Today we’d like to introduce you to Maceo.
Hi Maceo, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. That’s where I originally got my start in music I grew up singing in church choirs and chorales. I sang background for a few of my friends, did talent shows and I really got more invested in music when I was in my senior year of high school and wrote my first song about an ex and that really pushed me to want to pursue music in a more professional way.
From there, I auditioned for many TV shows such as Sunday’s best, American Idol, X-Factor, and The Voice. Once I saw that the smoke and mirrors were not for me as far as television was concerned I decided to take music into my own hands and found a local producer and really started to make my own music from there and release my own projects and promote them on my own even as far as to sponsor my own showcase events and do shows.
I eventually moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin 6 years ago to pursue a personal relationship and it’s helped me grow personally and professionally. I currently have four EPs out on all streaming platforms. Lov3, Lov3, Pt. 2, Lov3, Pt. 3, and D.E.E.P. I started my own entertainment business securing myself as an artist and hope to secure others in the future.
As of late, I’ve been able to secure performing at local we are spaces here in Milwaukee, especially during pride.
It means a lot to me because I’m very proud of the person I’ve become as of today I was afraid when I was younger to showcase what I was but it wouldn’t be without the lessons and experiences I learned when I lived in Baltimore and got to experience performing there along with performances in DC Philly and New York and now (Milwaukee).
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It would be crazy for me to say it has been a smooth road I’ve faced a lot of challenges just like most artists. I had to choose between paying my bills and paying for a project I’ve had to self-finance a lot of my own clothes, photoshoots, music, and videos/promo.
I’ve also faced a few challenges with being a queer artist being in space is where I didn’t always feel safe or feel comfortable performing but I made the most of it. Being an independent artist is very hard.
Not just physically but emotionally and spiritually I’ve had moments where I felt like I should stop I’ve had people tell me that I shouldn’t continue to make music and should do something else.
Regardless of those obstacles, I’ve continued doing and have released multiple projects on my own and they have been very beneficial to me.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I classify myself as a singer/songwriter. At the end of the day, I believe in artistry and I believe in my creative process so I guess I will also classify myself as a Creative Director/Musician/Artist.
Being as though I’ve had to set up my own photo shoots take my own pictures style myself not just for photo shoots before videos and for performances as well and it takes a lot of thought process to think about how you want to present yourself to the world.
I also just recently got into music production and have started to record my vocals myself just to help me along with my creative process when I make my music. So now, I’m also a producer. What I’m most proud of is my ability to persevere, my ability to study my craft, and also inspire others with my music.
I believe was sets me apart from others is knowing my worth my value and what I bring to the table as far as my music is concerned I know I have a specific sound I know that I want to write about that’s going to impact others and making sure that I stay true to form when it comes to my sound sonically.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
My best advice for finding a mentor or networking would be to not be afraid to take a chance on yourself and go into spaces where are you feeling as though you may not be worthy because you never know who is watching you and you never know what can come if you just knowing your self-worth.
Also just to build genuine connections be careful how you treat others.
What has worked for me is making sure that I push myself to support others who have supported me and also not being afraid to ask questions or maybe even ask for a favor I know sometimes people can become so self-reliant that they don’t want to depend on other people but in this world, we all need each other so sometimes you have to ask for help.
- Show bookings negotiable
- Vocal production $50 an hour
- Songwriting $150 per hour
- Website: www.maceo3.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/macy_cray
- Youtube: YouTube.com/Maceontv
- Other: https://linktr.ee/macy_cray
Maceo (MRP3 Entertainment) and Oliver Chris (OC Imagery)