INTERVIEW: Scott MacKay

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

I have been good. Thanks for asking and thanks for having me!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Half Of Everything”?

Sure. I would describe it as a witty classic country narrative that showcases the absurdity of splitting things 50/50 in divorce.

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

No, not any obvious ones anyway. I came up with the title first and that’s really what inspired me to take it in the direction I did. It would make for a better story if I went through a messy divorce though wouldn’t it? Maybe it’s something I should at least consider, for the sake of the song? Haha

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I’ll be releasing a live acoustic version of the song in a couple of weeks.

How was the recording and writing process?

As I had mentioned earlier, I came up with the title “Half of Everything” first which intrigued me. I wanted to take the idea of splitting things 50/50 in a divorce and illustrate the absurdity of it in a wacky way. After twenty-one pages and lots of umming and hmming I finally arrived at a lyric I was happy with. I typically write without the guitar and with a melody in mind, so once the lyrics were finished, so was the song.

The recording process was as smooth as Kraft smooth peanut butter. The producer and engineer (Daniel Ledwell) was so easy to work with and brought in some great ideas and musicians who really helped bring the song to life.

Would you call this song a departure from your previous work?

Definitely. Since my last album, I really dove into the world of Classic Country and worked hard at bettering my songwriting. I think I was getting a little tired of writing sad songs and I’ve always had trouble writing happy songs without coming off sappy, so I stumbled into a middle ground (humour) that I’ve really been enjoying.

What role does PEI play in your music?

There’s such a vibrant music community here and because it’s so small everybody knows everybody and supports each other. It’s such an encouraging place to be as an artist. I’ve given the idea of place influencing art a lot of thought and I’m really not sure if it does or not. I’d like to think that growing up on PEI has shaped me as an artist and has influenced the songs that I’ve created, but that may just be a romantic notion. If I grew up in New York would I be creating the same stuff? We need to do a twin study! Haha.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

It does indeed. I’ve written an album’s worth of Traditional Country songs that all have a comical element to them which I’m hoping will invite some grins and a ha or two.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The plan right now is to record this summer and release the album in the Spring of 2021.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m hoping to play a handful of shows this summer but won’t really be hitting the road until the following summer when I have the new album to support.

What else is happening next in Scott Mackay’s world?

I’ve written a rough draft of a children’s book that I may do something with down the road but I’m not sure yet.

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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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