We caught up with singing sisters, Melissa and Michelle, to get the inside scoop on their music and upcoming acting projects! The duo, aka MACEDO, recently released a brand new album, Ghost Town, and we can’t get enough of it! Read the exclusive interview below and get to know your new faves!
Let’s talk about your new album, Ghost Town! What can you tell us about the creation/recording process of it? Is there a track that holds the most significance to you?
“Ghost Town” emerged from a really difficult time. It’s a reflection and exploration of the ghosts that we all have and the ways in which we are haunted by our past. This album is a reflection of memories that became a part of our identity. In essence, how we’re each being haunted, in good and bad ways. It was a very raw experience to write, there was no holding back.
Personally, our favorite songs are “Ghost Town” and “Take Back the Night”. “Take Back the Night” is an important song about sexual assault. So many people experience it but there is so much shame and silence surrounding it that it’s not often talked about. It’s incredibly difficult to talk about and we wanted to give people the courage to share their stories. I couldn’t get through the song without crying. We only did one take on the vocals for that one.
Should fans be expecting visuals to any of the tracks anytime soon?
Yes! We will be releasing some live acoustic videos we did in the studio. They are stripped down and bare. We can’t wait to share them.
What’s the songwriting process usually like for you?
We feel like the songwriting process is like alchemy, turning pain into something beautiful and honest. Melissa will see me experiencing a relationship and she will get an idea about a song and then we can finish it together. Michelle has always written poetry as a way of expressing herself and so experiences naturally come out in words. It’s very therapeutic and cathartic. As sisters and as musicians, we are so deeply connected that one of us will supply what the other one needs . That is just a part of who we are, our relationship is integral to our art.
Is there a song that you absolutely love and wish you wrote?
SO MANY! One in particular is the song “Creep” by Radiohead. That song never loses its power and relevance.
Growing up, which artists do you remember loving? Do they influence your sound today?
The songwriting of Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Claude Debussy, Otis Redding, Billie Holiday and Radiohead were huge influences. We really appreciate amazing songwriting and we feel like all of those artists tell a story in the most impactful way. They are real and honest and can structure a song to make it so effective. The first time we heard Tidal by Fiona Apple we were completely blown away. It was like she was singing our lives and feelings, especially “Never is A Promise”.They absolutely influence our sound today. We knew that’s what we wanted to do, to strive to be so honest with ourselves that we had no choice but to feel connected.
When it comes to stage presence, which artist(s) do you admire?
We are so inspired by Nina Simone. She was a powerful performer who had such emotional depth and incredible technique. We also admire Haim, Banks, Lianne La Havas & Lorde. They are all strong women with unique voices.
When you’re not busy working on music, what are you usually up to?
We are actors as well. We just finished shooting a movie opposite James Franco called Blood Heist in Ohio and then we were in NY starring in another film called SARA. We were lucky enough to work on Girlboss (Netflix) last year as well. We are equally actors and musicians. We love telling stories. We don’t have much time for anything but music and acting but we feel very strongly about women’s issues.
When it comes to career goals, what’s something you’re hoping to accomplish?
Our goal as musicians is to keep evolving and stay true to the sound that encapsulates the next musical phase of our career. In each project we have done, we can very clearly hear where we were emotionally. We would love to get on the road with this next album and connect with people. We want to continue to tell stories that could help others with any challenges, especially if they are feeling alone. We would also love to keep working in film and television. We love getting lost in characters.
What was the Girlboss experience like for you?? Any memorable on set moments that you can share with us?
We love the entire message behind the show and were instantly attracted to the characters and the series. It’s all about female empowerment and portraying women as human beings who are messy and flawed as opposed to an impossible ideal women have to live up to. We play a band on the show called “Animated Discussion.” We are the lead singers/guitarists of the band and Johnny Simmons (Shane) is our drummer.
Our favorite part on working on “Girlboss” was getting to work with all of the kickass women. Not only is Kay Cannon extremely intelligent but she is witty and incredibly kind. Britt and Ellie are so kind, talented and hard working. It was truly an honor to watch all of these amazing women work. Honestly, the whole thing was memorable but the kindness of all of the ladies in charge really stuck with us.
What’s the best way for fans to get your attention on social media?
We read all of the comments so just reach out and leave a comment! We love hearing from people and connecting.
How important is to you to use your platform for good?
We feel very strongly about women’s issues. We have always supported RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) and Melissa used to be a Rape Crisis Counselor for them. We interviewed hundreds of women and men and co-created a theatrical show called “Dirty Talk” with our theatre company (World Kin Ensemble) about the spectrum of violence against women, ranging from catcalling to rape. We acted in and toured college campuses around the country with that show. We also performed it as part of USC’s Visions and Voices. We feel strongly about any organization that supports and empowers women. It’s exactly what we try to create in our art. We think as artists it’s important to help the world empower the otherwise marginalized and silenced.
What’s on your bucket list for 2018?
We hope to travel with our music! We really just want to continue to act and play music. We love to create so let’s hope this is our most creative year yet!
Any special message for your fans?
Yes. We’d love to thank them for all of their love and support. We wouldn’t be anywhere without them and we really want to continue making music for them.
1.We love to travel and explore new places around Los Angeles. We love to check out the latest art exhibit or newest restaurant.
2.We love to eat healthy and cook healthy alternatives for our favorite foods.
3. We love haunted places and ghost stories. Every new city we go to we try to take a ghost tour!
4. Melissa reads Tarot Cards.
5. Michelle won a rapping contest once!
(Photo Credit: Ryan West)