Hi Maccie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello Vents! I’ve been well! Excited, inspired, happy, grateful and more focussed than ever!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “High”?

I’d love to! “High” is the first single off of my soon to be released album, “Primal”.  Each song represents a different element of my personality; “High” is Maccie “the smartass” but in a very lighthearted and healthy way. “High” is about resilience and self appreciation.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Personal experience definitely inspired this song. It came from getting played and arriving at the realization that I could either let deceit and hurt control my life, or I could acknowledge a situation for what it really was and learn how to maneuver through it. Eventually I became strong enough to emerge better and more confident in myself and “High” is the celebration of that. My hope for High” is that it can inspire others to realize their worth and celebrate themselves.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I do have a playful and interesting video concept however there are no plans to release a  video for “High” at this time. We’ll see what the future brings!

The single comes off your new album Primal ­ what’s the story behind the title?

The word primal means the original, the first of it’s kind, the most vital, inherent and intrinsic. The music on “Primal” came from experiences and emotions that I was feeling for the first time in my life but  feelings that somehow felt so natural, honest and absolutely necessary for my self discovery and realization. The music is raw, passionate, sexual, honest, and unapologetically so; because of this and because this music represents my rebirth as an artist I named my album “Primal”.

How was the recording and writing process?

Honestly, the writing process was divine. It was like the music already existed and just had to move through me and my producer Jeff Hazin. Sometimes Jeff and I would be working on the same song separately and not realize it until we went to show each other. I would come up with some lyrics and a melody and then he would show me a production he had been working on and somehow the two would just go together perfectly! Throughout the recording process Jeff and I were extremely connected, extremely patient, open to each other’s ideas, and above all we always tried to do what we believed to be best and most honest to the music.

What role does Portland play in your music?

Portland is just the name of the town closest to where I grew up. It doesn’t play a huge role in my music but the nature that I grew up in does. It shaped my character. For as long as I can remember I was extremely wild, adventurous, and curious. I was always climbing some tree to see how high I could get and how far into the distance I could see. I was always exploring some part of the forest with my older brothers, going as deep as we could without getting lost, (sometimes we did get lost)! I was curious to know how everything tasted, smelled, moved, worked, and sometimes to see how much some things hurt! I believe growing up in nature kept me very in tune with who I truly was and is why I have been able to do so much difficult but incredible self exploration in the music on “Primal”.

What aspects of self­appreciation did you get to explore on this album?

“Primal” helped me unearth who I really am. “Primal” made me face myself and acknowledge that who I am as a person, an artist and a lover is not necessarily someone that society understands or accepts but that THAT is a good thing. I fought against the idea, but “Primal” gave me no choice but to embrace myself. In the end, “Primal” allowed me to see all the beauty in who I really am and celebrate myself. Now, “Primal” exists as a method of allowing people to get to know the real me and will hopefully inspire listeners to find, accept, and learn to love and appreciate themselves too.

Any plans to hit the road?

Performing is my all time favorite thing! I know I speak for my whole team when I say that right now I am excited to just focus on the successful release of “Primal” so that after I can get out and perform this music for all of my beautiful supporters!

What else is happening next in Maccie’s world?

What’s next is releasing the rest of the music on “Primal”,  rehearsing the live show, and continuing to create and record new music to follow this project up.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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