Musical duo Macedo dishes about latest single Supernatural, and filming Blood Heist with James Franco
By: Daniel Hoyos | PHOTOS COURTESY Ryan West
- Los Angeles, California
Musical twins sisters Michelle, and Melissa Macedo dish about their latest single "Supernatural", and filming "Blood Heist" with heartthrob James Franco. Macedo also tell us about the writing process for their groundbreaking debut album "Flags & Boxes".
Congratulations on your latest music video for your single "Supernatural"! Can you tell me how you guys started the musical duo Macedo?
Thank you! Sure, we started writing songs together when we were about 10 years old. We had both been playing musical instruments and singing together for a while. Michelle had been writing poetry at that point and it just made sense to just put it all together. Even then, we were writing harmonies together. It sort of happened naturally because we work together really well.
Recently you just finishing wrapping production on the feature film "Blood Heist", starring heartthrob James Franco. What was it like working with James Franco, and filming in Ohio?
We filmed in Hamilton, Ohio during the summer. It was a lot of fun and we met so many amazing people on that set. It's a very small town which was perfect for getting into the characters and their lifestyle. It was so much fun and at times emotionally challenging. We are so grateful to James for the experience. It was a true privilege to see him work as an artist. We had incredible castmates that really brought their A game which was inspiring to be around. Also, every set or project is like a different little family, you get really close with everyone and you always keep that special experience with you.
You grew-up in Pasadena, California, and you're father is a pianist/guitarist who exposed you to all different kinds of music. If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be, and why?
Yes, our father exposed us to all types of music. In terms of musicians we'd love to work with, we love Haim, Lianne La Havas & Lorde. They are all strong women with unique voices.
How does being a twin translate into your professional life, and booking roles in Hollywood?
We love being twins! Firstly, you have a built-in best friend. We know we always have each other's backs and we support each other entirely. We would both do anything for the other. The best part of being a twin is that it's very easy to communicate. We've had our own way of communicating for as long as we can remember. It's like speaking our own language. We're constantly bouncing ideas off of each other. We're each very different but very much in sync. Sometimes, there are twin roles that are perfect and sometimes we go out for individual roles. We aren't competitive with each other. A win for one of us is a win for the team. I think being a twin makes us more compassionate.
Your full-length album "Flags & Boxes", has a very indie rock sound that you don't hear in most modern rock songs. Can you give us some insight into how you go about writing lyrics? Are your lyrics based off personal experiences?
Yes, often times we write from personal experience. We observe real life situations & relationships around us, sometimes Michelle or I will be in a situation and the other one of us will feel inspired to write about it. Also writing about difficult times in our own lives can be very therapeutic and cathartic. It's helpful to turn something difficult into something beautiful, like alchemy, that's an amazing gift that art can provide.
Michelle is really strong with lyrics and Melissa will add a melody to it, but it can be switched as well. We sort of go with the flow depending on the song. Every song is so different. Michelle does a lot of the writing in general. We wrote the song "Sea of You" together based on a melody idea that Melissa had, then Michelle flushed out the lyrics added some melody onto the edits of it. You never know when inspiration is gonna strike. As sisters and as musicians, 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.
Can you tell us what can we expect from your new album, that's different from your previous work?
"Ghost Town" emerged from a really difficult time. I (Michelle) had just ended a very long relationship & was experiencing health issues. I felt so terrified and alone. I cut myself off from the world for about 6 months just writing constantly. That utter isolation (besides from Melissa) brought about Ghost Town. It's a reflection and exploration of the ghosts that we all have and the ways in which we are haunted by our past. I think the music since "Paper Doll" has grown because the themes of this album go much deeper. This album is a lot about the past and our relationships. We've grown and developed more as artists since the last EP. "Ghost Town" is a reflection of memories in the past 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 this album, there was no holding back.
What advice would you give musicians/singers who are looking to break into the music business?
The best advice we've gotten is to stick with it, keep your head down, keep going and focus on the work, on what inspires you. Treat yourself kindly through the whole journey and trust you're exactly where you're supposed to be.
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Macedo new single "Supernatural" is now available on iTunes.