Mac DeMarco commented on TikTok’s influence on the music industry, saying that he finds it “very depressing”.
DeMarco’s comments came in an interview with Variety about his new instrumental record, ‘Five Easy Hot Dogs’, in which he was asked if he was grateful to have broken into the pre-TikTok era. Although he said his songs tend to do well on the platform, he said he found it “strange” that artists sometimes write music designed for TikTok success, or think that going viral is the best way to earn. money.
“It’s very depressing. I think that’s the problem: artists have slipped into this role of, “Well, I need those things.” You don’t… but if you want to make money, I guess so,” she said. “I was always of the do-whatever-you-want-to-do kind of thing, and if the money comes later, it’s a bonus.
“A lot of my songs actually do pretty well on TikTok, but I never had to think, ‘Well, this should sound pretty good sped up!’ At the same time… what do people say? Get that bag, or whatever? Live your life how you want to live your life, I don’t give a damn,” he continued.
DeMarco added that he gets the impression that “kids don’t seem to like going on tour anymore.” He explained: “Going on tour was the greatest gift of life for me. You take a van with your friends and drive, party every night, share your music, see the weirdest parts of each city and meet other weird people. It’s like, ‘Would you like your life to become an adventure? Here you go.” And now people are like, ‘I’m so tired…’ I don’t want to sound like a grumpy old chap, but it’s weird!”
He then went on to talk about ‘Five Easy Hot Dogs’. “That’s why making this record felt pretty natural to me. It has its own weird little musical identity, and no ‘slap’, no ‘bangers’. It just is what it is. I love music. I love recording music. I love listening to music. And I don’t need extra luggage to come with it. It is a very simple pleasure to be alive. Maybe I’m getting a little too poetic…”
‘Five Easy Hot Dogs’ was released yesterday (January 20).