Mac DeMarco is a Canadian
musician born in Duncan, British Columbia
He was raised in Edmonton
but moved to Vancouver
after graduating high school. He is now based in Montreal
. Formerly recording as Makeout Videotape, he has produced two solo albums, Rock and Roll Nightclub and 2
His style has been described as “slacker rock”.
He is a multi-instrumentalist as well as a multimedia artist.
After DeMarco graduated from high school in Edmonton, Alberta in 2008, he moved to Vancouver, BC. Living in the Killarney neighbourhood, he released a self-produced album, Heat Wave, calling himself Makeout Videotape. The album sold out its 500-unit run. DeMarco worked on "psychedelic" video projects during this time. He was joined by Alex Calder and Jen Clement, signed to Unfamiliar Records, and toured with Vancouver band Japandroids in 2009.
In 2012, DeMarco moved to Montreal and began recording as a solo artist. Failing to find work as a musician, he participated in medical experiments for money
and worked on a road paving
In early 2012, he released an EP titled Rock and Roll Nightclub. The four-track-recorded album features skits
and slowed-down vocals.
It impressed his new label, Captured Tracks
, enough that they agreed to release a full-length album.
This release, entitled 2, was received well by critics, garnering a “Best New Music” designation from Pitchfork Media.
DeMarco has mentioned Shuggie Otis
, Steely Dan
, and Jonathan Richman
as favourite artists.
His guitar-based compositions have moved from glam
-inspired works to what reviewers describe as “off-kilter pop”.
DeMarco has labelled his style as “jizz jazz.”
He uses a guitar he bought for 30 Canadian dollars when he was sixteen years old and effects pedals
he believes "no serious musician would ever use".
DeMarco's live shows have been described as "raunchfests",
with the musician engaging the audience with off-colour jokes.
His shows can involve nudity and lewd acts.
Asked why he engages in behaviour onstage that doesn't necessarily relate to his musical style, DeMarco said,"[i]f we're getting all loose and goofy, the crowd usually lightens up and starts having a funkier time."