Matty Mac

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
Matty Mac (Matthew Maccarone)
United States of America
7/23/1990

Childhood experience:
I had a great childhood. I’m 100% Italian so I enjoyed the traditions and customs of a large Italian family. We sat down as a family and had dinner 4-5 nights a week, and also had larger parties with the extended family every 1-2 months. I grew up in a middle-class family in a small town in New Jersey. There wasn’t much crime and we have a great school system. Having old-school Italian parents, there was no way I’d be allowed to focus solely on my music. After high school, I went to college as a backup plan. After 7 years of hard work, I have received an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science, an Associate’s Degree in Mathematics, a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I had a very successful soccer career earning First Team All-state in high school and National Player of the Week for my first week in college. As I wrote in one of my songs, I had everything that I could ever need, but I didn’t have what I wanted. I wanted a girl to call my own. I spent my whole childhood working to be desirable to women, and that is where the music came into play. I started playing music as a way to get girls, but then I saw the reaction. I saw the good and the happiness it could spread and it became much bigger than me. It’s almost not even about me anymore. It’s about all the people that didn’t have the opportunities that I have had. It is about all the people that don’t live in a situation where they can chase their dreams. It has gotten to the point where I will feel disrespectful if I don’t make it. It’s like being 6 foot 5 and you can’t dunk. That would piss off everyone who wants to be able to dunk but will never be able to. That’s how I feel about my life and my music. I have all of the resources I need to accomplish my goal, and if I don’t….well I don’t know if I can look that man in the mirror every day. I’d feel like I let down everyone who is less privileged than me.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.
I am a one man band so my band name/ stage name is Matty Mac. Well, it used to be a stage name but honestly at this point I don’t even remember who Matthew Maccarone is. My life has revolved around music for so long that I have become Matty Mac there is no separation anymore.
I play 7 different instruments on my albums, and recently have invented a new instrument that will allow me to be a live one man band. My skills include vocalist (5 yrs), guitarist(14 yrs), drummer(14 yrs), bassist(12 yrs), pianist (11 yrs), trumpet (16 yrs)/saxophone(10ys)/trombone player(9 yrs), audio engineering(5 yrs), video production(1 yr) and graphic design(5 yrs).

Music Career:
I started back in 2002 playing trumpet in a ska band. I bought a guitar a week after our first practice and began playing that live within 2 years. I was in a three piece reggae band for about 3 years and we released 17 songs. As we got older it got harder to get together so I went my separate way. In 2012, I released my first solo album with 16 tracks on it. In 2013, I released 12 new tracks as part of an acoustic album. In, 2014 I released another 16 track album called “One Man Band”. This was the first one to be distributed online to iTunes and Spotify. In 2015, I released my most popular album “The Proposal” which had 8 tracks. The music video went viral hitting 1 million views in the first month. Finally, my most recent album “Dedication” was released in August of 2017. It is a 10 track album based around the new instrument that I invented and my loop pedal.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
I think the best genre to describe my sound is Reggae Fusion. I grew up on ska and reggae and feel like there is an underlying influence in most of my music, but I also combine with all other genres to create upbeat, catchy and creative music.
The song “My Apology” means a lot to me because it is an apology that goes out to everyone that I love. The road to a successful career in the music industry is long, lonely, and often times disappointing. None the less, you must keep on grinding day in and day out. It takes dedication and commitment even if that means putting your music above the people that mean the most to you. Working around the clock, there are countless times that I’ve had to say no to friends, family and lovers. Sometimes the decision is harder than others but it is a sacrifice I am willing to make. This song was meant to serve as an apology to anyone that I’ve ever had to tell no in order to better my music. It details the changing tides as my music begins to get traction and starts to spread. It offers apologies to friends and family while also explaining the reasons why I make these sacrifices.
“In hope of a life that your son’s always dreamed of where
I’ll write you a check for a home with a deck and a lake house
And moms off the clock because the chef can cook and clean
You’ll offer your best and I’ll tell you to rest because it’s all on me”

