Last Thursday, I had the chance to go to a Mac DeMarco concert at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. Though I’ve been a longtime fan, this was my first Mac concert. I was super stoked to be there. As high as my expectations were, the show greatly surpassed them. Mac and his band are amazing performers. You can tell that their hearts are totally into the music. I was genuinely impressed by the performance and fully satisfied when it was over.
Before the show started, I took some photos of the other fans in line. Caroline is a smiley, free-spirited gal who was dancing around with her friends. “Every time I go to a Mac concert, I know I’m gonna make friends because the people there are so chill,” she said. I caught this shot right after a guy in line ran up to strike a few poses next to her. Apparently, during the concert, they were near each other in the crowd. Chris! If you are reading this, Caroline is looking for you.
This group noticed me snapping some photos and Ryir, right, came up to see what I was doing. I asked to take his posse’s photo because these kids looked pretty cool. When I asked about why Mac’s music is important to them, Ryir said he loves Mac because “his music is meaningful but not cheesy like the other stuff out today.” Alan, to the left of Ryir, said that when he’s down, he listens to Mac and it cheers him up: “He really doesn’t have many sad songs.”
Erica had a very laid-back vibe about her and a shy little smile; she looked like someone I could talk to. “Whenever I listen to Mac’s music, my mind always fills with some form of euphoria, and it reminds me of all the memories I’ve experienced that scream ‘teen dream,'” she said.
This girl’s stunning smile drew me to her; I just had to take a pic. I asked her why she came to the concert: “Mac is like no musician I’ve ever seen. He makes you feel like a close friend, not just some fan.”
These guys caught me taking photos of the line, and posed for a quick pic. Their fun smiles and carefree attitude perfectly captured the mood. John (center), said, “Mac’s a righteous dude, and his music reflects that. It’s easy to tell that his lyrics come from a deep place in his heart, and that’s why I like it; it has meaning and truth. It’s honest.”
It’s Mac. The next few photos don’t have captions because I just love them too much to say anything, really.
Mac is a crowdsurfing legend. This is by far one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken.
Kiki and Mac <3
This was when Mac sang “Still Together,” one of my absolute favorites of his songs. I’d like to imagine you can almost hear him singing “togeeeeether” just by seeing this photo.
Back for the encore, shirtless and ready to party. Thank you, Mac! ♦