Creative of the Month - Aaron Carmack
Updated: Jan 13, 2020
Aaron Carmack aka Mr. Carmack is an incredibly talented music producer currently based in Los Angeles.
What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I have a really long middle name. KAHAUNANIONANIKAALAHEIKEIKINAKANAOHAHEIHIIIAMAIEKAWAILUAKINI.
Drink of choice?
I’m a tequila man.
What is your biggest fear?
I’m not sure..my family member dying.
Can you speak any other languages?
Name 3 things on your bucket list.
Ride a boat down the Grand Canyon river.
Experience zero gravity.
Own a farm. That would be cool. It would be a lot of work but fun. One day, not yet..
Who are you listening to? Where do you find your music?
I usually find music through friends. I’m listening to a lot of female singers like Cleo Sol. Offset Jim is really funny, I love him. He’s from my hometown which is the Bay area. Bill Evans.
What food could you not live without?
My diet changes a lot. My go-to is eggs. Eggs are a big part of my morning diet. A non-meat based I couldn’t live without avocado or broccoli. Avocado on toast and sandwiches. Broccoli is good in a pasta. Pesto broccoli, broccoli steamed. My junk food craving is cheesy popcorn. Water is my favorite.
Almost Famous or Dazed and Confused?
Almost Famous. I relate more to the 70s than the 80s. Dazed and Confused is more of the 80s.
Name the top 3 things you love about the 70s.
Soul music, the mixture of Civil Rights Movements and Gay Rights Movements all came out in the 70s. It was just kind of like..it was just before it all became too superficial. The 80s was all about the hair movement, disco, all that shit was very heavily fashion influenced. I just relate more to the 70s. There were really nice opera singers who came out in the 70s...Aretha Franklin...also my favorite cars came out in the 70s too.
What’s your favorite car?
If I had to choose it would be a 1970 Chevy Nova. It’s the car I have now. I got the car that I’ve loved my whole life but I busted it the other day because I did a donut.
Was the donut worth it?
It was and it wasn't. Now I can say i did a donut in it. I’m a curious cat.
Are you working on any new music?
Yeah. I’m basically trying to finish up something today where my buddy he developed a beat making app for phones. So I’m trying to promote it, the concept is called Damage Control. The idea is all this music I put out, the tracks have been destroyed or separated sound by sound. It’s whoever's job to put together the sounds again.
Drums, snares, bass notes, synth notes, everything that makes up the song is split into individual sounds set up and premade on the app. So all you have to do is download the app and in 4-5 days the songs come out. You get the sounds before you know the actual song. I’m trying to see if it even registers with people, but that’s what I’m about to do for the next couple hours is try and set that shit up.
Have you noticed a change in your fanbase as your music style continuously evolves?
I don’t really know. To keep it general I think a lot of people when they get to know artists like that for a long period of time they start to get possessive over what the artist does. If I start going in a different direction it’s as if they’re going to say “no stop, this isn’t what I followed you for. I want you to do what I have loved you for years doing”.
Most artists go through that when you go through a certain point in your career. I could make the same shit over and over again but I never got into this music thing to just create what I think people would like me to create.
I used to make jazzy instrumental beats, more bassy stuff. The last couple of years I have been doing shows that involve me playing piano and singing, stuff like that. Some of my fans didn’t expect it or understand.
What is a difficulty you come across when trying to bring your visions to life?
I’ve always just thought that I would be at a point where people would help facilitate my vision for me, but I don't have a cookie cutter vision. I can’t just place my vision in someone else’s head and they’ll just all of a sudden create it exactly how it is. You know? Like 99 percent of the time I’m there with them every step of the way practically assisting and directing the whole thing.
It’s not that I can’t depend on anyone, I’ve just been feeling like I need to take the reigns a little bit and get better by polishing my skills with other things. Then I can be able to better assist other people when that time comes and my team gets bigger.
What countries/cities would you like to have a show at that you have never played before?
St. Petersburg, Russia because I want to go there so bad. The architecture, the people, it’s beautiful. I just always wanted to go there. Everest Base Camp, that would be a fun place to play a show.
Your most memorable show and why?
Coachella was amazing. 17,000 people and it was like we made an entire visual. It was all music that people knew. The one at the El Rey was pretty dope too.