Dana Macleod Uses Different Music Styles and Genres to Create Something New in "Better Off"
Dana Macleod is a singer-songwriter from Vancouver who has released a Jazz album and a Contemporary Pop EP in the last two years. Dana has worked with world renounced musicians on her music and continues to push the boundaries of her style by fusing in different styles together to create something new.
Dana Macleod had recently released the guitar version of her record "Better Off" and it is a lovely tune that you'll be listening to again and again. The highlight here is Dana's incredible songwriting, nothing ever feels static in "Better Off". Whether it's her jazzy chord movements that spice things up, wonderful little licks, or her masterful lyric and melody writing this release will keep you on your toes. Within the instrumentation of this record is a lovely mellowed out guitar, a refreshingly punchy ethereal cajón, and Dana's lovely smooth honest voice. There are a lot of hidden ambient pulses that wash over your head during transitions that perfectly suites the atmosphere and story that is being created. The chorus of "Better Off" is such a feel-good experience that you won't be able to help yourself from swaying back and forth to the music; it will instantly connect with your soul.
Hello Dana Macleod! Welcome to BuzzMusic! We're loving "Better Off"! What was its songwriting and production process like?
The first song I ever wrote was “Better Off”. I started to write it after a difficult break-up. It was hard for me to stop over-thinking about the person I had been in a relationship with and it seemed like every time I closed my eyes I would think only about them.
Coping with the painful situation was hard and writing music became a really powerful outlet. I felt like it was the best means of channeling my emotions and it turned out to be very therapeutic. I began writing songs to creatively express what I was going through and to help me deal with the situation.
What had made you want to release a guitar version of "Better Off" versus just keeping the main? Is there a version you prefer?
I had previously recorded this song with a jazz trio which has quite a different feel and decided later that I wanted to record it with just guitar and cajon. I wanted to add some interesting vocal effects and give it different energy than it originally had. My attitude towards the song has changed quite a bit since I first started singing it. I now feel more of an empowered attitude towards it rather than solemn and sad. Rather than focus on a particular person or negative situation, the song now holds a positive and reassuring attitude that we will always be
OK and have the strength to handle whatever comes our way.
We heard that you had the chance to have world-class musicians on some of your projects, what was that like? Any interesting stories?
I was so fortunate to have some of the world's best musicians on my first jazz album. Khari Parker, Michael Manson, Max V, and Marqueal Jordan were all amazing to work with. I actually met them for the first time at the studio on the day of recording. We set up and recorded the entire album live in three hours. It was my first experience recording in a studio so I didn’t really know what to expect but we played through each song twice and that was it. It was a very pivotal and exciting day in my career.
With your upcoming album "Mirrors", how do you think the music on that will compare to what you have already put out there? How do you feel you have evolved as an artist since your first release?
The music in “mirrors” is so different than anything I have previously released. My first album was jazz, and then I recorded an EP which was more contemporary pop. I enjoy playing around with musical genres and writing lyrics that are relevant to whatever is happening in my life at the time. I wrote all the music and lyrics for the new album “Mirrors” that is coming out this spring. It is more of a high-energy pop album with electronic elements that reflect my current mood. I also produced and recorded all the tracks myself which made for a fun and challenging project. I am excited to share it with the world. I think a lot of people will find the songs relatable since it deals with relationships, growing, and even, in one song, points at the political climate in our society right now.
What can we expect to see from you throughout 2020?
I will be promoting the new album and music video this spring at various venues and on social media. The tour dates will be posted on my website soon. I will also be spending a lot of time at home writing and producing my next album.