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Nura Rediscovers — Mac Ayres Listens to 'Frank' by Amy Winehouse

Full Name: Maclean Daniel Ayres
Born: Sea Cliff, USA 
Based: Los Angeles
Can't leave the house without: a water bottle

If Mac Ayres’s tracks haven’t already weaved their way into your go-to playlist, they certainly will soon. Like all the best R&B, Mac’s music makes for the ideal bedroom soundtrack – picture the glowing fireplace, two glasses of champagne, maybe a bear rug – but it’s much more than that. Mac manages to somehow hark back to golden era R&B, while at the same time giving the genre a fresh edge. Totally self-taught and fully independent, his success is entirely his own.

The 23-year-old singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist is a perfect example of what happens when innate talent meets dedication. Dropping out of the Berklee College of Music in 2017 to work on his debut EP, Drive Slow, Mac hasn’t had a break since. He dropped his first full-length project, Something To Feel, the following summer, and his second full-length album, Juicebox, hit our ears in 2019. Each one was released to critical acclaim and contributed to his ever-growing fan base, of which we at Nura are surely a part. 

We sat down with Mac to have a listen to an old favourite, Amy Winehouse’s Frank album, with the Nuraphone. As Mac says, “I feel like I’m actually hearing better than my ears”.

Describe 'you' to our audience:

A guy who loves writing songs. I sing & play guitar in a band with 5 of my friends. I love my family, eating and basketball.

Tell us about your recent release 'Juicebox' and what it expresses:

“Juicebox” was really an exploration of the things that make me love music so much. I never wanted to be boxed in when it came to musical genre, and I think my first two projects were kind of in a similar vein to each other. I constantly am trying to grow and expand myself as an artist and writer.

You're self-taught, what inspired you to sit and a piano and play at such an early age?

I was just really fascinated by it. As an 11 year old, I would hear songs on the radio and then want to know how to play them. I would spend hours trying to figure different notes I was hearing, then notes turned into chords, and chords turned into songs. I’m still equally fascinated by it 12 years later.

Tell us about walking away from Berklee, was this a turning point for you?

I would definitely say it was a turning point for me. My whole life I had been balancing school and music. Rushing home after school to practice, constantly having to be interrupted from that by homework and projects. I knew that if I ever had the opportunity to pursue music full time, I would take full advantage of it.

Tell us about that first moment you tried the Nuraphone:

It was definitely an experience unlike any other headphone I’ve listened to. As musicians, we’re constantly looking for the highest quality of sound equipment we can find, and it’s been great listening to music in an entirely new, clearer perspective.

What's your favourite track to relax to?

These days I’ve been listening to a lot of Lucky Daye and Wes Montgomery.

You can binge watch our full Rediscovers series on YouTube.

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