Mackenzie James Cregan
We’ll Be Here Having Fun New Single Release
It wasn’t until I was an adult that I finally listened to some classic Beatles songs. The quartet had a bond that just seemed to mesh the right way to produce their sound. If I were to imagine them reinventing their sound as a new-age band, Mackenzie James Cregan’s newly released single ‘We’ll Be Here’ that’s out now, would fit that vision perfectly; maybe even with an added bit of the Canadian rock quartet Sloan as well to spice it up a little.
Mackenzie James Cregan is a Liverpool-based singer/songwriter/musician from Los Angeles, CA. His primary influences come from some of rock n’ roll’s legends from the 60s, such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Lou Reed, and Harry Nilsson, that are mixed with Dan Auerbach and Mac Demarco having a love child with The Alabama Shakes. While keeping his roots firmly intact, his unique and catchy-sounding pop choruses and melodies are what generates his modern music spin.
After first picking up a guitar at the age of two, Mackenzie started taking lessons from his father, Jim Cregan, at age nine, and over time, taught himself how to play bass, drums, and piano. Since writing his first song at the age of fourteen, Mackenzie has been continuously writing songs, and in order to kickstart his new solo career at the age of 21, decided in the fall of 2017 to move to Liverpool, UK, after living in Los Angeles his whole life.
When asked about the inspiration behind his newest single, Mackenzie replies, “To be honest, I really just wanted to write a rock n’ roll tune that gave people no choice but to dance. To give energy to an audience. The song is really just about going to a show and having fun. It’s inspired by that sense of freedom you get when you go to a show and the band is playing tunes that make you smile. And instead of being a wallflower, you don’t care what people think. You just want to enjoy yourself. That feeling ends up being contagious. The audience becomes one, creating that togetherness.” The track is very upbeat and exudes positive vibes throughout; the guitar solo is very catchy with bends and vibrato in just the right places to make it shine.
Feeling intrigued by his positive vibe and outlook on life, I asked Mackenzie if there was a single message that he would want to put out there to make the world the kind of place that he aspires to live in, what would that message be? He responds with, “People just need to be more loving and not care so much what other people think. Also, to have fun! This world is such a freakin’ playground! For people like me, doing the thing we’re passionate about, having a passion at all, is something we have to honor and be grateful for. I myself struggle to remember that sometimes. We all do. But if everyone made that extra effort to appreciate that blessing and to appreciate the little things, the world would be a much better place.”