Photo Credit: Frédérique Bérubé
INTERVIEW: Jesse Mac Cormack
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Give A Chance”?
to start off, i wanted a song with a ternary african feel. i just love that groove and the malian play it . it just goes on and on. The structure of the song is pretty unconventional and it is that because i sort of discovered it as wrote it. when i listen to it now, it really feels like it takes you on a journey.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
the song is about relationships in a lot of different way. like the music, i discovered lyrics and the words as they came out.
it’s about giving a chance to a new relationship and also about letting it die when it has to. It also relates to the feeling you have with past relationships that lasted long enough to mark your world. It’s funny how you get so close to a person, go through so many experience and then “boom” it’s over. All of a sudden, your best friend, lover and confident just disappear.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
working with video director frédérique bérubé is always a thrill.
The single comes off your new album Now – what’s the story behind the title?
The cover of the album was shot in death valley in a specific place called badwater where many years ago, there use to be a sea.
That place is image of what our future with the climate changes that are coming our way . A child in the middle of this place is strong image of what the future will be.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote and recorded most of it at home in 3 years. It was long but worth it. I spent a lot of time on every possible detail.
in these years I was also working with other artist as a producer so It was an on and off kind of thing where I would spend a week working with someone else and then come back my album.
What was it like to work with Matt Wiggins and how did that relationship develop?
I learned a lot from him and I hope we will work together again. he’s a very chill dude and we enjoyed lots of sushis together.
How much did he get to influence the album?
He just took what I had and made everything better and crazier . Little anecdote, three days before I left to london to mix the album, I accidentally erase my hole album. fortunately, the minute before i had uploaded the hole thing on the cloud to send to matt. what a nightmare.
Did you feel any pressure as you were working on this album and you kept getting all this great reception or you felt rather the opposite?
when I work on something new, I always have little voice in my head that says, this better be better than the last thing you released. but in the end, music is contextual and feels different to everybody. some people will prefer the quieter materiel and other will love big and produced songs. There’s always a part of you that wants people to love your songs when you put em out there. so i guess so, i feel a little pressure at times but try to stay sane and honest throughout the hole creative process
What role does Montreal play in your music?
lots of great collaborators, these days, I try to bring new people to the studio every week to try out different stuff and there’s a lot of them so that helps!
You got to find inspiration on other cultures like African Rhythms – what was the selection process or how were you drawn into this?
I have this jam band that play with every once in a while and we mostly play african blues music. It”s a great source of inspiration for me.
Any plans to hit the road?
i’ll be touring Europe in may and i’ll be on the states in june.
What else is happening next in Jesse Mac Cormack’s world?
I’m working on a electro music project that will see light I hope in the next year.
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