Musician? SWOON. June's Chicago Crush is Chris MacCarthy.
Name: Chris MacCarthy
Hometown: Grand Forks, North Dakota
Profession: Musician and Graphic Designer
Hobbies: I don’t think that I have any hobbies outside of writing, recording, and performing music.
Wait… Is napping a hobby?
Our Town: You're a musician and a graphic designer. Does one pursuit inform the other?
Chris MacCarthy Not really. The only overlap in the two areas is when I’m designing a show poster or an album cover. Music is my primary creative outlet over graphic design.
OT Describe your music.
CM Whenever somebody asks what kind of music I write/play, my default answer is just, “Some kind of rock music”, and then I follow that up by saying, “You probably wouldn’t like it.”
I think if you took my list of influences and stuck them all in a blender, the resulting smoothie would be my style of music. That being said, it may not taste as good as it’s individual ingredients.
OT What inspires you to write?
CM This will sound vague, but I write when I’m moved by something that is going on around me, or that is happening to me. I feel that there is endless content to write about, and the sounds you can make with instruments are limitless.
OT Who are your influences?
CM This is hard to answer because it’s always changing, and also because it would take too long to list them all.
Some consistent staples for me would be: Sonic Youth, The Frogs, Cat Power, PJ Harvey, Joni Mitchell, Radiohead, Mark Lanegan. Again, there are plenty more that I like just as much.
OT Best and worst things about Chicago
CM For me, the best thing about Chicago is the music scene. There are so many music venues to perform at or to see shows at. Like most people, I’m not a fan of the winters here. I am also not a fan of when people get killed by gang shootings.
OT Describe your worst date.
I can’t think of a date that stands out as being the worst. I think I’m pretty selective when it comes to dating, which helps. Although… I may be too selective… which hurts.They’ve all been great. Everyone is great. Everything is great.
OT Describe your perfect day.
CM My perfect day would start with being able to sleep in, and waking up to perfect spring or fall weather. The day would then consist of eating good food, doing fun things, and spending it with the person or people that I love.
OT Relationship Deal breaker.
CM Being materialistic
, not being generous
, country music
, using the word “selfie.”
OT Who was your first crush?
It would have been around 1st grade… either Shelly or Kristi. Or both.
OT Why are you crushworthy?
CM I don’t think that I am. I’ll just have to take your word for it.
OT Any questions for me?
CM Yes. Did you put something in my drink? Whatever it was is making me woozzzzyyyy… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for sites like Pop Matters and
afterellen.com Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," was called “poetic and heartrending” by ALA Booklist. Sarah is also a figure model, Spinning instructor and teacher at Chicago’s StoryStudio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She's kind of looking forward to it actually.
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