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Jan 10, 2014 1:36PM

Interview: Undressing Mac DeMarco

Shot by Gavriel Maynard.

Mac DeMarco is the 23-year-old Canadian rascal who's worshipped as a God by thousands of kids around the world. He's already brought out two acclaimed albums (with a third coming out this year) and received the kind of online buzz that most musicians dream of. He also recently made us a 'YouTube Fetish Videos' themed playlist, played Meredith Music Festival and toured nationally to sell-out crowds. Now, he gets naked. 

Jerico Mandybur: Seems like you've been touring forever; are you sick of it?
Mac DeMarco: Not really, we've been going to a lot of strange new places lately, so it's felt really fresh. I don't think I'll ever get tired of playing to new kids either.
 
What's the most interesting thing to happen to you on tour?
Don't ever drink the water..
 
Can you tell us about your next album, Eddie's Dream?
I've done it and it's coming out in the spring. That's pretty much all I can say, or else my label and management will kill me.
 
 
What bands inspired you to get into songwriting? Who was on your bedroom wall growing up?
I always loved early pop bands, like The Beatles and The Kinks. Their songs made me want to play music, but I think what really made me feel like I could just go out and do it were bands like the Gories or Beat Happening. Those bands could barely play their instruments, but it just doesn't really matter — they still whipped ass.
 
If you could have written any song in the world, what song would you like to be credited for?
'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' by Elton John.
 
Did you ever think you'd make it this far in music? How surreal have the last few years been?
I'm not sure, I guess I always wanted to play for as many people as possible and to have as many people hear my music as possible, but things have happened pretty quickly. It's pretty surreal, pretty weird, but I think it's also a good thing…as long as you don't turn into a weirdo. 
 
 
Do you ever get stressed out by it all or do you just think "fuck it" and do what you want?
Yeah, it's extremely stressful. There's no security in anything I'm doing. And there's a lot of expectation for me to be a certain way. Alcoholism is a big help though, so yeah, fuck it.
 
How was Meredith?! 
I'm surprised I'm still alive. I think it's my favourite festival we've been to yet, it was really amazing.
 
What do you think of Australia? Similarities to Canada? Did you bring your GF out here with you?
It feels a lot like Canada, even more than The States. It was pretty cool coming here after being in Asia — I feel right at home, sort of. I didn't bring my girlfriend out, she passed away a few months ago. 
 
 
Any Australian bands you rate highly?
The Twerps, Scot Dracula, UV Race, Homeshake. 
 
Can you explain the term 'jizz jazz' for us?
"Hi Tony, does blood still flow to the tip of your pipe?"
 
What drives you to make music? If you weren't allowed to make music, what would you do?
I tried it, I liked it, I never thought I'd make any money off of it. If for some reason I had to stop I'd probably move back to Alberta, become a carpenter and start smoking jib.