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Watch Mac DeMarco Live the Indie-Rock Dream

Alt-easy-listening poster boy shows ‘Rolling Stone’ oceanside home, talks songwriting process, plays sold-out show

Impish indie-rock prince Mac DeMarco treks from the relaxing oceanside edge of Far Rockaway, New York, to a sold-out show in front of a sea of faces at Manhattan’s Webster Hall in our day-in-the-life mini documentary.

When not on tour, DeMarco leads an unsurprisingly easygoing life: He rolls out of bed, tries to remember to brush his teeth, drinks some coffee, makes breakfast and, if he’s got somewhere to be, hops in the shower. “If I don’t,” he says, “why shower?”

It’s a dream DeMarco has been living for several years now. He received his first record advance — a cool $1,000 — while working the night shift at a grocery store in Montreal, but didn’t quit until he began touring. “I never looked for a job after that,” he says. “That would be crazy now, to go and look for a job.”

DeMarco notably writes, demos and records completely by himself in a home studio. When he’s in the throes of putting together an album, he says he writes a song per day. “It’s just like a gut thing where you’re like, ‘I just gotta do it — I don’t know why I gotta do it, but I gotta do it,'” DeMarco says.

While DeMarco admits he once felt pressure to write songs that were akin to older efforts with wide acclaim, he says he quickly realized that was counter to why he began making music in the first place. “I try not to pay much mind to it,” he says. “If people want to listen to my music, then that’s fine. If they don’t then that’s also fine. It doesn’t matter; it’s just music.”

It may only be rock & roll, but as footage of his gig at Webster Hall shows, both DeMarco and the kids still like it. Look for the artist on his in-progress international tour— in support of recent mini LP Another One — which continues through mid-November.

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