Mackenzie Nicole Interview: Get to Know this Amazing Young Artist
Mackenzie Nicole sat down for an interview with The Source. They talked with the Honor Roll student and young pop star about her career, life, and inspiration. We get amazingly intelligent and insightful answers from the 16-year-old Strange Music artist.
Mackenzie is just a music lover and her new solo single “Actin Like You Know” has really propelled her career since she first sang for the Strange Music label when she was only 9-years-old. Growing up in a music label definitely gave her the advantage to start her own music career.
What inspired you to begin your profession and when did you start?
The obvious answer here is that my upbringing in the music industry inspired me to remain in the industry for my career. However, I do not wholly attribute my love of music to being raised in a record label. I’ve always naturally taken to music, and while I obviously can’t claim this with total objectivity, I believe the same would be true if I came up in more typical circumstances without the industrial influence. I don’t know, however, if I would have pursued music professionally if I weren’t raised in Strange Music. I’m a realist, and while I would have loved music regardless, I probably wouldn’t have grown up with this implicit understanding that I would always attempt a career in music. This implicit understanding is what led me to readily agree to my first recorded feature with Tech N9ne when I was nine years old.
As a young budding artist, she has barely a career behind her though a very big one. Her excitement for working in the music industry is split between recording the dope music video “Actin Like You Know” and performing live. Through this short career, she has seemed to learn a lot and has a lot of interesting advice to share.
What advice can you offer to those pursuing a career in the industry?Get uncomfortable. The things that you’re inspired by probably scared their creator to death. A lot of times, if my producer Seven says, “What if you tried saying that like this?” or if a photographer says, “What if you tried posing like this?” and my immediate reaction is, “Ehh, I don’t know…” I know that’s exactly what I should do. Jack Nicholson once said, “If you get an impulse in a scene, no matter how wrong it seems, follow the impulse. It might be something, and if it ain’t– take two!” and I think that’s kind of genius. Take those risks, and if you’re like me, those things will become your favorite parts of your work.