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Ten Questions With Andy Mac
by Brianne Turner

II: What song of yours do you feel best defines your overall sound?
AM: The one that seems to go over the best is “She Falls Away”.

II: How old were you when you began singing/playing music?
AM: I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. I used to listen to my father harmonize to songs on the radio and I picked it up pretty quickly. I started playing percussion when I was 12, guitar when I was about 17, and piano a few years ago.

II: What was your primary influence in making the decision to forgo a desk and a cubicle to play music for a living?
AM: Well, there are unfortunately a lot of brilliant musicians out there that still have to work behind a desk everyday. I just happen to be lucky at the moment. 2007 has been a very kind year to my musical wallet thanks in part to some TV placements through Fox. And yet, I’m still broke. :o) Who knows? Next month I may have to sit behind a desk again. But I’ve been “cubicle free” for a good while now. (In a cowboy voice) I aims for me to keeps it adat way. We shall see…I don’t think there’s any musician who has a day job that wouldn’t rather just be doing music full time. I’m very lucky. But I do work very hard too.

II: As an artist who is known for his insightful lyrics, does it annoy you when people sing along to your songs at live shows?
AM: I have insightful lyrics? I’m glad you told me. :o) I don’t think I’ve heard that before. I’ve always found my lyrics to be very basic. And as far as singing along to my songs when I play them live, that’s pretty much like giving me a hug while I’m on stage. I don’t think I could ever grow tired of that. I wish ya’ll sang louder. And yes, I do have a few musical pet peeves: people who pay to see a show and then talk through the entire thing, people who clap on one and three (STOP IT!!!), and I hate it when people don’t bring me Jameson while I’m on stage. :o)

II: Currently, you aren’t signed to a record label. Is this something you’re hoping to change in the future, or is this a conscious choice for you? Why?
AM: Well, that’s a REALLY tricky question. I would very much like to be on what they call a “major indie”, which means a good and professional independent label. Major Labels are dying a slow death and they have no one to blame but themselves. They’ve been shoving musical McDonald’s down our throats for decades and now they’re upset that people don’t want it anymore. Boo hoo! As for me, I think it’s all about what a label is willing to do and what they want out of the deal. If a reasonable deal came along, of course I’d be interested in it. But I’m not going to sit around and wait for one. I’m going either way. :o)

II: Do you have any plans to play shows outside of the Northeast area?
AM: That’s one thing I don’t get to do nearly as much as I’d like to. I have a LOT of people asking me everyday “When are you coming to…”, and I don’t think they understand how expensive it is to tour. I’m doing a little now, and I want to do a LOT more as soon as I can.

II: You list Ben Folds as one of your influences. Is your song “Sara With No H” a reference to his song “Zak and Sara”?
AM: Indeed, it is. It’s funny when people say to me, “You know that Ben Folds has a song called that, don’t you?”, to which I have to quickly point out that no, he doesn’t. In “Zak and Sara” (which is a GREAT song by the way), his character Zak is playing a song called “Sara with no ‘h’” on a guitar. I was headed to a rehearsal and I thought, ’someone should write that song’. So I did. As Ben gave no indication of what the song was about (except for the name), it left a lot of options. I had the hook really fast and the rest all came together. I can still see her in my head. But she doesn’t really exist…except to me. Nice.

II: How would you describe the experience of recording your first solo album, Music For A Bright Moon Sky?
AM: Well, recording that album took me a LONG time because of the money factor. And I kept writing better songs so I have quite a back catalog of songs that never made it onto the album. I did a lot of co-writing with an artist named Ryan Doyle who is in a group called More Than Me. He and I work together really well. Some of our newer songs will be on my next album which I’m working on now. And I remember the session where we brought in Dave Meyer, the cellist on the album. When I first heard “Stars” with the cello on it, I knew that was special. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the album. Michael Rorick and Mark Mattrey who did all of the recording are both great people to work with. I’m still very close with them. Overall I’m very proud of the album and I think that for a self-financed and self produced album it’s pretty good. But the one I’m working on now is already much better. :o)

II: When you’re doing a show, is there a specific song you most enjoy playing?
AM: We normally close our sets with a song called “I haven’t seen you for so long”. That one is great to play because it’s very upbeat (which is strange for me) and happy. People really vibe on it. I love playing “How am I to Know” because my vocalists are so damn good. They are really on and it sounds so sweet to me. But my absolute favorite to play right now is a song called “Nothing’s As Good” which will be on my new album. I play it heavy and hard.

II: What can we expect to hear on your next cd?
AM: Well, it’s already VERY different from Music for a Bright Moon Sky. Obviously, it’s important to grow as a songwriter and as an artist. I have a good chunk of it done already. It still sounds like me, but it’s a different me. It makes sense. We all change in every way. I really think it sounds a lot better. The songs have an honesty that really comes through. I can’t wait to finish it.

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