MEB staffer Norman Brian Galang recently had the honor of interviewing Macy Kate from ABC’s hit TV-show Rising Star. The young 16-year-old singer was able to chat about her current state of mind, being the youngest artist on the show, how she picks which songs to perform, her new “Macy Kate Monday” vlog series, the best advice she ever got, how she met Sean Kingston, and much more!
Being a 16-year old upcoming singer on Rising Star, how would you describe your mind state right now?
I am super stoked!! I am the youngest on the show and love the contestants. It is really hard when someone goes home because we have all grown really close. I love being on the ABC set and would like to live there on the couches in the green room forever:) ABC has been so generous to us all and I am grateful to see the production side and professional side of the television industry. I come from a music/touring background and this is a whole new thing for me and I am like a sponge, learning as much as I can.
How do you pick and choose the songs you perform?
Well that is a great question. Song choice is SO important. I think it is different for every contestant, my method includes asking the questions: Is it pop/rock?….My genre?…Is it meaningful to me?….Can I relate to the song?…Do I like it?…How is it charting?…Finally, how do I sound in the song? I pick songs differently than others. I really try to think about what is relevant right now in the music industry and is the song true to me and what I like and the teen market.
Is it hard to soak up the moment?
Because I am a minor, my mom is here with me everywhere I go, so we constantly talk about how grateful we are to be here still, each week and we know it will end and that’s ok. I like listening to Ken Warwick speak. He is the Executive Producer of Rising Star and his advice is so valuable to me. He produced the very first American Idol and launched Kelly Clarkson‘s career. He found her in a bar in Texas and told her to audition! Ken takes time out of his crazy, busy day to listen to every contestant song, makes comments and has a personal relationship with each of us. That means a lot to me and I respect him greatly. He is someone special and very talented, as are his associate producers and entire production team. I love ’em all.
Your live performance is pretty impressive, how would you describe being on stage?
I am less nervous in front of 10,000 people LIVE than 3 or 4 people LIVE like in an audition. For some reason, I can feel a crowd’s energy when I perform and it makes me become this different person. I am a pretty laid back quiet individual, but when I get on stage, I become a different person and love to rock it.
What is the best advice you ever received?
An executive at Def Jam told me once that “you learn more from your failures than your successes,” [and] I believe that. I get so many more no’s than yes’s when I audition for stuff. It is an industry of rejection and you have to get used to it. Also, a voice coach in Atlanta told me, “never wait around for that call about your last audition.” Meaning, audition, go home, wake up and go on more auditions and do not wait around for that call. I do just that all the time.
I see you started “Macy Kate Mondays” which is your vlog series. Could you tell us more about that?
YAASS!! I decided to start a Vlog Section of my You Tube Channel. I had a lot of requests for make-up tutorials, clothing hauls, etc. So I upload these types of videos and hope one day to do some co-hosting on different channels and television.
And is fashion and make-up your second biggest passion?
Yes, you did your homework!! Music is my main, then fashion and make-up. I thought it would be cool to start a sub channel for just those two areas.
If you weren’t a singer, what would you be doing?
Something involving music for sure! I am a Junior in high school so going to college is important to me and I would probably seek a musically driven degree.
Who are some artists that you want to work with?
Ahhh, my favorite question. I would LOVE to work with Hayley Williams of Paramore, Avril Lavigne & Christina Aguilera. Producers would include Dr. Luke, Max Martin & Linda Perry.
How’d you meet Sean Kingston?
I met Sean through a producer named Drew Lane. Sean was super cool and liked that I rep Florida and that I have a different sound and work ethic than most 16-year-olds.
And I see you have a motto that you go by, which is “Fall Down Seven, Get Up Eight.” Why has that stuck with you and what does it mean to you?
The music business is tough and I write “Fall Down 7, Get Up 8” on my hands [for] every event or performance I attend. It’s a reminder to me that life can get difficult and I do not think there is enough recognition and/or reminders for teens that you should NEVER give up on a dream. And earning something in life is not instantaneous, it takes hard work, grinding it out and a lot of no’s. So 7/8 means no matter how tough life gets, or how bad your day is, pick yourself up, brush yourself off and keep going, no matter what and maybe that 8th try might change your life.
You also said 7 and 8 were your favorite numbers, why are those
Just special to me. :)
What can your fans look forward to in the future?
Wow, my dream is to get my music on the radio and inspire people to believe in themselves and play arena shows as a headliner one day. I have a ton of originals and hope to have the support and opportunity to sign with a major label and prove the doubters wrong, that a 16-year-old from Florida can rock it on the radio airwaves and tour the world.
The Mind Equals Blown staff would like to thank Macy Kate for giving us an awesome interview! Make sure you stay tuned to ABC this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. and catch Macy perform!
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