From The Desk Of Delicate Steve: On Tour With Mac DeMarco

Steve Marion would like you to know, first and foremost, that he’s a human being. That’s why the New Jersey-bred guitar maestro’s given name is right there in the moniker of his primary musical project—Delicate Steve is both the four-piece live band Marion fronts and the superhero alias he assumes for his one-man recording output—and in the title of his long-in-the-works third LP. Marion will be guest editing magnet all week. Read our feature.

Marion: Touring with Mac was good fun. We ate gas-station hot dogs. We spent one night together at a promoter’s house where Mac danced around in his underpants. One time, we covered “Smoke On The Water” together as an encore where Mac just kept singing the line “Smoke on the water, fire in the sky” for about 10 to 12 minutes. The crowd loved it. Their van broke down at one point. Mac rode with us in our van while theirs got repaired. He played a solo show that night to an audience that was not the least bit disappointed that the rest of the band couldn’t make it. His charisma and love for music is undeniable, and it was great to connect with Mac fans who are all very much big music fans.