In the vein of Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, Erick Macek is back with his overly catchy and infectious, upbeat new single “Miss Everybody’s Business” and we are pleased to bring you the exclusive first listen.
Sharing the stage with many well known acts like Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw and the Beach Boys, has given Erick Macek the opportunity to learn what it takes to make it in the music industry.
Macek, who goes by his last name from his sports days, is no stranger to the national stage having appeared on NBC’s The Voice in addition to having his music featured in film and television shows such as 90210, Melrose Place, and Life Unexpected.
Originally from Pennsylvania, his shows resonate with audiences internationally with his motivational optimism, humor and stage presence. Throughout his young music career, Macek has been named Los Angeles Music Awards’ “Best Male Vocalist of the Year, and is a recent Hollywood Music and Media Awards Winner for his song, “Love.”
For Macek, music is an honest and soulful approach to the unending expressions of daily life. “I create, love, fail, learn, and love again.” This sentiment, along with Macek’s live performances caught the attention of Grammy Award winning producer, Mikal Blue (Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat) who has recorded many of Macek’s tracks.
In addition, Erick sit down with us to discuss the new single and more!
Hi Erick, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Appreciate the welcome! I’ve been great on the staying busy part, bad on the staying healthy part. I have a fracture in my wrist. Big downer L
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Miss Everybody’s Business“?
We are super excited to be releasing this single. Miss Everybody’s Business has always been one of our most popular, if not the most popular live songs we perform. It has a section in the song where I rap, and it catches people off guard, coming from a singer-songwriter. I decided to write a brand new rap, and re-record the song to capture the live feel of our shows.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yea, an ex! (haha) In all honesty though, it’s kind of true. This song is all about being in a relationship, but having friends, family and strangers all share stories on your significant other. We all have had people skew a story, or make up stories, or even embellish a situation that causes unnecessary drama. This song is a tongue-and-cheek play off those situations.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Definitely have plans to release a video along with the single. In talks now of either creating a story board, or going with the simple notion of performing this live and capturing the fun and energy that we feel every time we perform this song.
How was the recording and writing process?
Recording this song was a bit different. Usually, we are bringing new ideas to the table and finding creative ways of having the song come together. This time around, we have a song that we’ve been performing for years. This kind of situation is a bit more sensitive because your fans know the song. Our goal here was to give an existing song a fresh new feel.
What’s been like to work with Mikal Blue and how did that relationship develop?
Mikal and I have a very fluid and creative rapport with each other. He pushes my band mates and me out of our comfort zone without being intrusive.
Mikal and I connected instantly after he saw me perform a show. He came to support me at a few more shows, and shortly after we decided to work on my EP together. I have been fortunate to work with him, and hope to continue the relationship on future projects.
What role does Pennsylvania plays in your writing?
Pennsylvania is forever in all aspects of my life. I joke about it, bringing in cheesesteaks and “Rocky” references into conversations, but I very much appreciate the blue-collared upbringing. I think there is a sense of grit that comes out in my music. Some of that grit comes out in lyrics, but more of it probably comes out in the live show and in my personality. I’m a bit of a workaholic and verbal straight shooter. If I say I’m going to do something, I do it. That’s very different from the California style of life I currently live in. (That’s probably a whole other interview, haha)
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
I’m such an album guy, but with my current projects and the constant change in the music world, I am trying out the release of singles for now. That’s not to say an album won’t be in the cards. I do have a few singles ready to go.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We are looking to release a single end of this year, another single early next year, and a new co-write single, summer 2018.
Any plans to hit the road?
We don’t have any immediate tour plans for 2017, but 2018 isn’t too far away. This year is more focused on writing and recording.
We are still performing on select performances, and just booked a show to support Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band) Oct 12 at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.
What else is happening next in Erick Macek‘s world?
Lot’s of “new” is in the works right now. New music, videos, campaigns, projects, marketing, social. Writing is one of those big new components.
Writing is something that as an artist you can’t do too much of, and that is my immediate focus for the rest of this year. The hard part is that the public won’t see or hear any of it till months, sometimes years from now.