Band: The Real Mac Dimarco?

Answered by: Mark D’Amico

Give us your wicked-cool backstory. Where did the name come from and how did you start out? The Real Mac Dimarco? started after I played a solo gig supporting Ben’s band, Roacher Poacher, which he plays bass in. I was looking for musicians with a love of hip hop to start a band with and after the show, Ben approached me to have a jam, as he’s a huge hip hop head and as my name is Mark D’Amico. I made a few jokes on stage about not getting me mixed up with Mac DeMarco. Ben then decided he would call me Mac DeMarco and it just stuck to the point where he forgot my real name so this is how The Real Mac Dimarco? was born. After a few jams, Ben invited Adrian – who he had met while watching him play the drums with his band Epiphany – and then we felt we needed keys to really bring a hip hop feel to our funk/rock/punk vibe, so Ben asked his girlfriend Bec to jump aboard and our sound was complete.

If your sound had to be described as a meal, what would it be? A buffet at an all-you-can-eat dinner. There is so much to choose from so you can keep going back and have a totally different experience with every portion.

Tell us about single Papa Luigi – what’s your creative process like? Papa Luigi started out while I was freestyling one hazy morning and it began with the chorus. Don’t ask me what it means ‘cuz the words just popped out, so then I wrote a verse based on some pretty damn strange thoughts I was having at the time. I took the song to Ben who decided to write his verse from the perspective of a Mario Kart race. Generally, our process is myself or Ben will bring a song we have written to the band and everyone adds their bits and the song transforms into something none of us could ever have imagined on their own. Also sometimes we will just jam and freestyle and something comes out of nothing.

Where did you record EP Head In The Clouds and why? Who did you work with? We recorded Head In The Clouds with Kim Lukomski at Spare Room Audio after Adrian had worked with him previously with Epiphany. He was amazing through the whole process and gave us some great ideas, which made it onto the final cut. Kim advised us to get it mastered by Neville Clark at Disk Edits for that final touch and we couldn’t be happier with the result.

The worst thing that happened during recording was…: Having to give up the dream of having a live sax on the final track of the EP Who Am I?

But the best thing was…: Having Kim there with his expertise to keep us focused otherwise we would probably still be tinkering with all tracks.

Where did you get the inspiration for the film clip for Papa Luigi? We always knew there was a very old school Nintendo feel to the song, but it wasn’t until Bec added her keys that we felt it was most definitely Mario-inspired in every way. Ben found Reggie (Rage Art Cartoons) a graphic designer from Kazakhstan on Facebook and after looking at his previous works we knew he could do justice to the lunacy of the song. Which he did so very well!

Other than other artists, what inspires your music? We are inspired by everything around us from video games, to movies and TV shows, to what’s happening in the news. Our songs draw from personal experiences, fictional stories, and are pretty much just how we feel about what is happening in the world. We also tend to have quite a lot of inspiration at 4:21pm.

The no.1 most interesting thing about your band is: Ben and I are both born on the 8 March. On our most recent birthday, completely unplanned, my girlfriend and I walked into one of the many bars in Adelaide’s East End and found Ben and Bec sitting down having a beer. Freaky shit! I think there’s some weird Pisces shit going on in this band. Everyone is always on the same page, Bec’s born on 11 March and Adrian less than a month later.

And the most boring thing about you is: Probably life outside the band and the daily grind of day-to-day work. Mark and Bec both work in management roles, Adrian fries up the goods in restaurants and Ben works in traffic management. It makes us look forward to getting together for a jam each week.

Your music has a very ‘fun’ sound to it, what can people expect from a live show? Expect high energy, lots of humour and unpredictability. We just like to have fun on stage, but things can get deep as well. Not all our tracks are strange like Papa Luigi. There is a little something for everyone in a Real Mac show. Hip hop, rock, punk, funk, folk, dance. It’s a bit of a wild ride so come check it out for yourselves.