Mac DeMarco

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Mac DeMarco
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Mac DeMarco performing at Gothic Theatre in 2014
Background information
Birth name Vernor Winfield Macbriare Smith IV
Born (1990-04-30) April 30, 1990 (age 25)
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
Origin Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • Guitar
  • vocals
  • bass
  • drums
  • keyboards
Years active 2008-present
  • Unfamiliar
  • Captured Tracks
Associated acts

Macbriare Samuel Lanyon "Mac" DeMarco (born Vernor Winfield Macbriare Smith IV, April 30, 1990) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is best known for his solo career, during which he has released three full-length studio albums, Rock and Roll Night Club (2012), 2 (2012), and Salad Days (2014). His style has been described as "blue wave",[3] “slacker rock”,[4] or self-described by DeMarco as "jizz jazz".[5][6]

Life and career[edit]

Mac DeMarco was born on April 30, 1990 in Duncan, British Columbia, and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. During high school he was in several bands, including The Meat Cleavers, The Sound of Love and Outdoor Miners (named after a song by English rock band Wire).[7][8] His great-grandfather is Vernor Smith, Alberta's former Minister of Railways and Telephones, for whom DeMarco was named.[8] His mother later changed his name to Macbriare Samuel Lanyon DeMarco.[8]

After DeMarco graduated from high school in Edmonton in 2008, he moved to Vancouver.[9] Living in the Killarney neighbourhood, he released a self-produced album, Heat Wave, calling himself Makeout Videotape in 2009. The album sold out its 500-unit run.[10] DeMarco worked on "psychedelic" video projects during this time.[9] He was joined by Alex Calder and Jen Clement, signed to Unfamiliar Records, and toured with Vancouver band Japandroids in 2009.[9] In 2011, DeMarco moved from Vancouver to Montreal to begin recording as a solo artist. Failing to find work as a musician, he participated in medical experiments for money[11] and worked on a road paving crew.[12] In early 2012, he released an EP titled Rock and Roll Nightclub. The four-track-recorded album features skits and slowed-down vocals.[11] It impressed his new label, Captured Tracks, enough that they agreed to release a full-length album.[11] This release, entitled 2, was received well by critics, garnering a “Best New Music” designation from Pitchfork Media.[13] One of his songs, "Moving Like Mike",[14] was licensed by U.S. retail outlet Target for a commercial.[11]

On January 21, 2014, DeMarco announced the release of his upcoming second album, Salad Days, along with debuting the lead single "Passing Out Pieces." The record was released on April 1, 2014,[15] and again received the "Best New Music" designation from Pitchfork.[16] It was a shortlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize.[17] Captured Tracks has announced a subscription series called "The Wonderful World of Mac DeMarco 7" Club Vol. 1". Subscribers will receive two 7" records every six to eight weeks containing various recordings by DeMarco.[18]

DeMarco made his fourth talk show appearance when he performed the song "Let Her Go" on Conan on March 30, 2015.[19] On April 22, 2015, DeMarco announced the release of an upcoming mini album titled Another One, due for release on August 7, 2015, in addition to a video depicting the making of Another One.[20] On May 11, 2015, Captured Tracks released the first single of Another One, titled "The Way You'd Love Her".[21]

On July 8 2015, DeMarco released a 9 track instrumental album titled Some Other Ones and called it a "BBQ soundtrack".[22] Later that evening, he hosted a listening party in New York City (where DeMarco is currently based) for fans to hear Another One, where fans could get free hot dogs if they donated to a food bank.[23]


DeMarco has mentioned Shuggie Otis, Steely Dan, Yellow Magic Orchestra and Jonathan Richman as favourite artists.[24] His guitar-based compositions have moved from glam-inspired works to what reviewers describe as “off-kilter pop”.[11]

Live band personnel[edit]

DeMarco performing at Austin City Limits in 2014
Current members
  • Mac DeMarco – vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Andrew Charles White – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2014–present)
  • Pierce McGarry – bass, backing vocals (2012–present)
  • Joe McMurray – drums (2012–present)
Former Members
  • Peter Sagar – guitar (2012-2014)


Studio albums

With Makeout Videotape

  • Heat Wave (2009)
  • Eating Like A Kid (2010)
  • Boss Yeye (2010)
  • Eyeballing (2010)
  • Ying Yang (2010)


  1. ^ a b Lynch, Marley (February 21, 2013). "FYF 2013 artist spotlight: Mac DeMarco". Time Out. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Mapes, Jillian (April 1, 2014). "Mac DeMarco is the Slacker With a Heart of Gold on the Endearing 'Salad Days'". Spin. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ Still in Rock - Brooklyn based Music Blog: Album Review : Mac DeMarco - 2 (Blue Wave)
  4. ^ Whelan, Alex. "Mac DeMarco's new record shines with its Montreal roots". Arizona Daily Wildcat. University of Arizona. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Lindsay, Cam. "Mac DeMarco". Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
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  7. ^ Hoby, Hermoine (March 22, 2014). "Mac DeMarco: 'I live like a scumbag, but it's cheap'". Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c Sharp, Elliott (October 29, 2013). "The Big Story: 2 Sketchy Days With Mac DeMarco". Red Bull. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c Thomas, Fred. "Biography". Mac DeMarco. Allmusic. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Fumano, Dan. "Makeout Videotape". Discorder. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d e Traynor, Cian. "Interview: Mac DeMarco". The Stool Pigeon. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Kimbasha, Michelle. "Freaking Out The Neighbourhood: Mac DeMarco". Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Hockley-Smith, Sam. "Mac DeMarco - 2". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  14. ^ Mac DeMarco: Rock and Roll Night Club EP | Album Reviews | Pitchfork
  15. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Mac DeMarco Details New Album "Salad Days," Shares "Passing Out Pieces"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Hogan, Mark (April 1, 2014). "Mac DeMarco Salad Days". Pitchfork Media. 
  17. ^ "Arcade Fire, Drake, Shad make Polaris Music Prize short list". CTV News, July 15, 2014.
  18. ^ Minsker, Evan (March 1, 2014). "Mac DeMarco Announces 7" Subscription Series". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
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  23. ^ Minsker, Evan (July 7, 2015). "Mac DeMarco Throwing Listening Party and BBQ in Brooklyn Tomorrow". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  24. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Mac DeMarco". Guest Lists. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
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