Ahead of her massive feature at Brisbane Festival’s Closing Night, Meg Mac was kind enough to answer our Savvy Seven questions! With a massive lineup of Aussie favourites such as WAAX, Methyl Ethel, and Violent Soho, Meg is up there with some top-notch Australian musicians closing off the amazing festivities that graced the hustle and bustle of the inner city over the past few weeks. What better way to get ready for Riverfire then to start off with some amazing tunes!
Read on to see who inspires this chart-topper, and what not to do before a show…
Who was your first musical inspiration? Why? Who inspires you now?
I remember hearing Ray Charles sing when I was really young and his voice and the way he sang really got to me. Since then I have been hooked on the voices that can get to me like that – so a lot of the time that’s soul music.
What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour?
On my first tour, I’d forget every night to write my setlist. We’d be about to go on and I’d realise I’d done it again – rushing around last minute trying to find scraps of paper and sharpies.
What has been one of the most defining moments in your career?
I’ll never forget the email letting me know my song was going to be played on the radio for the first time. That moment was probably better than actually hearing it on air.
How has your music practice changed over time?
I’m not scared anymore. I used to feel safe with my piano in a dark room and was afraid to write music in any other way.
I’ll try anything now, at the moment I like picking up instruments I don’t know how to play & writing songs.
My top business tip for new artists is…
You’re not an idiot if you don’t know what you’re doing, no one knows until they know.
My biggest career mistake has been… What would you do differently now?
Believing what someone else said about me – that’s a mistake I’m sure everyone has made in their life. You can lose who you are so easy.
In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is… What do you think can change that?
Whatever happens, nothing can stop people from making music – that’ll never change.
After reading this sage advice why not head over to our Savvy Seven archives to see what other like-minded artists have to say about their experience in the music industry!