Mac Stripling; a senior at Clatskanie High School, is an aspiring musician who plans on entering the field of musical entertainment when he graduates. He has a SoundCloud account, under the name “Kentucky_Patriot_911,” in which he uploads all of his best works to profile. Although his account name is “Kentucky_Patriot_911,” his actual band’s name is “Sheep;” named after those who believe everything they’re told with blind trust. However, it should be noted that he is considering changing his band’s name to a new name after the band’s drummer left the band, due to the fighting that was happening among the band members. Mac claims, “Gabe, he was was the drummer, now he’s just a big bummer for me and my other band members.” On a different note, he claims that his motives for entering the music field are due to the long and deep influence music has had on his life ever since he was first introduced to it at age 3. “I was practically still a baby, man, when music opened my soul to see new things in the universe,” he said, “since then, I’ve been engulfed in it like it was glue, man.” Mac has even already produced several mixtapes and albums that he’s distributed copies of to his friends at school, so they can get a taste of what his musical style is like; “Sheep is my band, we make good music for all the real homies out there, man.”
Later on in the interview, I asked Mac if he could sing me one of his songs so I could give him my opinion on it. He responded, “Hate to break it to you, but my voice is so beautiful that if I sang right now, you’d literally just die.” I insisted; pressing him to at least water it down a little so I won’t actually die from his lustrous voice, but he stayed firm: “Sorry, man, rules are rules.”
From there, I asked Mac if he has an actual plan for his life after he graduates. He responded, “Brother, I’m just going to go with the groove and see where music takes me, not where I take it.” I asked for him to try and give me a general look into his future, but he stood strong, “Sorry man, I obey music, it doesn’t obey me.”
After all of this was finished, I asked Mac if he had any last words. All he could say was “nope.” I insisted, “are you sure?” I said. “Yup,” he said.
Thank you Mac for your contributions to the musical field and to Clatskanie Middle/High School! We’re proud to have you here, and we wish you the best for your future!