Everyone's favorite goofball Mac DeMarco
recently sat down with Ernie Ball for their "String Theory" series, and he was in rare form. Mac was awake, cheerful, and most importantly, he was serious. Words of wisdom are sprinkled throughout the entirety of the video, so we went through and took notes on Mac's advice so that you could focus on how adorable he is.
1. As long as you are creating something that you are happy with, the steps you take to get there don't matter.
You don't need to be in a fancy studio, and you don't need to have an expensive instrument or the best voice in the world to make music. The only thing that is important is that you like how it sounds.
"Doing it is the cool thing, so why not, you know?"
2. Getting your music posted on a blog or signing a record deal is not as important as you think it is.
You define your success. If you're proud of your work, and you're confident in yourself and your abilities, the rest will come to you. It may take time, but at the end of the day all that matter is your happiness, not what label you are signed to, or who retweeted your latest SoundCloud upload.
3. Don't let yourself slip into the mindset of "my music is my career."
Yes, you need to eat and you need to pay your bills. Do what you have to do to make that money, but remind yourself music is what you love to do and it's your hobby.
4. It's important to put yourself out of your comfort zone every now and then.
Whether it's playing in a different tuning or writing in a style different than you usually do, it's always good to challenge yourself. You'll never grow if you don't push yourself and allow yourself to be bad at something, or just fail completely.