This week I had the pleasure of speaking with multi-talented twin-sister music duo MACEDO, composed of Michelle Alicia and Melissa Ann Macedo. Sometime this year the duo are set to release their brand new album Ghost Town, featuring stand-out singles “Supernatural,” and the recently released smash “Truth Of It.”
Not only are the duo set to release their new album Ghost Town, but they’ve also landed roles in the new Netflix series GIRLBOSS as Stacie and Stephanie, and lead-roles in the upcoming James Franco film titled “Blood Heist”.
During the interview we touch on their experiences of growing up in a musical household, musical inspirations, their upcoming album Ghost Town, what inspired them to take up acting and much more.
Who are Macedo?
We are an indie duo based in Los Angeles made up of twin sisters Michelle & Melissa Macedo. We love to focus on harmonies in our melodies. We play piano, guitar, sing, and write all of our own songs.
What was it like growing up in a musical household?
We come from a very musical family. Our dad introduced us to music in every genre imaginable. That is how we fell in love with jazz, classical, soul, pop and folk. Our childhood was filled with everything from Sam Cooke and Otis Redding to Debussy to The Beatles. Our maternal grandmother played piano and our Dad plays as well. There really isn’t a genre we didn’t grow up listening to. We both grew up playing piano and some violin. Michelle started playing guitar when she was about 11 years old and has played ever since. Today, Michelle plays the piano in the band and we both sing. We have sung together for as long as we can remember. We were always harmonizing and writing songs together. We grew up hitting up the local music scene and started to play live around L.A. when we were 16.
What artists inspire you?
Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Claude Debussy, Otis Redding, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Radiohead were huge influences. We really appreciate amazing songwriting and we feel like all of those artists tell a story in such an impactful way. We knew we wanted to affect other people in that same way.
Pursuing a music career wasn’t always your first choice, what made you stick with it?
Actually, we always wanted to pursue music and acting equally. They both played such a huge part of our lives that we couldn’t imagine one without the other. Each outlet improves the other. We both are incredibly hard-working and give ourselves fully to anything we do, so we always knew it was all or nothing. Of course we had reservations and some family members tried to warn us against it, but we stayed focused and had each other for support. As an artist, it’s incredibly important to have a support system filled with people who want to uplift each other.
You recently released your new single “Truth Of It.” Can you break down the meaning behind the single?
We wrote the song “Truth of It” together. It was really very conceptual from the beginning. We wanted the verses to feel like the reality of the situation and the choruses to feel like a sort of fantasy. It was written about a relationship that just wouldn’t work. There can be a lot of mixed feelings towards the end of a relationship. One minute you’re trying to talk yourself into staying and the next you are trying to get out as soon as you can. We wanted to capture that manic duality.
Alongside your music career, you’ve also landed roles in the Netflix series GIRLBOSS, as well as starring as the leads in an upcoming James Franco film titled “Blood Heist.” What inspired you to take up an acting career?
Acting is something that we’ve both just always known we wanted to do. We are both trained actors and have pursued it along with music our entire lives. We are equally actors and musicians. It’s another way to express ourselves and to really share our art with the world. We feel passionately about empowering young women, so we love to have that thread in our songs and it was serendipitous that GIRLBOSS is such an empowering and powerful show for women. “Blood Heist” has a very empowering, feminist message and we are excited to be a part of that project as well.
You’re gearing up to release your new album titled “Ghost Town’. Can you break down the thought process behind the album?
“Ghost Town” emerged from a really difficult time. It is a reflection and exploration of the ghosts that we all have and the ways in which we are haunted by our past. This album is a lot about the past and our relationships. “Ghost Town” is a reflection of memories that became a part of our identity. In essence, how we’re each being haunted, in good and bad ways. It was a very raw experience to write this album, there was no holding back.
What would you say is the ultimate-goal of your careers?
Our goal as musicians is to keep evolving and stay true to the sound that encapsulates the next musical phase of our career. In each project we have done, we can very clearly hear emotionally where we were. We would love to get on the road with this next album and connect with people. We want to continue to tell stories that could empower others, especially if they are feeling alone.
If you could only listen to one album for a lifetime, what would it be and why?
WOW, That is a tough question. I (Michelle) would have to say Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors”. It is such an incredible album with such a variety of sounds and really encompasses such an incredible story. I love the songwriting on that album. I (Melissa) would have to say Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”, it was a life changing album and I never get sick of it!
Check out MACEDO‘s latest releases below