Paul Francis McDermott (b. 17 September 1965, Sydney, Aus.), who performs as Paul Mac, is an Australian electropop musician, singer-songwriter, producer and music re-mixer.
He was classically trained at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Mac has formed various bands including Smash Mac Mac (1986–88), The Lab (1989–1998), Itch-E and Scratch-E (1991–present), Boo Boo Mace & Nutcase (1996–98), and The Dissociatives (2003–2005). Mac has released two solo albums, 3000 Feet High (6 August 2001) and Panic Room (17 October 2005).
At the ARIA Music Awards of 2002 Mac won 'Best Dance Release' for 3000 Feet High and was nominated for 'Best Male Artist' and 'Engineer of the Year'. In June 2001 he released his highest charting single, Just the Thing, which reached No. 17 on the ARIA Singles Chart and won the APRA Music Awards of 2002 for 'Most Performed Dance Work'.
Mac played with Severed Heads. He was also a touring member of Silverchair as well as recording piano parts for their album, Young Modern (March 2007). Mac has worked on soundtracks for Baz Luhrmann and on the films Head On and Sample People. He was the musical director on the Australian TV show Good News Week and composed music for ABC-TV including The Afternoon Show, EC Plays Lift Off and TVTV. He has been working on a new album “Mesmerism” of found sounds, inspired speech, and improvisation.
Works for Winds
- Requiem for a City (with Matthew Hindson) (2015)