Page 9 - ION Indie Magazine JULYAUG 2024
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Marty Haviik: Hey Mark, let’s catch up. It’s been a couple of years since
                    I last saw you perform at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona. Tell our
                    readers a little bit about who you are and how you got started in music.

                    Mark MacKay: Hey, Marty! Yeah, always good to hang with you again. We’ve
                    just been hammering the road since that show in Tucson and playing all over
                    the country. For those of you that don’t know me, I’ve been touring for the last
                    several years. We’ve released a bunch of EPs and singles since 2018 and I
                    live in Nashville. I started in Hollywood but ended up in Nash. My parents
                    made me take piano lessons when i was a little kid and the rest is history.

                    MH: What do you have going on now?

                    MM: We are about to embark on a pretty massive summer tour across the

                    country. We are opening for everyone from Everclear and Night Ranger to
                    Joe Nichols and Gary Allan -- rock and country. We just finished up a new
                    record that is a monster. I don’t know the release date, but it’s coming soon,1
                    and it is amazing. I think it’s the best representation of me and my music since
                    this journey began.

                    MH: Do you have a specific writing process? How do you decide to write

                    your music or cover another artist’s song?

                                                MM: I have always written music my whole life. I still
                                                write all the time. I was just in Chicago writing some

                                                songs  with  Jim  Peterik  (‘Eye  Of  The  Tiger’).  I  love
                                                collaboration.  That  being  said,  I  also  love  recording
                                                songs that I didn’t write too. May the best song win!
                                                Sometimes someone sends me something and I just
                                                believe it needs to be in my universe.

                                                MH: How  have  your  music  influences  changed

                                                from  your  start  in  music  to  the  present?  Who

                                                would you say are your influencers today?

                                                MM: That’s a great question, because that comes full
                                                circle,  when  you  do  this  for  a  while.  I  grew  up  asa
                                                classic  rock  guitar  player,  and  I  loved  watching  the
                                                blues  guys  --  like  Stevie Ray  and  Eric  Clapton,  etc.
                                                That was the music that was playing in the house when
                                                I was a kid. That being said, I fell in love with country
                                                music  a  decade  ago.  It  was  like  rock  with  a  banjo.
                                                NOW as I’ve toured with so many people and written
                                                with so many people, I think my music truly leans into
                                                the stuff that I was so influenced by in the beginning -
                                                -  like  Tom  Petty  and  the  Heartbreakers  or  Jackson
                                                Brown, for example.

                                                                                  Photo credit: Marty Haviik
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