The Despair Collective is an international, multi-genre group of musicians who seek to combine electronic and synth music with more traditional genres, like rock and pop. 


Dana Fogle

Producer, music, lyrics, select bass

The Despair Collective is the brainchild of Western New York bassist, songwriter, and producer Dana Fogle. Dana has largely played with traditional rock bands throughout his career, and was primarily known for his time with several bands in the Buffalo and Rochester, New York regions. 

Dana notes how The Despair Collective lets him mix-and-match the best musicians he can find, and that by “doing this project as a ‘collective’ [it] gives me so many options for playing with different styles, genres, and colors within the songs, and [we] can even change things up song-to-song. The Despair Collective gives me so much to play around with musically!” 


The Despair Collective releases it’s debut single, “Your Say”, on April 16, 2021. 

Nick Mason

Drums, Percussion

Nicholas Mason, the “Living Dead Drummer”, is one of the most in-demand session and touring drummers today. He has performed on countless albums, singles and movie soundtracks, appeared in several music videos, mainstream movies and television, orchestrated drum clinics, and even co-hosted an international music TV program. While at the same time making regular appearances in percussion trade magazines such as DRUM! & Modern Drummer, and contributing to trade show seminars on Endorsement Programs as well as written articles for Music Connection Magazine.

His credits include live and studio performances with Street Drum Corps, V2A, DK-Zero, Michael Grant, The Rhythm Coffin, Beasto Blanco, Orianthi, TUFF, Daisy DeLaHoya, Shania Twain, Nik West, and many more. Nick has appeared in big-budget films such as Bill & Ted: Face The Music, DeadAnt, and has performed on MasterChef, Cartoon Network, Showtime, FOX, ABC, as well as corporate work with NIKE, VANS, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Google, and Sony Pictures, as well as composed music for the NY Film Academy. He also currently holds a healthy teaching practice in Southern California, with 40+ private students per week, and is a Show Director for School Of Rock, a performance based music school with multiple franchise locations around the world.

The Living Dead Drummer officially endorses Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Aquarian Drumheads, Regal Tip Drumsticks, Coffin Case, Cympad, Cool Claws, & Zombie Killer Clothing.