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
As a musician, I’ve never won anything. I’ve been in talent competitions and battles, but I always come up short. I even had a band apologize for winning one time solely because they sold more tickets. They knew they weren’t the better band, the contest was just looking to make as much money as possible. I had a lot of success in 2015 when I released the music video for my song “The Proposal”. It’s actually an incredible story. It was a Wednesday night when I got a call from my cousin. “I’m going to put you to work” was the first thing that he said to me. He had a longtime girlfriend, Jess, who was basically a part of the family. Everyone knew they would eventually tie the knot but didn’t know when or how. My cousin Sam likes to go big so he had the idea to propose in a music video. He asked me if I had any songs that I thought would work, but being a single 24 year old at the time I wasn’t even considering marriage let alone writing songs about it. I decided this needed a special song specifically for his proposal so I wrote him one. About an hour after the call, I had written and recorded a song and sent it back to him. He loved it!! We used it to create a music video and the entire story went viral. Various new stations in the US and all over the world picked up the story and we have since racked up over 30 million Youtube views. Words can’t even do it justice so I’d just suggest you watch what happened that day. Here is a link to the same video as the original with updated audio (https://youtu.be/Y1wO5bORA3E).  The original video with 30 million views is here: https://youtu.be/OuXKkROBkiI

As far as the downs, I make money by playing cover gigs as an acoustic solo act. Most of the time, acoustic is best fit for earlier happy hour type shows so there aren’t any wild shows happening. A lot of the time, it is incredibly disheartening to put your heart and soul into a 3 hour performance and not get a single clap. You are often stuffed in a corner as background music, and sometimes don’t play for more than 10 people. This is a consistent ‘down’ that I have gotten used and actually find quite funny now. I tell myself to enjoy the journey because one day I may want these days back. When life was simple and no one knew who I was ha-ha.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
This is a one man operation so there are no other band mates. I am the music producer. I am the crew for most of the smaller videos. I recorded this song in my home studio. I call it a home studio but in reality it is a room with instruments in it and a computer. There is no professional acoustic treatment or expensive equipment. I make do with what I have. Usually I lay down scratch guitar and vocal tracks to a click, and then I start recording drums, then bass, then horns/auxiliary, and then I finish off with the vocals and guitar final takes.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I’ve performing live for about 12 years. I have been releasing albums for 5 years, of which the past 3 year’s music has been released internationally online through iTunes, Spotify, etc. My goal is to use my music to make a sufficient living. I’d love to tour the country selling out theaters, but I’d also like to build up my online presence and sell private live streams. The most efficient way to do this would be to become a well-known youtuber. I have just recently started uploading 3 videos a week on Youtube with hopes to add to my fan base and build up a bigger following. I’d like to use the platform and profits from my music to continue inventing products/devices the world has never seen. I feel like there aren’t many organizations that aim to encourage young women and minorities to pursue a career as an engineer and that’s also something I’m interested in. Bringing awareness to the benefits of computer programming and being a “nerd”.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. I had dreadlocks for 9 months and I have an entire song about the day I decided to cut them off. I have a very popular song called “Betsy Ann” that is subtly about mosquitoes. While there are certain inspirations for certain songs, I don’t really know that there is anything in particular that inspired me to be a songwriter in the first place. It is just something that I did. It is a part of my being. As I had mentioned earlier, I started playing guitar because I thought it would make girls like me, but I never once thought about writing songs. It just happened. Most of the time, I write songs for me. I feel that those are the best ones. There was a rough time in my life where I played this song I wrote called “Sunshine Days” every day. It was the medication I needed to push through. Songwriting and composing is just natural for me. Even now as I write this and try to think why I write songs, nothing sticks out as a definitive answer. There are obviously benefits that come from releasing music that make it very satisfying but there is usually a large gap of time between writing the song and releasing it to see the impact that it has. In that gap of time, the song only exists for me. It is mine to jam when I need it. Sometimes I write songs that I know I will never release so I think I can confidently say I don’t write all songs with hopes that they will be mainstream hits. I just write as a form of therapy I guess.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
In my opinion, a “hit” song must sound good, have creative content, paint a picture for the listener and evoke some type of emotion, good or bad. I don’t believe in structural rules. You write what the song calls for. If you need a chord change to convey the way the feeling of the song is changing then you write a chord change. I’ve worked with people before who said “Okay we did the first verse now we need a pre chorus, chorus, verse 2, breakdown and final chorus”, but that’s not how I write. I let the story and feeling of the song dictate the structure and what music needs to be written.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
The universe is full of unlimited happiness and abundance. It is free to smile, free to laugh and free to be kind, we should do it more often. Everyone has the power to create happiness and give it to someone else, and quite frankly a lot of people need it. Be the light. Be the change you wish to see in the world.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Don’t worry about being cool. Don’t waste your time with relationships while you’re young, many times they keep you from evolving into the best version of yourself, the one that can be happy on your own without anyone else love. Have a bit of a social life, but don’t waste your time partying.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
Aside from “The Proposal” hitting 30 million views and a radio interview on 101.3 WRKD out of Ohio, I haven’t had much recognition. I haven’t toured yet or won any awards. My musical journey to this point has consisted of playing cover gigs to earn a living and then funding my own original music by releasing albums, music videos and videos online.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
Currently, my music is on one radio station in Ohio, 101.3 WRKD.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
There are a few different ways that I write my songs. Most of the time it starts with a guitar progression/riff and then I will assess what that sound makes me think of and start throwing out some words to start off the song. Other times, I already have a lyric or topic in mind and then I will create music that matches the feel of the song. I have just recently started writing songs on piano which has been a very fun process. I tend to get different chords and progressions than when I start with guitar. When writing lyrics, I always write with a computer or tablet because I can type faster than I can write by hand and sometimes you sing something that you like and forget the words by the time you can write it down. With any writing though I always follow one rule, if you want to remember it write it down and record it. I can’t tell you how many times I lost awesome melodies or lyrics because I thought to myself “oh I’ll remember that”. You won’t haha you’ll forget and it will be gone forever.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.
Frank Sinatra
Andy Grammer
Ed Sheeran
John Mayer
Bruno Mars

