Culture, Indie / Alternative, Interviews — October 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Mac DeMarco: Cigarettes, Music and a Dank Closet


Canadian musician Mac DeMarco is set perform his debut show in Singapore at Home Club on December 7th. The singer and guitarist released two successful albums in 2012, Rock and Roll Night Club and 2, and has been playing shows around Canada, America, Europe before finally setting foot in Asia.


This brisk career acceleration has enabled the Montreal-based indie rocker to nail his own “Mac DeMarco” sound. When asked about his song-writing and production processes, he states, “I usually sit down with my guitar, and write some line or chord progression or something, put it to tape, add bass and another guitar, and then write some lyrics.” Making it sound like a walk in a park, DeMarco says the process “usually only takes the better part of a day.” No wonder was he able to churn out two albums within a year!

Laid back, Mac DeMarco does not take himself too seriously and claims that he will pose nude if he wins the New Canadian Music contest he’s been taking part in. His quirky personality can also be seen all over YouTube as he awkwardly but entertaingly interviews his fellow musicians at music festivals. Jokes aside, DeMarco’s music strikes a chord with many young indie music lovers. His latest release, 2 was crowned “Best New Music” by Pitchfork Media last year, proving his ability not only to entertain but also to put out great music.

Included in that album is “Ode to Viceroy”, which talks about his love for the Candian cigarette brand. “I decided it’d be funny to start a Twitter account dedicated to them, because everone thinks they’re nasty,” DeMarco explains. “Turned out I started loving them, a lot.”

Proving how much of a comedian he is, we asked Mac DeMarco which three songs would currently sum up his life. He came up with “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” by Shania Twain, Cindy Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”. Obviously, the 23-year-old is enjoying the advance of his musical journey without getting too caught up by the hype. Enjoying every day as it comes and turning any situation (or interview) into a light-hearted one, DeMarco even assured us that he’d be accustomed to Singapore’s humidity, as he “just spent the summer in NYC in a dank closet.”


New Zealand noise/punk duo Carb On Carb will open for Mac DeMarco with one more support act to be announced soon. Tickets to the one-night-only show are on sale at $40 (standard) and $50 (at the door) and can be purchased here. An event presented by



Nov 29: Beijing, China – MAO Livehouse
Nov 30: Shanghai, China – Yuyintang
Dec 01: Hong Kong, China – Clockenflap Festival
Dec 04: Taipei, Taiwan – The Wall
Dec 06: Bangkok, Thailand – Cosmic RCA
Dec 07: Singapore – Home Club
Dec 09: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Bee