Mac Rose

FRESH: ‘I Need This’ – Mac Rose

Mac Rose says “I Need This”

Dublin-based trap-pop singer/songwriter/producer Mac Rose has released a passionate new single, “I Need This”. With pristine production, thoughtful lyrics, and a stuck-in-your-head hook, Mac Rose tells the story of being vulnerable in love. Rock- influenced guitar sounds, quick hi-hats and deep bass create a pulsating beat below intricately layered vocals. Mac Rose’s strong, emotive vocals quickly transition between wistful and fierce.

He tells us “Hill Kidd sent me the bones of a sombre, hopeful beat. I remember listening to it and replying to him saying “I need this!” and right away started writing lyrics. The song is about relying on someone, needing someone. Even though there’s shit involved and things aren’t always good, you still need everything they give you. At the end of the day it’s worth it, and you would do anything for the other person”.

The beat was made by Hill Kidd, with further production, vocal recording, mixing, and mastering by Mac Rose. Mac has released several successful singles, and his music has been compared to that of Khalid, Post Malone, and XXXTENTACION. Mac Rose is influenced by the modern wave of grunge/pop/trap that’s sweeping charts around the world. This mix of genres is audible in “I Need This”.

Born in England and raised in Ireland, Mac Rose spent his teen years listening to grunge, rock, and learning to play a variety of instruments. He studied mathematics for two years in Maynooth, as well as two years of songwriting at BIMM Dublin, while being a part of several different bands and projects in various genres. His musical interests ventured into rap and trap, and he started producing. He says “Digging into production let me fully take control of the songwriting process and express my ideas more authentically”. His releases have amassed over 65,000 streams on spotify, and he has a growing and loyal social media fan base. Go Mac!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!