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Fast Five: Macatier



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I began making music when I was 14. I’m originally a drummer but when I was 19 I started performing at Open Mic nights around Bristol. I had some songs I had written by myself and decided I wanted to try them out live. From as long as I can remember it’s been what I wanted to do, but I’m currently studying History & Politics – so I’ve pretty much covered both ends of the spectrum!

How would you describe your music?

I would describe it as ‘Upbeat-Acoustic’. Although I’m an acoustic musician I don’t like how that if it isn’t slow and melancholy, acoustic music is often classed as Folk music. I wouldn’t say the music I make fits into either genre, so I just mashed together two words that I thought described it best.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

In October 2012 I released my debut 5 track EP entitled ‘A Year From Now’. From that I’ve been playing shows supporting acoustic artists such as Ryan Keen and Marika Hackman, but also supported more ‘rockier’ bands such as The Xcerts and All The Young. I have also recorded a session at the Red Bull Studios in London. I’ve recently been invited back to record another, so I might use that for some new songs I’ve written.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

If we’re talking about absolutely anyone it would have to be either Jesse Lacey from Brand New or Thom Yorke. They are two songwriters who I think are incredibly talented and there is no one else who can write like them. Being part of that process would be incredible. There is also a musician from near Birmingham called Fitz who I’ve been listening to a lot recently. Collaborating with him would definitely be something I’d love to do!

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

If I had to take one album it would have to be Blink-182’s ‘The Mark, Tom & Travis Show’. I know its a bit of an odd one, what with it being a live pop-punk album, but it’s the one of the few albums that I have been listening to for years and still never gets old.