>> The Australian songwriter Meg Mac has been praised for her feminist anthems and uplifting pop tracks. Writing about identity, dignity, and self-worth, Meg Mac is a songstress who refuses to gloss over the challenging moments in her life. In her interview, she discusses her latest singles, inspiration gained on long plane rides, and performing with D'Angelo!
What can you tell us about yourself and the origin story of the band?
It’s the big voices that have always got to me and inspired me, like Sam Cooke and Ray Charles. That’s where I start with everything I do, when making my music, recording and working with my band I always start with the voice.
Late last year (Oct. 12, 2018) you released a new single called ‘Give Me My Name Back’. Can you tell us why you wrote the song, and what it feels like to have the song resonate with so many people?
Lots of people have probably found themselves at a point where they’ve lost who they are - that’s when I wrote this song. The day it was released my DM’s were flooded with messages from people with stories coming from so many different places. Women, survivors, the LGBTQ community, abuse, bullying, suicide, I was overwhelmed that so many people were opening up to me. I’d not ever experienced such emotional responses before.
Do you have plans to release any more singles in the near future? If so, when might we expect to hear them?
"Something Tells Me" is the next single from my new record and it's about to come out
Congrats on your EP ‘Meg Mac’ going platinum! Can you tell us a bit about how it felt when you got the news?
It’s always great to know that people are out there and actually listening to this EP
Starting in February you’ll be playing all sorts of North American and European shows, followed by an Australian tour in the spring. Where are you most excited to play?
Looking forward to all of it. I’ve toured in America before, I supported D’Angelo and Clean Bandit but there are a few cities where I’ll be playing for the first time shows like in San Francisco, Berlin and Paris.
What do you enjoy most about performing?
Singing live is the most enjoyable thing I do.
What has been your most memorable performance to date?
The shows I did around America supporting D’Angelo had a big impact on me.
Outside of music, what are some of your other hobbies? Is there anything you like to do to keep the songwriting creativity flowing?
Everything always leads back to music for me and writing songs
What is the strangest or most random thing you’ve been inspired by when it comes to writing music?
For some reason whenever I fly I get really inspired and think I’ve come up with these great ideas on the plane. I record them into my phone and then when I find them later - they’re completely inaudible and awful.