There’s simply not enough space to list all of Mac’s collaborators over the years, but the volume and quality of artists who hold him in high regard speak to not just his work, but the way in which he works.
“If I find someone who I think is a true believer, then I just hold on to them and I invite them back for other things and sometimes they invite me back for their things,” Mac says.
“There’s plenty of really good people out there. Just don’t be a dick. Be that person that is fun that people want to work with. That has great ideas, but is also a joy to be around. If I find other people like that, I stay in touch with them, and we do more stuff. It just makes sense.”
For every Paul Mac collab you’re aware of, there are probably a dozen that you’ve heard without knowing he was involved.
It is interesting to think about how a particular point of success often allows musicians to feed other less profitable or successful projects. For example, Gotye has shared how Somebody I Used to Know has allowed him to exploring music archiving, while Damian Cowell has shared how he used his membership in TISM to open doors. It has had me thinking about a wider appreciation of the world beyond the music.