Hi MAK, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been really good actually. It always lifts your spirits when you have music you’re about to release and you get to celebrate putting it out into the world and sharing it. So I’ve been in a good mood J
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Same Old You”?
Yeah, this release is an acoustic remix of the OG that came out in 2020. There was a really positive reaction to the original from a diversity of people. It was amazing to see. It was my mom’s favorite so there is that too. But, I think we knew we had one. Me and my boy Yonatan Watts who has produced all my current music, co-wrote the song together. The original production had this cool contrast between vulnerable and swagged out. Pop but with some major/minor vibes and a chopped-up chorus. The acoustic reimagined that feeling.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yeah, all my music has to come from personal experience and my ability to relate that to others. I had something to get off my chest that summed up a previous relationship. “Same Old You” was inspired by ultimately, a letdown. That situation just couldn’t evolve and kind of buried me in the process. So, I’m done at this point. The vulnerability of getting the feelings out leads to a momentum shift and by the chorus the swag is back and you have what you need to leave it in the rearview.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yeah there is a video coming out on February 3. It’s a performance video shot in my studio in Williamsburg with Neal Rosenthal who is playing the acoustic. And doing it well.
How was the recording and writing process?
Really fucking smooth and easy. I’m lucky I have a space in my crib and the equipment I need to record at a certain quality. Neal came over, we had never worked together before, but he’s a brilliant musician and has a certain edge and approach to breaking from convention, that me and him hit it off. He started to mess around with the chords and we came up with the arrangement, which I think really ended up adding layers and parts that weren’t in the original that may have taken it to a different level.
We tracked the acoustic guitar at my place and I recorded the vocals here too then sent them to Yon in LA to mix.
The words and the story are the same. “Same Old You.”
What lead you to do an acoustic rendition of the song?
First, we thought it was a good song that would hold up and deserved more attention. The song was just really shaped well to mess it up and take it a different direction. This isn’t your typical acoustic version, there are heavy harmonies, major/minor chords and it goes from soft to pretty hard by the end.
What role does Brooklyn play in your music?
I’m a New Yorker so I think that attitude is just in me at this point. I met Yon in New York before he moved to LA and we recorded much of my first EP at his studio in Bushwick. The New York City creative community, particularly in Brooklyn is one of the best in the world. So that inspires me.
At the same time, I could be in Iceland right now in the middle of this pandemic and it wouldn’t really make a difference as long as I had wifi, a UAD, midi and mic. I’ve made my entire new EP in quarantine, through Zoom between NYC and LA. In 2021 It can be done that way. But I’m still a New Yorker.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Oh 100%, this drop is only the start of me about to release a bunch of new music. My second EP, Lucid Dream is going to be rolling out over the next 3-4 months with the first single “Inside My Head” dropping March 5th. We are creating an entire world where we go inside of my Lucid Dreams.
What else is happening next in MAK’s world?
I just feel fortune to be able to do what I’m doing while the world is kind of stuck in place. I’m spent a lot of time focusing on becoming a better person and music helps me do that and communicate that. I’m messing around with other stuff like my diet, my workouts, I have a choreographer and we are scripting a full performance video for the album so I’m trying not to pull a hamstring in the process ha.
Thanks for asking and thanks for giving “Same Old You” a shout!