Paul Mac is considered one of Australia’s greatest and most influential musicians. From his days with Itchee and Scratchee to his collaboration with Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns, the Sydney resident knows music and loves to create sounds that don’t always fit into pigeonholes.
So it comes as no surprise the maestro has lent his considerable talen to the soundtrack for the film Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger which tracks the trials and tribulations of a young girl trying to fit in at a new school.
Although artists like Missy Higgins and Chasing Bailey are featured on the soundtrack, it is Mac’s digital single The Only One that’s creating the biggest buzz.
Mac told SSO he was inspired to write the song after watching the film and reliving his high school experience.
I think when I handed in the song they really liked it and it was an idea that it would be a reccurring theme throughout because there are moments in the film that reinforce where the character was at and the music helps achieve that, he said.
It was fun to play around with the song. I write from experience and you’ve got to find some common ground.
For me, when I was at high school, I didn’t really fit in – nor was comfortable with myself. Once I started writing the lyrics it was very much me.
Mac said the soundtrack’s title track was inspired by the fact that at times he thought he was the only one in the village when growing up.
Another of his songs skyrocketing on the ARIA charts is the very popular Naughty Girl by Mr. G.
I wanted to give it an old school feel with everything starting with an E, Mac said.
It has this rave-like feel about it which resembles the time when ecstasy first came onto the scene. Chris Lilly was so funny to work with and the end result is fantastic.
In the meantime, he is working on a film score and lying low to work on a new album that is yet to get a confirmed release date. Make sure you check out his website for more details.
Info: For more information on Paul Mac visit www.paulmac.com.au