David Lawrence “Dave” Mason (born ca. 1954) is an Australian singer-songwriter and record producer originally from Dubbo. He is the founding mainstay of indie pop, rock group, The Reels. For the group Mason wrote and sang their hit singles, “Love Will Find a Way” (October 1979), “Prefab Heart” (1980), “After the News” (July 1980) and “Shout and Deliver” (March 1981).
He also wrote “Quasimodo’s Dream”, which was a non-charting single from May 1981. However, in May 2001 it was listed by Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) at No. 10 of their Top 30 Australian songs of all time.
In late 1983, Mason was forced to give up performing after contracting hepatitis, which put The Reels into hiatus.Upon his recovery in August 1985, the group reconvened and continued until disbanding in 1992. From about 1995 to 1997, Mason spent three years confined to his bedroom and was subsequently diagnosed with major depression. As part of his ongoing treatment, he was encouraged by his psychiatrist to return to performing and recording music.