other direction….her songs are dark, atmospheric, and gritty, and almost primal or elemental in execution. The songs on Speak are led by a voice that is harsh and rough around the edges, ornamented with loud guitars, and littered with shades of punk rock history. ” Craig Manning, (Jun 10, 2013)

‘The more Mase reveals.  The more mysterious she becomes.  It’s an act of female mysticism….when Marla …[performed] “Lioness” and “Things That Scare Me” ….  bared at her magnificence with the taut body and mane of hair, the glint in her eye, and the provocative closeness,  she electrified; the possibility of her jumping the barrier between art and rock and back is clear.” Iman Lababedi, (June 25, 2013)

“Marla Mase is truly a force to be reckoned with…..[SPEAK DELUXE] is a window into the mind of a true artist who happens to be too cool to be pretentious. In “Squirm,” Mase declares “I wanna shut this shit down” – suffice to say, Speak (Deluxe) does just that, so we can all have a seat now. – rishbhabhagl, (April 4, 2013)

“In the spirit of legends such as Patti Smith, David Byrne, Frank Zappa, and Iggy Pop, Marla’s music is epic.” — read more – Joshua Smotherman,

“Marla Mase is sitting on quite the powder keg with her new album “SPEAK Deluxe”, an offering brimming with passion, anger, pain, wisdom, and compassion. What was the last album you heard that you could honestly say that about? Embracing everything from rock and roll, punk and reggae to spoken word, electronic, and downtempo music, Marla Mase will appeal to fans of Patti Smith, Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, PJ Harvey and Ian Dury…….Marla Mase’s music and message is poised to spread in an industry starved for meaning.” — read more (March 6, 2013)

“This record ROCKS!  — read more Joe Wolfe-Mazares, (March 4, 2013)

” Confidently tramping through the combat boot worn path blazed by artists like Patti Smith and Karen Finley, New York based, envelope pushing artist Marla Mase’s [Speak Deluxe] is a hardcore romp through the ins and outs of life as an artist, mother, woman ……The record reaches it’s pinnacle on the punk infused “Squirm” in which Mase proclaims her desire to “shut the shit down” and “squirm like a worm” in the underground. Spoken like a true New York City poet – defiantly independent and unwilling to give a shit what anyone else thinks. Highly recommended if you have the heart.”  — read more  Jack, (March 3, 2013)

“…the genre experimentation on this record is positively mind-bending – Mase transitions from airy spoken-word monologues to a dirty Patti Smith-style rocker like “Piece of Peace” to a kind of cheeky yet still meaningful reggae tune like “AnnaRexia” with no difficulty. The difference here is that Mase truly feels like she belongs in each of these genres. She embraces each style she attacks with aplomb, and the result is truly rewarding.”  — read more Eric Garneau, (Feb. 25, 2013)

“Marla Mase Takes The World By Storm!”  read more  Trisha Pillay, (Feb. 24, 2013)

“Mase has the ability to write lyrics and create songs that open your mind. They will get you thinking. ….My favourite tracks on Speak are Queen of Imperfection, She Hooked Him Up, Divine Restlessness and Dance the Tango. Usually it’s easy to distinguish your favourite tracks on an album but this time round it was hard. Most of the tracks are outstanding due to the way they open your mind and make you think about the world and how we all live in it together.”– read more (Feb 23, 2013)

Marla Mase is a wanted woman. This multi-hyphenate force has spread her message and music worldwide…..Mase is no cookie cutter artist and her work is hard to pigeonhole. To experience Marla Mase is to experience the human condition – raw, real, and reactant.” — read more  Triston, (Feb. 22, 2013)

“This is one of those rare albums that truly defy categorisation, ignoring the limitations of genre and playing by its own rules.” —  read more  Dave Jennings, (Feb. 21, 2013)

Each track on SPEAK sets itself apart from the next, ranging from a reggae-inspired anti-anorexia anthem (“AnnaRexia”) to a post-modern inception of self via space, time, and the internet (“Blog”).  SPEAK Deluxe, features a versatile composition of percussion, vocals, guitars, and dance hall beats…..SPEAK initially presents itself as an album made by Frank Zappa inspired band fronted by a Patti Smith loving writer/vocalist.  It ends up being much more curious than that, however. The only thing that makes this album more curious than a Smith/Zappa cross pollination is the reggae percussion and rhythms, at times topped with bold (dare I say 80s) guitar solos.” — read more Angela Page, (Feb. 15, 2013)

“Marla’s music is a crystal bridge that links today to the days when Patti Smith and Chrissy Hynde prowled on stage….Each song on ‘Speak Deluxe’ is a whirlwind of harmony and reflection brought forth brilliantly by Marla & the Tomás Doncker Band.”  — -read more (Feb. 8, 2013)

“Vale la pena sumergirse en la interesante propuesta musical de Marla Mase, que transmite una urgencia por revalorar la comunicación humana en su estado más puro a través de tracks destacados como “Scream (reprise)”, “Lioness” y “AnnaRexia”.” … – read more – Pablo Escobar (Feb. 8, 2013)

