Mac Miller Addresses Alternate Personas, Says His New Music Isn't More Personal

posted Saturday August 10 ,2013 at 11:38AM CDT | 7 comments

Mac Miller Addresses Alternate Personas, Says His New Music Isn't More Personal

Mac Miller touches on the Larry Fisherman and Larry Lovestein personas, and says "Watching Movies with the Sound Off" isn't a drastic shift for him.

Hip Hop has long been known for the use of alternate personas in artists such as Eminem, Wu-Tang Clan, DMX, and others.

In an interview with HardKnockTV, Mac Miller discussed his use of the creative tool, starting with his "Larry Fisherman" persona, under which he released the instrumental mixtape Run-On Sentences Vol. 1.

"I like creating these characters because I feel like the identity of Mac Miller is... to me, I don't even know who 'Mac Miller the Artist' is, like what I represent, what I stand for. The thing I like about these characters is I feel like I can bring all these pieces of myself and emphasize them," explained Mac.

"Larry Fisherman represents the part of me that's a completely nasty studio rat," he elaborated. "In reality, I'm a pretty gross human being. I don't shower until like 9:30 PM, right before I go on stage. When I'm in the studio, I'll just go weeks straight. So that's the studio rat aspect of me."

Mac was also asked about the "Larry Lovestein" persona, under which he released the You EP in 2012.

"I'm also a big softy at heart," he explained, smiling. "I think everyone always knew that. I don't think I ever really gave off the tough vibe. But there's that side of me as well. Larry Lovestein is...I've kinda have always had this random fantasy of being a seventy-year-old Lounge Jazz singer with a hairy chest that I always show to people, and a thick 'stache, because I can grow facial hair everywhere beside the mustache. Pisses me the fuck off. Why can't I grow a nice, illustrious 'stache? So Larry Lovestein is kinda that, the old-fashioned, classic Jazz singer guy."

Finally, Miller spoke about Watching Movies with the Sound Off, his second studio album, and how it was as personal as his earlier works. "This is the funny thing: everywhere I go, I hear people talk about this huge shift and change in music. 'Oh, you never touched on anything in your music before, and you're suddenly [doing that].' I think that the difference was that this one just had more of it."

"All that music was always there; it just never took up the majority of the album. I think this one's a little more like that. I think I'm just getting more comfortable with the idea of an album not having all these singles that are things that lead to albums but having these pieces  in there. Which is cool."

Watch the interview below:

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  • johnny blaze
    dudes got skill, you wouldnt hear his name everywhere if he didnt. I mean cmon, this kid is an independent artist. he doesnt have some huge record label backing him and doin the work for him, he does it himself. fuck yall that hate for no reason, fuckin weirdos
    • Anonymous
      Why are you lying? Its already known that he works with ex major label a&r that pull strings to get him on radio and MTV. Theres nothing skillful or d.i.y. about this hip hop barnacle.
  • fuc wac
    poor wac.. he's just so wack, he cant help it
  • Buggin'out
    wac miller, ain't nobody taking you seriously .
  • JEWS SUCK MY DICK
    FUCK JEWS
  • ola dioss
    i support all artist who are doing well for themselves. congrats for Mac Millers success, however for some reason I can't seem to gravitate towards him, it always comes off as a little bit forced and trying a little too hard to be different which makes it the same if that makes sense
  • FlyQ the Anchor
    Hey you! I'm even ashamed anymore cause folks are listening to my shit when I do this. Check me out if you want, or don't whatever. DISCLAIMER: I DONT MAKE GANGSTER RAP OR TALK ABOUT COKE I HAVENT SOLD this song is about not making up my mind and shit https://soundcloud.com/theanchor/coulda-been flyqtheanchor@gmail.com to work with me