Local pop singer Lisa Mac hits Lafayette's Music Room this Friday night with a brand new backing band in tow. Mac solidified herself as an artist capable of cranking out awesome music videos earlier this year, first with the video for "Hurricane" (directed by Isaiah Conyers) and then with the insane video for "Getaway" (also by Conyers), the dark pop track that features a guest appearance by Project Pat. While she definitely has a knack for eye-popping videos, Mac is also pretty good at writing a pop hook. As a stand-alone artist, Mac writes sultry pop songs that borrow from blues, soul, and hip-hop, but with the Chinese Connection Dub Embassy backing her up for the first time, Mac says the dynamic of her live show will change.
"Playing with the Chinese Connection Dub Embassy is just going to make everything sound so much bigger," Mac says.
"I'll be playing some drum pads and some MIDI keyboards, so there will still be some pop and electronic elements within the show."
Mac first heard Chinese Connection Dub Embassy at an Artistik Approach showcase when the band was backing up another singer. After they nailed a Beyonce cover, Mac says she knew she wanted to work with the band.
"I just thought they were really bumpin'. They played some really cool stuff, and it worked really well, even though they are most known for being a reggae band," Mac says.
While she plans on keeping the band around for live show purposes, Mac's also not opposed to bringing a band into the studio, or on tour.
"I liked the idea of getting a band that had already played together for the first time I used a backing band," Mac says.
"But I think I'll eventually hold tryouts for the Lisa Mac Band, and bring them out with me on tour."