Mac DeMarco has commented on TikTok‘s affect on the music trade, saying he finds it “very miserable”.
DeMarco’s feedback got here in an interview with Variety about his new instrumental album, ‘Five Easy Hot Dogs’, by which he was requested whether or not he was grateful to have damaged by way of within the time earlier than TikTok. Though he mentioned that his songs are likely to do nicely on the platform, he mentioned it discovered it “unusual” that artists generally write music that’s engineered for TikTok success, or assume going viral on there’s how they’ll greatest earn cash.
“It’s very miserable. I feel that that’s the issue is artists have slipped into this function of like, “Effectively, I do want these issues.” You don’t… however if you wish to earn cash I assume you do,” he mentioned. “I used to be at all times of the ilk of make what you need to make, and if cash comes afterward, it’s a bonus.
“Quite a lot of my songs really do fairly nicely on TikTok, however I by no means had to consider, ‘Effectively this could sound fairly good sped up!’ On the identical time… what do folks say? Get that bag, or no matter? Stay your life nevertheless you need to stay your life, I don’t give a fuck,” he continued.
DeMarco added that he will get the impression that “children don’t appear to love happening tour anymore”. He defined: “Happening tour was the best reward of life for me. You get a van with your mates and drive round, celebration each night time, share your music, see the weirdest components of each metropolis and meet different bizarre folks. It’s like, ‘Would you want your life to turn out to be an journey? Right here you go.” And now persons are like, ‘I’m so drained…’ I don’t need to sound like a grumpy outdated uncle, but it surely’s unusual!”
He then went on to speak about ‘5 Simple Scorching Canines’. “That’s why making this file felt fairly pure for me. It has its personal bizarre little musical identification, and it doesn’t ‘slap’, it doesn’t have ‘bangers’. It simply is what it’s. I like music. I like recording music. I like listening to music. And I don’t want further baggage to return with it. It’s a quite simple pleasure of being alive. Perhaps I’m waxing a little bit too poetic…”
‘5 Simple Scorching Canines’ was launched yesterday (January 20).