Mac Miller Talks About Religion, Twitter and His New Album, Which is His Best One Yet
Mac Miller will show off his newly-released Watching Movies with the Sound Off this summer on his Space Migration Tour. His sophomore album continues the musical evolution that he began with his Macadelic mixtape, providing a much more introspective and thoughtful sound than his Blue Slide Park debut.
Despite only being 21-years-old, the Pittsburgh rapper has already found a great deal of success. He was honored as a member of XXL magazine's Freshman Class of 2011. In November of that year, Miller dropped his first studio album Blue Slide Park, which debuted at number one, selling 145,000 copies in its first week.
Before arriving in Dallas to perform on Wednesday, June 26, at the Palladium Ballroom (1135 South Lamar), Mac Miller took the time to talk with us.
How'd you decide to call it the Space Migration Tour?
It's kind of like the idea of taking a bunch of people out of their reality and into a different place, like into a new planet.
You've said that the title of your new album, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, came from the way you make your music. So, which movies do you watch on mute while working?
Beetlejuice and nature documentaries and Quentin Tarantino films and anything that's just visually great and stuff. And the movie that I watch while listening to the album is Turtle: The Incredible Journey.
I've noticed that this album is much more personal. For example, you talk about your spirituality, about losing a friend and about keeping your parents together. What inspired you to make the album so much more personal than your previous works?
I think I'm just more comfortable with talking about my own life, or just talking about, like going, digging deeper, you know what I'm saying? But if you listen to my old stuff, it touches on it, like it was there. There's moments in all the records that get personal but it was kind of like overshadowed by other stuff, so I kind of wanted that to be the key point of this record, and to, you know, just talk about what's actually going on inside my head.
The new album talks a lot about spirituality. What are your personal beliefs about God and religions?
Well, I was raised Jewish but I went to a Catholic school, so I learned a lot about religion and it has always kind of infatuated me. I'm just very interested in it. But, as far as my personal views, I believe that there's something out there, but I don't believe that anyone knows what it is.
Do you have a favorite song on the album?
Yeah, I think "Avian," because that one, to me, is like the heart and soul of the album. That was one of the earlier songs that I made for it and that kind of set the tone for the sound of the album. And I produced it myself, so maybe I'm biased.