In today’s blog post of my interview series, I’ll be interviewing the young, talented singer and songwriter katie MAC. A beautiful female artist from Kansas but based in Nashville, US, where she also has studied songwriting at Belmont University. Katie MAC started her music career not long ago in October 2017 with her debut single Nice Guys, an electro-pop track, in which she sings about her trust issue she has for nice boys since they all turn out to be players in the end. After releasing a couple of singles, Katie delivered her debut album Tear Like Glitter in the summer of 2019. Katie MAC is definitely not taking a break; therefore she recently has released her EP Self Sabotage on October 2nd.
Since her debut, Katie has built a strong fan base on streaming platforms, especially on Spotify where she counts over 1 million streams. Katie brings the electro-pop tune in its finest form with relatable lyrics and dance beats to her listeners. I listened to katie MAC’s entire discography and these are the songs I liked the most: Nice Guys, Till It Hurts, Worried About Me, Heartless, Stars in Our Eyes, Like Glitter and Self Sabotage. Katie MAC has also done some live shows in Nashville and gained a lot of stage experience and an organic fan base. In this interview, we will chat about her musical background, 2020 lifestyle, and new music. So let’s start.
Dear katie MAC welcome on erenblogs – Today’s Pop Music. I’m glad to have this opportunity to ask you some questions. Thank you for joining the interview series on my blog.
1. First, let’s get to know you better. How would you describe yourself in 5 and your music in 3 words?
For me, my music and I are the same. Some words I’d use to describe myself and my music would be relatable, personal, catchy, and a little bit chaotic.
2. Could you also tell us what’s the idea behind your stage name katie MAC, especially the MAC part, please?
Yeah! So my stage name was actually my childhood nickname. MAC comes from my middle name, McCrea.
3. What kind of music did you grow up with and which artists inspired you as a teenager?
I grew up listening to a wide variety since my parents had a very different taste. My dad was really into the grateful dead, and my mom gravitated more towards top 40 pop. I would say I was first inspired by Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, and then as I got older, I got really into Taylor Swift and all things Top 40.
4. Please name the first album you bought with your own money and the first concert you went on!
Gosh, I have no idea what the first album would have been. It was definitely on iTunes though. My first concert was Kelly Clarkson.
5. How would you end the sentence: In school I was ……?
I would say in school I was well-liked, but not exactly popular. Medium cool if you will.
6. I’d say 2020 has been a horrible crazy year for the entire world due to the pandemic. How did you spent/are spending your quarantine days?
Definitely. I have been really homing in on my songwriting and learning to produce. I’ve kept very busy creating new music.
7. I’m interested in a typical quarantine day of yours, did you come up with new habits? In my case, I was definitely eating more than usual and working out less, shame on me!
I’ve been getting really into walking, which sounds pretty boring but has actually been really therapeutic for me!
8. What did you miss the most during the quarantine?
9. What is one thing you’ve learned about yourself while being isolated from the outside world?
I’ve learned that I can be much more self-sufficient than I originally thought! I’ve been learning to produce, taking care of all my own admin, and writing a lot on my own!
10. I wonder if there was a person, who made your quarantine days better? If yes, please tell us why!
Definitely my roommate, Avolon. She’s the best.
11. How did you start singing and writing music? Did your parents support your passion?
I honestly don’t remember a time before I was singing. According to my parents, as soon as I could talk, I could sing. They definitely didn’t expect that I would actually turn it into a career, but they’re supportive now.
12. To which current major stars are u looking up to and why?
Definitely. There are so many badass females pushing the envelope right now and I love it. I’m loving the new stuff from Ariana Grande, Astrid S, Doja Cat, and more!
13. Who are your dream collaborations, it can be any singer, songwriter, and producer?
There are plenty of amazing writers I’d love to work with, but I think some of my biggest collab dreams would be Taylor Swift or Ryan Tedder.
14. Your EP Self Sabotage came out three weeks ago. How scary was it to release a project like this during a pandemic and how has been the feedback so far? What were your expectations?
It actually wasn’t scary at all. The only change was that there would be no shows to accompany the album, which definitely sucks, but I’ve always been really big on online marketing. The response has been really heart-warming and I love hearing that people relate to the songs.
15. Your latest single Self Sabotage is definitely my favorite song of your discography. I love the vibes, your vocals and the production. What’s the message behind this song?
Thank you! For me, this song was definitely an introspective moment. The story is very personal, but I think many people can relate to the feeling that they’re self-sabotaging the things that are good for them.
16. Your song Worried About Me is so relatable in general but especially this year. I think we all had our ups and many downs in 2020 since we had to adapt ourselves to new circumstances. The supportive voice notes by your family and friends in the intro are so adorable. So what’s the story behind this electro-pop track?
Definitely! Those voicemails are actually real voicemails left by my friends and family. This song started when I went to write with two of my best friends, Danny and Will and I just brought in the concept. Will started a track and the song came pretty easy.
17. You did also some live shows before the pandemic, so what do you enjoy the most about being on stage? Do you get excited before?
I miss the feeling of connecting with people so much. My favorite part is definitely to see people experiencing music in person. I used to get nervous, but I don’t anymore! I’m definitely more excited.
Now it’s time for this or that!
Pizza or Sushi? Pizza, duh.
Spotify or Netflix? I would definitely pick Spotify; I use it way more.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Post Malone or Drake? I have a huge crush on both of them so.
Kansas or Nashville? Nashville, but I love my hometown!
18. Movember is almost over and last year you covered Fall Apart by Post Malone to raise awareness for men’s mental health and donated all the profits to Movember charity. Why did you pick Fall Apart by Post Malone to cover? What does the song mean to you? I also saw that you share some covers every now and then with your followers on your socials. I can say that I enjoyed listening to all of them.
Yeah! We partnered with a label out of the UK that was trying to raise awareness and money, and I was super on board with everything they were working for. I think the song is a super vulnerable story and the music fits it so well.
19. I know it’s a bad year but let’s focus on the positive things. What was your highlight of 2020 so far? Every little reason to celebrate is enough, right?
Definitely the release of the Self Sabotage EP! I’m so happy it’s out in the world.
20. What are you most excited about to happen in 2021? what can you tell us about new projects, you’re working on right now?
I will say that there will be plenty of music in 2021 including collaborations and new solo tracks that I’m very excited about!
Thank you, katie MAC, so much for taking the time to answer my questions. I wish you the best for your musical career and I’m excited to hear more from you.
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