Mark McCafferty prefers alone time during the writing process. He credits the late Mac Miller as a true influence in sound and process. These are just two of many factors that make the young artist one of South Jersey's most unique. His uncanny ability to pivot between melodics and dense, layered rhyming prove he is ahead of his years—and with an EP on the way—it seems as though there is no where to go but up for McCafferty.
This past weekend, I sat down with Mark to discuss Mac Miller, his writing process, a new EP on the way and more in an exclusive interview with Burbs Entertainment.
Can you recall for me an album that first sparked your interest in pursuing music? Why this particular album?
I would probably have to say Kids by Mac Miller—when he dropped "Kool-Aid and Frozen Pizza,” I was mesmerized. I just fell in love with the game and how it works, and my love for music went completely upwards. After finding out about him and everything he did, as well as where he’s from [Pittsburgh, PA] it just lined up really well—I was inspired.
When a new listener hears one of your records for the first time, what do you think is the first comparison that runs through their head?
As far as a comparison goes—I would probably have to say maybe Skizzy Mars. I think our sound is very similar in terms of the harmonizing, the creative melodies and the true lyrics—being true to yourself. Skizzy Mars is definitely best comparison.
Melodies seem to be a really important part of your music—when I was listening to “Lost” and “Expecting A Call,” one of the things that I noticed was your ability to flip back and forth between melodies and polished bars. Are you aware of this versatility during the creation process?
Yeah, I cherish that specific aspect a lot when I'm writing. I try to envision myself as a listener and deal with my writing process in that manner—really focusing on spreading a good message and relating to people above all else.
What can we expect from BLUEM—your upcoming EP?
You can expect themes about growth in life. When you first hear it, you’ll instantly know that it's something that took a long time— a project that took a lot of work and patience from a writing standpoint. I just want to paint the perfect picture to paint for people—while throwing the listener into real-life situations.
What would you consider to be unique about your creative process? This is a question I feel I need to ask every artist I speak with.
First thing is I’m not a freestyler. I love writing my stuff and being able to sit down and trying to paint the right picture for people to understand as best as possible. I think the number one thing with me is that I could sit in my room and just go on for hours and write and write and write—and then find a beat that goes along well with it— making it all mesh together to sound its best. I think that it's different— ‘cause most artists like to go to the studio and just hear it live. I've actually just recently gotten the opportunity to start doing that with a good friend of mine, Nickyboyleo—he's from Buena, New Jersey and has his own studio. He’s a genius when it comes to music, and I just recently sat in on a session with him and started writing to the beat that was being created while I was listening to it, you know what I mean? I'm not an artist that usually does that, I'm usually by myself and trying to send a specific message in my lyrics.
That's a super interesting concept—the differences between working in the studio with a group of people versus writing by yourself.
Yea, and I don't hate that process—you know what I mean—I'm just still getting used to it and breaking myself in with working off the top-of-the-head. I don't like to rush my work, you get me?
I asked your brother the same question, but I’d like to get your take on it as well—what would you say is the weakest facet of your skillset?