[Interview] Dubby Mac Discusses Wet Dreamz, Nympho Maniax, and Nelly Furtado

[Interview] Dubby Mac Discusses Wet Dreamz, Nympho Maniax, and Nelly Furtado

Dubby Mac, one half of the dastardly duo Nympho Maniax, has stepped out of the shadows with a four-track EP titled Wet Dreamz. The EP is the first piece of a larger album called Don’t Quit Your Day Dream, which Dubby Mac considers to be a concept album “that resembles a relationship, and this [EP] is the physical attraction part.”

Wet Dreamz is funky through and through, with each song having a distinct identity that illustrates Dubby Mac’s versatility and range as both a musician and a songwriter. From danceable music to colorful lyrics to eye-catching titles, this EP has it all, but don’t just take my word for it, listen for yourself.

 Dubby Mac also took the time to talk to us about Wet Dreamz, wet dreams, and the title of his next EP. Check out the full interview below.

Is the juxtaposition of extremely catchy, funky pop music and melodies and sexually explicit lyrics something that you were consciously going for?

In a way, it was a conscious decision. I wanted to write songs that you just couldn’t get out of your head and make you want to dance and fuck. On top of that, this EP is the first of a full album called Don’t Quit Your Day Dream. Which, in a way, is a concept album that resembles a relationship, and this is the physical attraction part. It’s also kind of the Bloodhound Gang thing like “baby we ain’t nothing but mammals.” I think sex is at the forefront of most people’s minds; I just shout it out loud instead of suppressing it.

Photo Credit: Rachel Zyzda

Aside from the title, is there any connection between “Bad Thangz” and the Nympho Maniax song “Bad Thingz?”

Yeah, definitely. I wrote Bad Thangz before we wrote Bad Thingz, and it just goes along that same line of being a bad ass and wanting to do what you’re told not to. Me and Mario [Cuomo, lead singer of The Orwells] have a really similar outlook on life that I think we developed growing up at the skate park. Sometimes it feels good to be bad and that’s what it’s about.

With the title of the EP being Wet Dreamz, do you remember your last wet dream?

Hahaha, I’ve been masturbating from a very young age, so I’ve never woken up with jizz all up in my sheets, but I did have a super sexual dream about the model Jazzelle Zanaughtti who is also known as Uglyworldwide on Instagram.

Was this EP self-recorded/self-produced?

Yeah, this one I played and produced everything except for the drum set. I worked with an engineer named Sigurdur Birkis, and he played drums and mixed and mastered the tracks. I recorded the vocals at Viking Sound which is Siggi’s studio in Chicago.

Will this unique, funk-pop sound find its way to the next Nympho Maniax release? Will there be a next Nympho Maniax release?

It most definitely will. I got a whole bunch of new beats for Nympho Maniax and we are going to start writing and recording the vocals in the next 2 weeks so it shouldn’t be too long before there is another Nympho Maniax release. It may have more singing and be a bit more of an electro vibe, but who knows? Cause it could all change when we get together.

Do you feel 1it’s necessary to make different projects sound different enough to avoid people confusing the two? Is that something that’s on your mind when writing music for a new project?

Photo Credit: Alec Basse and Shanaya Grant

I think everything I’ve ever done sounds different because I have that David Bowie chameleon gene in my bones where I’m always changing and adapting to my environment. Also, when I work with other people I try to build off of them because they will come from a place I would have never gone, so it will start to sound different right off that bat. Like when I do my stuff, I usually write the song before I do the production side, but with Nympho Maniax I start with the production and change it to work with what me and Mario come up with together.

Where did the song title “Nelly Furtadoz Beef Furtada” come from?

I have this list of goofy things I write down in my phone, and that was on there. That song is about having “beef” with someone and it's also an innuendo for a vagina. I think it has a good duality because sometimes you will put up with a lot of bullshit for good pussy, and that is about saying fuck this, you're a terrible person, get out of my life. Also, I think it catches your eye and you're like "WTF I gotta hear this." And P.S. shout out to Nelly. I have no beef with her, I just like the wordplay.

Can we expect any type of supporting tour with this release?

Not immediately. I want to at least put out the next EP, which is titled Lucid Dreamz, and then I will hopefully line up some touring. Lucid Dreamz is in the works so hopefully, I can get some dates on the calendar by the time summer comes around.

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