“Marla Mase’s album release is yet another triumph for woman in music. It is angry, sad, beautiful and poetic. She proves, that there exists a rare breed of female artists who don’t have to have the image of a supermodel or sing unlimited keys of vibrato to gain listeners’ attention.” — read more  Rick Jamm,  (Feb. 4, 2013)

“Overall, there are very few albums on the market that will compare to SPEAK DELUXE;  offering a break from what has become a comfort zone for many.  Anything but commercial, Marla Mase is surely an artist we will see more of in the years to come, and I doubt that we’ll be disappointed by what she releases. I’d absolutely recommend that music fans give Marla’s new release a listen with an open mind. You’ll be glad you did.” –read more   – Shaine Freeman (Feb. 4, 2013)

“Marla Mase has an army of loyal and musically erudite cronies behind her provocative and uncanny delivery….what makes Speak experimental is the vocal style of the head lady…. Many of her songs portray the native New Yorker as a philanthropic campaigner for many causes but predominantly the imperfections of humanity..and Marla does it in her own unique way..” –read more  – Daniel Davidson-Amadi,  (Feb. 3, 2013)

‘Whether singing or speaking, rhyming or fiddling with free verse, Marla’s voice will grip you tight. She dances on the balance beam between music and poetry. Not once does she falter.” — read more – Caitlin Hoffman,

“Marla Mase is a complicated artist; one with the ability to go from the war cry-like call for peace of “Piece of Peace,” to something much more seemingly mundane, such as the common act of purchasing a new phone on “New Cell Phone.” Her sound can be rock & roll one moment, and spoken word put to music the next. Whatever guise Mase’s art takes, it’s never less than compelling. ” –read more   – Dan Macintosh, (Feb 02, 2013)

Speak Deluxe” is the work of a complicated artist, but one who is very human and easy to relate to. Listening to Marla Mase somehow makes me slightly disappointed in other artists currently producing new material, not so much for the musical chops, but the lyrical responsibility and potential. She’s a wordsmith and a communicator, and this is where she excels. “Speak Deluxe” is not for mainstream music listeners. It’s for serious music listeners.” –read more    – Rocklives, (Feb 1, 2013)

“Marla Mase is an interesting funk/punk/experimental artist whose music often defies words. It is at once complex and easily digestible, heavy and light, dark and beautiful.” –read more   – Matt Baggins, Two Guys Metal Reviews (Jan 24, 2013)

“It’s been a while. But I’m really happy to be able to say “and now for something completely different” and mean it. Marla Mase is one totally talented young lady, prepare to be blown away. ”  –read more   – Barrie Moore, Bearly Rambling (Jan 23, 2013)

“One listen to Marla Mase and you’ll be beckoned into her world of provocative lyric poems that are impactful and insightful. Her album, Speak Deluxe, is full of sounds that mirror the likes of Patti Smith and Frank Zappa, while allowing Marla to maintain a unique and distinctive representation all on her own.” –read more  – Kyle Jarmon, (Jan 17, 2013)

‘The inclusion of such diverse genres in [Mase’s] music shows that this artist flocks towards any form of music that allows her poetic spirit to thrive. At a time when the mainstream music business has become so obsessed with genres and labels, it is refreshing to see an artist who is willing to take a more daring approach in music and say what is on her mind and heart. ‘ – read more –

‘Marla Mase’s album Speak Deluxe is more than just an album, but a fine specimen of human expression and artistic value.’ –read more –

‘Marla does not cater to refined tastes…..she is an explosive, no-holds-barred firebrand who is not afraid to shock.” –read more  – Jordan on, Popbucket (Jan 18, 2013)

(Marla Mase Live) – “Piece of Peace”

‘Marla Mase is a Modern Day Rock Poet…’ – James Moore, Skope Magazine

‘Marla Mase is a Lyrical Messenger for the Masses’ – Cyrus Webb, Conversations Live


Marla Mase ‘effortlessly fuses the genres of rock, punk, spoken word and soul, creating a genre of her own.’ – Sarah Betts,

“RT @nine_oh: My shrink said #following @marlamase Is causing me not to focus. Said watching her videos is consuming me. See 4 urself”

“Marla Mase’s Performance and Persona are seared in my mind forever. As one who shares her passion for human kindness and kindness to other living beings I was moved by the power of her message- the music, lyrics and the sheer primal energy of her movements on stage. I was also transfixed by Marla’s raw sensuality that by contrast made such performers as Madonna and Lady Gaga appear to have the sex appeal of a Mother Teresa. Yet somehow her message in a very different medium managed to evoke some of the same idealistic yearnings of the renowned daughter of Calcutta .” (UN delegate after seeing Mase perform in China)

Marla Mase sings as though your life depends on it.  Her passion-filled performances meld a velvety lyrical style with an in-your-face edginess that hijacks your attention from start to finish.  Resistance is futile.” ~~ Elisa Brown (soprano, recording artist, healer)

Check out shows page for a full list of  upcoming gigs –


‘peace passion imperfection’