New Q & A Session from artist Mike McLaren after dropping his Macbook and a Microphone 2. We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Mike and talking about the current project, influences, and what’s to come in the future.
How have you been?
-I’ve been good, just moved to a new city and lovin it here in Edmonton.
What have you been up to lately?
-Just finished up my mixtape Macbook and a Microphone 2 and released it to the world. Also just bought my first key board, starting to work on producing my own tracks now.
You recently released Macbook and Microphone 2. How do you think the people are receiving it?
-From the feedback I have been getting it seems that most of the people who hear it really enjoy what I’ve done, which is great to hear. I put alot of work into it so I’m glad the people are enjoying it.
How did you come up with the title?
-Macbook and a Microphone is more than just a tittle. It is how I made the entire mixtape. I can’t afford studio time so I invested in a microphone and software and I actually recorded the entire project from home in my room. I think thats what helps make my music so unique.
Your cover for the project is very unique from what hip hop is used to. What made you use this standout cover?
-I wanted it to be different than what everyone was used to seeing. Sitting on top of a mountain is an incredible feeling, it’s the top. That’s where I wish to one day be in the music industry.
Who are some of the people involved in the project?
-Mostly myself, I wrote and recorded everything on my own, but I couldn’t of done it without the help of various producers who offer their beats online.
You stated some bold words on track 3. What mood were you in when you recorded this?
-I was motivated for sure with that song. I want to bring change to the game and stand out. While most rappers boast about the club scene and being the center of attention I chose to go the other way with this track and put a lighter side on it. I tried to tell a small story of what a night out is like when I really party. There is the cockiness in the lyrics but for the most part it’s a joke, an overwhelming sense of confidence brought on from a night of drinking. Something that will make the listener relate or even be amused by if thats what it takes to gain their support.
Who has been your biggest influence in the music industry?
-J. Cole hands down. He is a true artist who can paint pictures with his lyrics, thats what I try to strive for.
What artist would you like to do a feature with?
-J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z. The list goes on forever, I’m such a big fan of so many artists it would be a great privilege to work with any of them.
What are your plans for the next 5 years and where do you see yourself?
-Hopefully making music. That’s what my passion is so to be able to keep working towards that is the ultimate goal. I would like to be able to do it for a living. That’s the dream anyways.
Any ventures outside of music?
-Just the regular 9 to 5, but always exploring for new ways to evolve.
How can the people get ahold of you?