Q&A Scene: Gavin Mac

Tell us about your new single ‘Sideswiped’?

 Sideswiped is a song about one of those days when everything goes sideways. We all have ‘em, and no-matter what you do, things just snowball from bad to worse. I wrote this track when I was a kid and during COVID I dug it out, dusted it off and rewrote it. I’m really happy with the result. What do you think? 

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? (your own work) 

 The title track from my forthcoming album ‘Make You Feel’ is probably my favourite work to date. It’s upbeat, and kinda infectious. But you’ll have to wait until August to hear that one. 

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

My sound is like a 6 course degustation, each track with its own carefully crafted flavour, thanks to the amazing production Matt Fell contributed. He’s a master at producing songs, authentically.  

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

 I recorded most of my album at Matt Fell’s studio in Leichhardt in Sydney. When it came time to add the final track, he’d relocated himself, his family and the studio to a small town in country Tasmania. I sure as hell wasn’t starting with a new producer, so I trekked way down south, and it was amazing. Tasi’ was so green, wild and captivating. 

What, or who, inspires you?

I enjoy and am inspired by what makes us different to one another, and unique as humans, so I am most often inspired by people who are trailblazers (big or small), non-conformists, funny, thoughtful, and opinionated. 

Which song do you wish you wrote?

I wish I had written the Traveller by Chris Stapelton. It’s a beautiful, unforgettable song about being on the road, that you just can’t shake. Much of Stapletons music bears similar characteristics. 

What’s next for you?

 I’m playing a few shows in Melb, Sydney and Tamworth ahead of ramping up into Spring / Summer. I love performing and I’m hoping to get plenty of shows happening in 2024. I’m also focused on preparing for the release of my album on Sept 5. 

What’s your scene?

Anywhere where there’s culture, music, good food, and great people. My spiritual home is the Inner North East of Melbourne where I spent my early adult years, before moving north to Sydney’s Eastern Beaches.