Mac Miller looks to be the shining light for indie music.
Featured in Forbes' 2012 '30 Under 30 List,' the 19-year-old MC revealed severak secrets in his interview for his unexpected rapid rise. But if you thought Miller has made it in this industry, he certainly doesn’t think so.
“I still don’t think I necessarily made it. I think I’ve done something awesome,” Miller said when talking about his success on YouTube, Twitter and record sales. “I think making history is super cool.”
Though Miller is humble, he is the first artist to have an independent album reach the top of the charts since 1995. Blue Slide Park, released on Rostrum Records, sold 144,000 copies in its opening week. The success earned him a spot on Forbes’ first-ever '30 Under 30' List. The Mac Miller difference, his reasons for a most-talked about debut, is the control over releasing content on the Internet.
“I flood the Internet with what I think is quality content,” Miller said. “That’s why I did things like giving out a song every 100,000 Twitter followers because I am just looking for ways to get my fans to hear all this music without over saturating things.”
Miller became a national sensatio,n due in part to his social media presence. But with rise comes comparisons to other big name artists who’ve paved the way, namely Eminem and labelmate Wiz Khalifa. But being still new to hip-hop, Miller doesn’t sweat comparisons. “I don’t really worry about comparisons, because when it’s all said and done, there will be no comparisons.”
Even if Miller is fully independent and takes comparisons as a compliment, the inevitable question is if he’ll ever sign to a major label. His main focus is working with a close network of people. But he isn’t ruling out the big leagues completely.
“If I reach a point where there’s something I can’t do and I need help from a major, who knows,” he said. “I’m not anti-major, like I don’t hate the majors, I’m not that type of person.” --Eric Diep