Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Meg Mac
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:11:15
In conversation, Meg Mac is soft-spoken and sweeter than a cherry pie with Reddi-Whip topping, to borrow a phrase from The Beastie Boys. On record, well, she is a powerhouse with so much soul in her voice. Like we can't with her!
So when the chance to speak with her EARLY on came up, we LEAPT at it.
We also amended the usual Take Aim questions for her, because we felt like it.
What do you want people to know about Meg Mac?
I want people to know I am Australian. That has nothing to do with my music. But I've found that when you go overseas, people like Australians.
If you were not doing music, you would be…
I would go to France. Or I would be working from my mum in a clothing warehouse. It is not something I am passionate about. It's not what I want to do, but it's what I would be doing it. I don't have passion for anything but music.
Pick ONE song one your record and share a writing or recording story. Something intimate, that you haven't told anyone else (or at least a bunch of writers or journalists) and that which puts us in the moment with you. Let's get intimate, shall we?
'Roll Up Your Sleeves' is the quickest I've ever written a song. I was in that moment. I did not let outside things effect how I was writing. I was writing it to myself to make me feel better. It still makes me feel good. I used to say it before I put it in the song. I do mean what I sing.
Girl, you have SO much soul. Where do you mine that emotion from? I think it was Henry Rollins who once noted how Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston can sing and hit those high notes, but it doesn't move him an inch. You have both the range and the feeling. Where's that coming from?
My influences, and in real life, I am quiet. I don't speak loudly. When I get to sing, I let it all out. One of my non-obvious influences is musical theater. My dad played The Phantom of the Opera and Les Mis while I was growing up. I love performance and the dramatic element. I like having a big voice, and meaning what I sing. I like dramatizing it, too, and having an audience.
The shows are my favorite part. The thing I am most excited about is bringing my music out of Aussie and sing for people. That is my favorite part. I want to do shows.
Your brow game is strong and distinct! Does your image factor in with the drama and theater that you mentioned liking?
I have natural brows. I have five kids in my family and we all have these brows and my mom scared us all, and said we can't touch them! She has no brows left, since she plucked them when she was young. I just wear what I like. When I do photo shoots, if I wear normal clothes, I don't pose. But if I put on something I wouldn't wear every day, I can pose better with it. Things that make me feel strong.
Now, "Roll Up Your Sleeves" with Meg Mac.
Did you "Roll Up Your Sleeves" with Meg Mac?