Australian indie songwriter on her new album & the ambition to never stop
Australian singer-songwriter Meg Mac has a voice that stops people in their tracks. Gary Clarke Jr. commented, “I heard this voice. I was like “I gotta go check this out.” I was blown away by how powerful her voice was and how cool she was. It blew my mind. She’s amazing.” when the two shared a stage in New York, as part of the singers tour of the USA.
In 2014 Mac was named as Triple J’s Unearthed artist of the year. The station spearheaded her trajectory Worldwide playing multiple tracks from her highly acclaimed debut EP, featuring ‘Roll up your sleeves’ which was also play listed on radio stations across America and featured in the US TV series ‘Girls’ and ‘Grace and Frankie’. In 2016 she was named as one of Triple J’s Top 5 ‘Unearthed Discoveries’ of the last decade.
With a new track, “Low Blows” leading the way for a new album by the same name, Meg Mac is set once again to take to the airwaves with vengeance. ARTISTdirect caught up with Meg to speak about her new album, her approach to craft. Here’s what she said…
Where are you right now?
At home in Melbourne, Australia
Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
My debut album was made in Fort Worth Texas with Niles City Sound.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
I play piano and I sing, I write my songs like that and then bring them to life with my band.
Other than your music, what should your hometown be known for?
Melbourne is a cool city, it is best known in Australia for most things that are worth being known for.
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
I didn’t know how much I loved music until I started making up my own music and writing songs.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
Don’t try too hard
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
What song best sums up your life right now?
Pleasure by Feist
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
When people are singing with me at a show definitely
Take a moment to dream – Where do hope to be a year from now?
Doing exactly what I’m doing now, I don’t wanna stop.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
Touring my album.