Interview With Artist YS-MAC
HEY YS-MAC THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO CHAT WITH US! CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF, WHO IS YS-MAC IN YOUR OWN WORDS?
Well, I go by the name YS-MAC, haha, but honestly originally I was nicknamed MAC-11. I was given that name as a youngster. Probably my middle school years my stepfather gave me the name but as I started to get older and persue my music MAC-11 just didn’t feel right anymore. It just wasn’t me so I established YS-MAC as my alter ego. The name itself ‘’YS-MAC’’ doesn’t have any definition in the dictionary but to me it stands for ‘’YoungSoul-MAC’’.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE? HAS YOUR STYLE CHANGED MUCH OVER THE YEARS?
Well, my style is HIP-HOP/RAP and R&B combined. My style hasn’t really changed much over the years just my sound quality.
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE INFLUENCED YOUR CAREER?
I would have to say my inspirations came from 2pac, 6lack, and The Weeknd. These artists are legends to me. Each song they create are so perfectly structured it’s like magic. Almost as if each beat is made custom-tailored to their melody. It flows in perfect harmony through each verse. They truly are legends.
WHAT’S YOUR PROCESS LIKE FOR MAKING MUSIC?
I honestly don’t write much down. I listen to the beat and only around 20 seconds of it and then I structure in my head how I want the melody to go. I write down a small piece of a hook and then I start recording. The reason I record like this is because I want each song to be as authentic as possible because reading lines over and over again feels as if they lose their meaning and I can never get the same organic energy and passion as that very first time.
FINALLY, IS THERE ANY ADVICE YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TO ANYONE LOOKING TO BE A SOLO RECORDING ARTIST?
You can’t wish for it you have to work for it. You have to push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you. Where you are a year from now is a reflection of the choices you choose to make right now so if you want to fly you need to give up everything that weighing you down.
If you would like to know more about YS-MAC follow him on Instagram @ysmac, YouTube and Spotify