Erick Macek :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

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Keep Art Alive :: Photo by Lauren Hillary

Keep Art Alive :: The 10 Questions Project :: Featuring Erick Macek

1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?

I’ve recently realized that inspiration comes easily to me. Music is practically a life line of sorts, so I’m always looking for something new to listen to. I am inspired by just about any genre of music. I don’t listen to heavy metal or screaming music much, but I was raised in an eastern European household, so polka music was very “normal“. Needless to say, I’ve been a kid in a candy store most of my life trying to catch up for lost times with genres like blues, country, jazz, reggae, classical among many others. Bands such as Dave Matthews Band, influenced me greatly early on in my music days with their effortless jams, and hints of blues, mixed with bluegrass with a sense of African culture that I found myself attracted to. Other bands that influence me at the moment are bands like Citizen Cope, Paul Simon, Zac Brown Band, Buddy Holly, G-Love, Ella Fitzgerald and scat in general. So many to name, but I feel like this is just the tip of the iceberg.

2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)?

Hmm, this is a tough one. Hypothetically speaking, I’d invite Wolfgang Mozart, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Jesus. I have a lot of questions to ask them, lol.

But in a more modern realm of thinking, I need to laugh, be motivated, and have fun, so I’m inviting Eddie Murphy, Tony Robbins, and Dave Matthews.

3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

My instinct wants to say Captain Crunch, but I don’t know if I can forgive the cuts on the top of my mouth! (haha) I don’t eat much cereal these days, and if so, it’s healthy, blah. But I remember the excitement of choosing a cereal as a kid. Honestly, I always wanted the cereal with the best toy. (the octopus that you threw against the wall and it crawled down. Oh yea, that was a toy!) It was rare for my mom to say ok to sugar, but I always had my eye on fruity pebbles and cookie crisp.

4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?

I have a very serene room setup that I like, but nothing to write home about. I have Ikea shelves with lots of dark brown, light blue, and tan color schemes going on. Lots of earth tones and things like rocks in a vase, abstract art, and a minimalistic approach in general. Being a graphic designer, I think I naturally have a secret love for interior design and fashion as well.

5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?

The smell of nothing from trying to “scratch/sniff” Mr. Yuck stickers, lol. (remember those?) But on a more serious note. I’ve been an athlete all my life, and actually a semi-professional athlete following in my fathers foot steps. There’s something about fresh cut grass that reminds me of the game of soccer. The hard work, dedication, the allergies, the memories, the goals, the sweat, the injuries, the fatigue. I spent a lot of childhood, and life on grass.

6. Coffee or tea?

Tea, by far. I actually don’t drink coffee at all. (I know, rare, huh)

7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?

I’ve had a variety of compliments and criticisms in my life. One compliment I remember is having a conversation with a stranger, and during our conversation, she told me “You are that good!” You know, sometimes it’s just great to get a compliment from someone you do not know at all. I’ve also had a good friend of mine in the radio world tell me that I’m one of the hardest working musicians she knows.

I also remember the compliments that Adam Levine and Blake Shelton told me when I was on the Voice. Both Adam, and Blake told me that they wouldn’t change a thing about me, and to keep doing what I’m doing. Blake went on to say that I have a James Taylor quality about my voice that he likes.

And as far as criticism? Early in my career I was compared a lot to Jason Mraz, even to one specific anonymous email telling me, “there’s already a Jason Mraz, don’t quit your day job.”  Then, with the popularity and exposure of the Voice, you have to make sure you can handle criticism. I would say 98% of the feedback was positive, but I had some not-so-nice things that were said about me, including a Rolling Stone writer summing up my performance saying I was boring and that maybe they should ship my parents back to Russia. Umm, my parents were born in Slovakia, which has nothing to do with Russia. However, my fan base didn’t hesitate to write him with their own choice words, haha. It’s one thing to attack me personally, but another to attack family.

I’ve learned a lot on this musical journey. I also know that it’s my choice to keep going, so I know I have to take the good with the bad. Music is my absolute passion, so I have no hesitations in this journey. I’m in a good place enjoying the moments in creating my story.

8. Three words that describe you?

Passionate. Determined. Optimistic.

9. What is/was your cartoon character crush?

I was a HUGE G.I. Joe fan growing up, and remember liking Scarlet. However, I also remember “Jessica Rabbit” changing the game for me in regards to cartoon crushes.

10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?

Three More Days by Ray LaMontagne (ha, the optimism, and the irony)

Three More Days :: Ray LaMontagne

I’ve always loved this song, Erick. Have you ever covered it?

To learn more about Erick Macek’s music just spin on over here and check out his website, where you can pick up one of his 3 great albums and get some keen merchandise (the tee-shirts are the best), you can listen to more of his music, find out about his adventure on The Voice, and see if you can catch any live shows near you. Remember to support the arts, help keep them alive, and if you can check out a show or buy something, do it, show your support!

You can also friend/follow/listen/repin/keep track of Erick via the usual Social Media suspects, like FacebookTwitterPinterest and YouTube.

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I would like to thank Erick for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project. It’s a privilege to have happened upon a fellow music enthusiast and artist in the sometimes soul-devouring world of advertising (we all have day jobs, don’t we?) who is incredibly talented. Take some time to get to know Erick’s music more, and stay tuned for a new music video that he promises is just around the bend, and a future live gig review.

And, remember, we all need to keep art alive by supporting the art we love! Share their tunes with your friends, too, and encourage them to join in keeping art alive.

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Keep Art Alive :: Photo by Petra Rajnicova

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