Paul (Mac) McDermott

Lecturer in Contemporary Music
The University of Sydney

Dr Paul (Mac) McDermott teaches into the Bachelor of Music Studies (Contemporary Music Practice) program. In 2021, he was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts which focussed on creating a unique compositional voice fusing Electronic Dance Music traditions with experimental practice. His research interest focuses on Australian dance music history, building on his practice history as a participant in the EDM scene.

As a solo artist, he has been awarded a Best Dance Release ARIA for “Just the Thing” (2021), and as half of rave pioneers Itch-E & Scratch-E, he was awarded the same for their track “Sweetness & Light” (1995). He has collaborated with silverchair frontman Daniel Johns on The Dissociatives (2004). As one half of Stereogamous he has been commissioned to remix artists including Kylie Minogue, Sia, George Michael, and Rufus du Sol. His most recent work, The Rise & Fall of St. George has been performed at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall (2020) and the Sydney Festival (2021).

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