Melbourne singer Meg Mac is one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne this NYE. She has a huge voice, huge tracks and a huge future ahead of her.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
I have been singing for a long time and like most people, I learned to sing by copying and trying to sound like other singers. I didn't work out my own thing really until I started writing, with no reference for my unsung songs I was forced to create a sound. But you can definitely hear all my influences I think and I love that they're always changing and so is my voice and writing. Growing up I listened to lots of soul thanks to my Dad, my Mum sings Irish folk songs and I was obsessed with pop of course. I like big voices and a bit of that drama - the ones that sing because they have to or they would die sort of thing, like Edith Piaf.
You’re the Victorian winner of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne at the end of the year. What can Falls punters expect from the Meg Mac live show?
I will be playing on New Years Eve and I am going to sing my little heart out. I play with two boys, a drummer and keys player and my little sister sings backing for me, it's pretty cute and she sounds just like me. Expect some electronic elements, big piano sounds, hand claps and lots of singing by me. We have new songs which we are going to play and help everyone get ready for the big day of music ahead and hopefully Meg Mac can help people feel ready to take on the new year.
What are you most looking forward to about the festival?
This is my favourite thing to happen to me all year and I still read the lineup every day just to give me that special feeling. Apart from actually playing, which is what I am definitely most looking forward to, it is all of the other bands and artists that are playing. Getting to watch all of their sets and then just the whole festival vibe, the camping, the photos, the people, the bands, the NYE thing - it is just guaranteed good times. And Solange.
What’s your earliest memory of performing music? How old were you?
I first started proper singing (singing lessons etc) when I was nine and once I discovered that I had a big voice, I could not get enough of Vanessa Amorosi…please don't judge me. 'Absolutely Everybody' was my favourite.
What else is coming up for you in 2013 and then looking into 2014?
I've got a few gigs coming up before the big Falls, that's what I call it now. On the 29th November I am supporting Georgia Fair at Howler in Melbourne. My 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty good year so far, it looks like my first album will be on its way! And I am looking forward to more stuff happening to me, and some more songs to happen to me too.
Australian music is…?
A lot of the time I will listen to music and not know/care where it comes from, but it is pretty awesome when I know something is Australian and suddenly I feel a little bit proud? It is weird, like I am suddenly connected to the music because the artist is Aussie just like me and my dreams become a little more achievable.View Profile Hide Interview
We named her as one of our artists to watch in 2018 and now, she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. Meet Sydney artist JEFFE.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I was really fortunate when it came to developing my sound. My publishers put me into a bunch of sessions with different producers so I had the chance to write a lot of different styles of music, but nothing quite fit the direction to take. I met Dave very organically without any pressures of having to write the perfect song. We just immediately clicked and our musical connection works so perfectly for both of us.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It sounds really cheesy but I've gotta say hurt and hard times have gotta be the best source. Music is like therapy to me so when I've got to deal with something difficult, writing music is the best outlet. It inspires me to write happy and sad songs. Also, listening to artists like Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley who really know how to put their stories down in song really inspires me to do the same.
What can punters expect from a JEFFE live show?
For the time being it's just me, my guitar, keyboard and sample pad. I've been working on my dance moves a bit too! I try to bring as many elements as possible into my set. I'm actually in the process of trying to incorporate saxophone into the set as well. But hopefully, it won't be long until I can afford a band!
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
It does get thrown around a lot but the saying "stay true to yourself" really does go a long way. I can't really pinpoint exactly who has said that to me, it's been a few people along the way, but it's definitely something I always keep tucked away in the back of my mind. If something doesn't feel right you've really got to question it because it's really bloody easy to be led astray these days.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Definitely "It's Nice To Be Alive" by Ball Park Music. A very upbeat, fun song and it immediately puts you in a good mood!
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
It's funny, I listen to so much sad music but I'm struggling to think of one!! There is a song that makes me cry... it's a song by Jack Carty called Travelling Shoes. It tells a beautiful story of lost love, you hold on to every word throughout the song and by the end of it you hit the punch line and it's just heartbreaking!
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Oooo, that's a tough one! I'd probably play 'High' by Peking Duk Ft. Nicole Millar... it's groovy, sexy, and fun. The kind of song where you can have groups of mates going for it on the D-Floor but then the loved-up kids making out in the corner. But there are so many fun Aus artists that I'd want to play!
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Well, I've just started a tour with No Mono so the most recent was the first show in Brisbane. It was ahhhhmazing! Eliott played after me and she is just incredible! Her voice is like velvet and her songs are so heartfelt. No Mono were absolutely insane. Tom has the most uniquely beautiful voice and the crowd had such a good vibe. I'm so stoked to be touring with such talented artists!
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I'm really loving Angie Mcmahon, her songwriting is great and she's got such a deep and soulful voice. I really like Mallrat as well, she's got a really interesting way with words and just an all-round cool vibe.
What are your plans for 2018?
For now, I'll be on this tour with No Mono... once that is done I'll be heading back over to the UK for a couple of shows then back to Aus in December for another potential tour which is currently in the works (more info on that will come out later).View Profile Hide Interview