Mac DeMarco: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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Mac DeMarco has become one of the most popular and recognizable musicians over the past few years. However, despite the fact that DeMarco has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Mac DeMarco. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: He Wrote ‘Salad Days’ in a Month

Well, sort of. DeMarco told his booking agent that he needed at least a month of his own time to write his next album. He was given an entire month, which he spent in a small room with a rug and a coffee machine.

Number Fourteen: His Writing Strategy Has Changed Over Time

While DeMarco says that he has written songs before by writing the instrumental parts first and then the lyrics, he has also written them by writing the instrumental parts and lyrics simultaneously. He wrote Salad Days using the latter strategy.

Number Thirteen: He Was Hesitant to Use His Full Name as a Performer

DeMarco began performing as Mac DeMarco when he signed with Captured Tracks. He was concerned about including his last name at first because he thought it would sound too much like an “Italian house DJ.”

Number Twelve: He Channels Jonathan Richman on Stage

When asked who the first performer was to make an impression on him, DeMarco revealed that it was Jonathan Richman, whom he saw perform when he was 17 years old. He says that he channels Richman on stage in an effort to emulate his light-hearted spirit.

Number Eleven: Mac DeMarco Likes to Collaborate With Friends

Rather than work with big-name people, DeMarco likes the environment created when he collaborates with friends on songs and music videos. He prefers to share power among friends than relinquish it to a big name.

Number Ten: He Began Playing Music to Get a Girl

It’s true! DeMarco had been interested in programming computers in junior high when he made the connection that guys who play guitar got all the girls. It was then that he picked up a guitar and learned how to play, and the rest is history.

Number Nine: He Isn’t in the Industry to Get Rich Quick

In fact, DeMarco has said that he sees himself being in the music industry for the rest of his life. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Mac DeMarco, coming soon!

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