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Mac DeMarco says he's been "writing songs" but doesn't want to release an album during the pandemic

22 December 2020, 14:39 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Mac DeMarco has revealed to Julian Casablancas that although he's been "writing songs", he hasn't got any plans to release an album while the coronavirus pandemic is still around.

In a new interview for Interview Magazine, Julian Casablancas chatted to Mac DeMarco about horoscopes, Train (the band), and the COVID-19 pandemic.

After listing some artists he likes (Jerry Paper, Drugdealer, Snail Mail), DeMarco discussed his own outlook on making music during the pandemic, "It’s weird right now. We’ve got this coronavirus bullshit. People ask, "Oh, you must be making all of these records." And it’s like, "No, I haven’t." There’s a block for me. I need things with definite ends."

He added, "I’ve been writing songs, but the idea of doing a full record and then the idea of that record coming out in the middle of a pandemic digitally only, and then there’s no prospect of ever performing these things unless it’s on a live stream or something, I’m worried we’re going to come out of coronavirus, and there’s going to be 9,000 albums that are all like, [Singing] "Oh quarantine, baby, baby." I’m not there for that."

DeMarco also discussed some of the jobs he had before he could become a full-time musician, "I had a long laundry list of strange jobs before I didn’t have to work them any more, because we were on tour all the time. I worked at a grocery store. I did landscaping. I was doing medical tests for a while at these universities. I did early childhood education for a while."

Yesterday (21 December) DeMarco released a cover of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".

Read the full interview with Julian Casablancas and Mac DeMarco at
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