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Meet Macey Estes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Macey Estes.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I think I’ve always been a performer. I grew up traveling to a lot of different places, but I always found a stage wherever I lived. I don’t think I did it trying to be something big or famous, but it was always just right for me and still is. I didn’t start writing until I was in high school, but once I started, it showed me how valuable growing up in different cultures really was. Leaving high school, I dreamed of moving to LA, but I knew I wasn’t really ready yet. I had gotten into college and felt like that was the right move for me at the time. Thank God for college because it introduced me to friendship, heartbreak, and I made more mistakes than I can count (check the lyrics to my songs!) I gained more than just writing material, I earned a degree in audio engineering and made like-minded friends that helped push me to transition into an artist. Now that I’ve moved to LA, I’m sharing my life and my heart and really just trying to turn my dreams into a reality! Through failing, learning, and forming a team I trust, I’m carving out my sound and the artist that’s always been inside. It’s hard to see yourself clearly, but with each song I write, things come into focus. I want my music to reflect that.

Please tell us about your art.
I make music, but it feels like nowadays music is closely correlated with everything. My favorite shows have my favorite songs, touching moments have background tracks, and live shows have pretty unique visuals. I think because I’m close to music, and music is part of everything else, it kind of helps me understand things I normally wouldn’t. I released “Call it Fate” a month ago, and to me, that song captures a tender moment between me and someone I was close to. I went out to Joshua Tree with a film crew who wanted to do a background piece on it, which really excited me and shows what happens when different art gets combined. I didn’t plan to have that done, it just came together, and even though this is a cringey pun, it felt like fate that the experience matched the song’s emotion so well. I think that’s a good example of what the song means, that things happen and you have to be present enough to feel when it’s right.

When people hear my music, I really want them to feel it. I create music for me, but really it’s all about the community music brings. At this point in my career, the key is sticking around people who truly believe in me and want to dive into projects as much as I do. When my friends get together, or I write with others, we share the idea that this music needs to communicate on a deeper level. I hope to always consider my conscious and never try to chase relativity over authenticity.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
There are so many incredible artists putting out music right now, and although I truly believe there is room for us all, it’s easy to compare yourself to others who “seem” to have it all figured out. I think that makes some people feel lonely and competitive, but the truth is, none of us have it figured out, and that’s what makes being an artist so exciting. We get to talk about these challenges and our experiences, in hopes we reach someone who also feels the things we do. Sincerity and trust in yourself are hard to push when you want to chase after streams or “skip the line.” We live in a digital age with instant gratification and ever-changing industry, so every artist has to mold their music to that.

It’s easy to get caught up in the battle between making the music you feel versus the music that sells – and I think some people get caught up in trying to fit in with what’s hip or trendy right now, and become lonely because they’re not being authentic to who they really are. I try my best to make music that I love without thinking about who is doing it better or who I sound like – and find other artists and producers that want to help me achieve this goal and find my sound. Other than that, say yes to everything, know life always works itself out, and relax, have a drink, and take some time for yourself every now and then.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
All my music is out on streaming services including Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcloud, etc. – I’ve only released two songs, but I promise more are on the way. I’ve performed at The Peppermint Club, The Hotel Cafe, and other venues in the LA over the past few months, and we plan to continue on meeting other artists, creatives, and music lovers this way as we put out more music. I have this concept EP idea floating around my head, so maybe that will happen by the end of the year – hopefully! It’s exciting to see people enjoy the music you spend all your time and energy on, share it, and sing along. It’s so rewarding! Last week, at my first headlining show at The Hotel Cafe, I got the chills when the crowd sang one of my songs with me – it’s a feeling that is hard to put into words. I also love chatting with people on any social media; you can find me @macey_estes on Instagram, as well as through my page on facebook and twitter!

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Adam Grenley, Maggie Sapp, Evan Oak

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