Mac Gollehon is no stranger to the music industry, brushing shoulders with some of the musical greats -- you might have heard of David Bowie and Miles Davis? (If not, stop reading now and go search out their amazing music now!). Bringing us a beautiful Latin EDM sound on their new self-titled album, Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics are building their musical empire one impressive brick at a time.
PopWrapped: As far as band names go, yours has to be one of the most entertaining. How did you choose this particular name?
Mac Gollehon: The Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics name came about twenty years ago. One of the bandleaders I was working with asked me if I knew any replacement percussionists, as he was not happy with his at the time. I said 'I have just the right guy. I call him the Hispanic Mechanic -- he can fix anything.' The bandleader liked the name and just kept the same percussionist and started introducing him as the Hispanic Mechanic on stage. Fast forward 20 years, I was leading my band in a tribute to Ray Barreto & Celia Cruz at Ginny's Supperclub, and the MC couldn’t get my name right, so I told him to announce us as the Hispanic Mechanics. The packed house responded to this very well, and the name stuck.
PW: How did the band form, and how long have you been together?
MG: A basis for the band started when I became bandleader for The Cotton Club Latin Allstars for three years in 2011.
PW: What does your song-writing process look like?
MG: I still write music on paper -- no piano, no computer -- and usually on a bus, subway, plane, or on my way somewhere.
PW: Where do you gather your inspiration from?
MG: Inspiration comes from all over, and many times has nothing to do with anything I am involved in at the present time. I tend to derive conceptions -- sort of an escape mechanism from my present tense. Maybe a bit unconventional at times, but I can edit to make it fit to the current time if needed. Inspiration often references past and future tense for me; it seems more fun that way for me.
PW: How did you team up with True Groove Records?
MG: Around two years ago, James Chance was doing a release CD event and called me for it. True Groove Allstars were the labels house band. That was where I became re-acquainted with producer Tomás Doncker and began playing on his sessions. For several months, we discussed various conceptions leading to the production of Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics, produced by Tomás Doncker, James Dellacatoma, and myself.
PW: Your current single, “No More Drama,” is a great choice for a single. What made you choose this one over the others?
MG: “No More Drama” was picked as the kickoff for the CD mainly because the horns in the intro sound like a strong announcement of a high magnitude event. That intro could easily be the new NFL theme.
PW: At this point in your music career, what are some of your most memorable highlights?
MG: There have been so many memorable highlights that it would be difficult to single out any particular thing, but I will say that I can’t imagine that all the amazing artists, friends, and travels would have happened for me without the involvement of music in my life.
PW: What advice do you have for any new musicians looking to make an album?
MG: I would recommend to anyone -- from a newcomer to a veteran musician -- to pursue their real intentions for their musical purpose. Be real, not a poser, or what you hope will get you over. The time is now for a musical take on the essence of emotion and expression and not just a commercial marketing entity going for the elusive sure bet. In the long run, your rewards to yourself will be greater.
PW: How long did your self-titled album take to make?
MG: The actual recording and mixing of this CD did not take very much time to do, but that was probably due to the two to three months of planning between producers before even going into the studio.
PW: Lastly, and thank you for your time: do you have any news that you would like to share with your fans?
MG: Come see our live shows, and we will put your ears in high gear. Get ready for takeoff!