Mac Miller Talks "Watching Movies With The Sound Off"
Tue, 09 Jul 2013 08:22:28
Mac Miller's Watching Movies with the Sound Off plays out like your favorite film. The MC weaves together an intriguing, inimitable, and irresistible narrative. It's a hip-hop tale that unfolds with raw and real emotion and entrancing soundscapes. This movie is more than "must-see". It's one of the best records of 2013.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Mac Miller opens up about Watching Movies with the Sound Off and so much more.
Did you approach Watching Movies with the Sound Off with one vision or vibe in mind?
Yeah, one-hundred percent! I was trying to make an album that was one complete piece and was meant to be listened to from top to bottom. That was always the idea.
What ties it together?
A lot of it is about free thought. It's about saying whatever comes into your mind and not limiting whatever it is that you're saying. There are a lot of questions about God, personal emotions, and things like that. There's this idea of being trapped somewhere—but not.
What's the story behind "The Star Room"?
"The Star Room" is an introduction to the whole album. It's actually a real place. When we were growing up, it was a room that we used to do a lot of bad things in. It was also a room of firsts. It was a room of losing virginity.
Is storytelling an important aspect of rapping for you?
Yeah, I think it's important to set a story and tell it. Sometimes, it's good to stick to a really strict storyline. Other times, it's good to have a light storyline that outlines everything.
What influences you outside of music?
I definitely watch a lot of movies. I try to read. I don't read as much as I should. I need to start reading more. It's everything. A lot of things aren't necessarily considered "art", but things around you.
Where did "I Am Who Am" come from?
That song was actually made because I went on all of these runs in the studio where I'd be living there for a couple of weeks at a time. During that one, I was sleeping in the studio and staying there. Then, my homie came in, and he had a beat. It's funny because the night before I had just been thinking of rapping on a beat like that. It was kind of weird. I woke up to that beat playing and instantly started writing. The song is the idea of being trapped inside of this room and trying to get everything.
Did you always know "Claymation" would close out the album?
I didn't! The album actually ends on "Euphoria", but "Claymation" was the first record we ever made for Watching Movies With The Sound Off. I thought it was cool for perspective to put that at the end of the album. It's interesting how it ended the album nicely. To me, that one is really about imagination. When you have issues in reality, taking a vacation to imagination is a good place to go.
If you were to compare Watching Movies with the Sound Off to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
I see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or maybe a Wes Anderson movie—something along those lines. The actual movie that goes along with the album one-hundred percent is a movie called Turtle: The Incredible Journey. It's basically this documentary about a turtle's journey of migration. It actually didn't come into play until the album was finished, but it ended up matching with the album perfectly.
What artists shaped you?
My musical taste is all over the place. I can never put my finger on one person. Currently, I've been listening to my friends. I also listen to Bob Marley, Prince, Radiohead, Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Future, Drake, Jay Electronica, MF Doom, OutKast, Portishead, and D'Angelo—to name a few.
Are you working on the next album already?
I've been recording a lot of music. There are a couple of things I have in mind. As far as my next album goes, I haven't really decided what that's going to be about. I'm always recording music though.
When did you come up with the title Watching Movies With The Sound Off?
That was probably around the Macadelic tour. I thought of that one. It seemed fitting.
What's next for you?
Currently, I'm on "The Space Migration" tour. Then, I go to Europe with Lil Wayne. I can't wait for that. I'm not sure after that. It's going to be making a lot of music and figuring out what's up ahead. We'll see.
What's your favorite Mac Miller song?