Q&A with producer Miro Mackie

By September 15, 2017

Introducing producer Miro Mackie now based in L.A
Available for collaboration worldwide
Recent works include Cold War Kids and Bishop Briggs, St. Vincent, WAAX, Jeremy Neale + more

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MIRO MACKIE is a living, breathing example of that age-old concept of following your dreams. On a whim, he recenty moved to Los Angeles and immediately set to work. He’d only just completed work on an EP for WAAX, an album for Jeremy Neale and some material with a new artist called Royal & The Southern Echo yet fell quickly into some unsurpassable opportunities the moment he landed in Los Angeles. Long-term friend and collaborator Lars Stalfors (of The Mars Volta) threw him immediately into the deep end, where he has quickly achieved credits on releases from St. Vincent, Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs, and more (who we can’t mention just yet). The results are remarkable.

More from Miro’s international working adventures soon to come soon, but for now – please know that he is available for mixing worldwide and he will sporadically come home to indulge some projects…

But rather than indulging management hyperbole, I thought I’d ask Miro a few questions and let him explain himself…

You’ve moved to Los Angeles – why the move and how is it going?
After coming here for the first time in 2012 I felt a real connection to LA, the people and the culture. I was also lucky enough to find a mentor here and ever since I’ve wanted to move out to develop my skills as a producer and work with all the incredibly talented people that are around all the time. I’m also quite into food and the scene here is AMAZING. Let’s be honest, that’s the real reason behind the move…….

What’s your set-up over there currently?
Initially I’ve been mostly freelancing out of a number of studios around LA. I also have a production room where I am doing writing and mixing. Most music here is made with a laptop & everyone’s setup tends to be very mobile, a studio can be wherever you happen to be.

Have you completed any exciting work since you landed there?
I’ve been working with two amazing producers, John Hill (BANKS, Florence + the Machine, Santigold, MIA) and Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids, Health, Matt & Kim) and I’m learning so much every day we spend in the studio together. Writing is also a big thing here and I am really enjoying working with bunch of writers and artists on song inception and helping to shape things from the ground up.

What’s your proudest work moment of the last six months or so?
I’m really proud of my work with WAAX. Making their EP was such a process of growth for their band. We tried lots of new things in the studio and they were amazingly open with new ideas and totally fearless creatively, as a producer you can’t ask for any more than that.I’m also pretty psyched for Jeremy Neale to start releasing some new music we’ve been working on together for the last 18 months.

What work of yours is out and about and firing in the real world right now?
The WAAX EP came out pretty recently and the first new material from Jeremy Neale has just been released with a full-length album in November. And I have also been working with a really exciting new artist called Royal & The Southern Echo who has some new music out.

The sessions you worked with Lars on Cold War Kids and Bishop Briggs look incredible – what was the feeling in the studio while those remarkable vocals were being laid down?
It was a pretty electric atmosphere actually. Both artists are very dynamic singers. They were just riffing a lot of the time and could come with magic at any moment which kept me on my toes! The studio was a buzz with camera people, band members, string players and studio guys so it was a big challenge to manage it all and get what we needed.

I’ve chills as I ask this and can’t quite form intelligent words, but how on earth was it working with Annie Clark on the new St. Vincent album?
Pretty surreal, it took me a couple of days to adjust! Annie was amazing though and very easy to work with.

Name-dropping moment, after all you are living in the city of angels – what’s the biggest name you’ve managed to rub shoulders with?
My ‘fanboy’ moments usually occur in the food world so it would have to be meeting Roy Choi, look him up!!!!

LISTEN:
MIRO MACKIE’S SELECTED WORKS ON SOUNDCLOUD

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WATCH + LISTEN:
WAAX – ‘WILD & WEAK’

WATCH + LISTEN:
COLD WAR KIDS FEAT. BISHOP BRIGGS – ‘SO TIED UP (LOS FELIZ BLVD)’

WATCH + LISTEN:
JEREMY NEALE – ‘DANCIN’ AND ROMANCIN”