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
I haven’t collaborated much at all in the past. When I was in the reggae band, we collaborated with a rapped name Ray Jones but unfortunately that’s as long as my list of collaboration goes. As far as collaborating in the future, I love Tori Kelly’s voice I think she’d be at the top of the list for females and probably Ed Sheeran for males.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
http://www.mattymacnj.com
http://www.youtube.com/mattymacnj
http://www.instagram.com/mattymacnj
http://www.facebook.com/mattymacnj
http://www.soundcloud.com/mattymacnj

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
Latest album Dedication (2017)
iTunes: https://goo.gl/g7ZT5A
Spotify: https://goo.gl/xwB6gx
Google Play: https://goo.gl/U4mto1

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
Happiest Day:
You know what’s really weird about this question. I knew the saddest day of my life immediately without hesitation. There were two that were very close but for the most part it wasn’t hard to come up with. Yet in order to recall the happiest day of my life, I have to do some soul searching. There are a few days that stick out. The day we filmed “The Proposal” was a magical day. The day my wrestling team won the state championship was incredible. The day that my music video broke 1 million views was monumental, but even having already felt what those days felt like they don’t even compare to the feeling I get just when I imagine retiring my father. None of those days brought me to tears, but the thought of handing my dad a check and telling him to quit his job…I’m getting choked up right now just thinking about it. When it actually happens, I think that will be cemented as the happiest day of my life.

Saddest Day: My first love was soccer. I had won 3 championships before I ever even touched a guitar. In high school the goal was to win a state championship. We started my senior year 10-0, won our conference and entered the playoffs as a top seed. In the first round of the playoffs, I went into a tackle and cracked my big toe in two places. I played about 60 minutes of soccer into double overtime with a broken toe to ensure we would get the win. I went to the hospital after the game and they told me it was a sprain and I’d be back in two weeks. I had a follow up appointment with a specialist where I learned it was broken, and I’d be sidelined for the rest of the season. The saddest day of my life would come in the next couple weeks when I had to stand on the sideline on crutches and watch my team go to battle without me. We lost 5-2 in the state semi-finals and it has haunted me ever since. You know honestly, I don’t even regret breaking my toe. I regret that I didn’t gear to that semi-final game and suit up to play anyway. That game took place 10 years ago and quite frankly I’m still not over it. I think of the lingering taste of defeat every time I get down on myself with my music, knowing the pain of failing again would eat me alive until I die, and so it is the fear of failure that will push me to succeed.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
Short answer is I wouldn’t haha I smashed my nose across my face playing soccer when I was 16 and I was supposed to get corrective surgery after I stopped playing, but 11 years later I’m still in 2 soccer leagues every week so the first thing I’d do is get the surgery to fix my nose. It’d be nice to fully smell and taste again haha I’d probably keep about $200,000 for myself and give the rest to my parents. With the 200,000, I’d rent a space to put a studio and upgrade my equipment, buy two patents for my finished inventions and then just figure out what living situation would make that money last the longest. I’m not ready to settle down and purchase a house, I should get another 5-10 years out of my car, and I have plenty of clothes. I’d put money into music videos and promotion and just continue the grind. There is a saying “It’s hard to get up and go to work when you’re sleeping in silk pajamas”. I’m afraid the comfort of knowing I have a million dollars would make me complacent. I’m young, I’m hungry and there is unlimited money to be made. I think giving the money to my parents would keep me grounded and keep me on track to grow and evolve as an artist and keep me working as hard as possible day in and day out.

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