By Mollie Eisler | October 10, 2023
Mackenzie Shrieve gets gigs, whether she’s booking or playing them herself. As the Operations Manager at the concierge booking platform, GigFinesse, Mackenzie oversees a team focused on transforming and improving the booking process between venues and artists. As a singer/songwriter, Mackenzie makes folk/indie/rock music with a twist of pop and deeply personal lyrics. Bridging her personal and professional lives through live music, Mackenzie’s empathy for artists and insights from the industry allow her to curate the perfect vibes on stage. Check out her upcoming EP release show on October 28th!
What was the first concert you attended?
My first real concert was the Cheetah Girls in 2005. They stopped in San Francisco on their tour.
Where are you from/when did you move to nyc?
I’m from the Bay Area, and I moved to NYC in 2015 to attend NYU. I’ve been here ever since.
What do you do?
I work at a music tech company called GigFinesse. We aim to streamline the booking process between artists and venues. I oversee the booking team here in NYC and get to work with venues/artists across the country. I have booked over 1,000 artists! I’m also an artist myself. There are so many discrepancies and miscommunications within the live music scene, and working at GigFinesse has given me so much insight in my own music career.
Who/what do you draw inspiration from?
I draw a lot of inspiration from artists like Japanese Breakfast, Haim, and Ashe. I also work with so many independent local bands who inspire me. My music is really personal, so my lyricism always comes from my direct relationships, environments, experiences, etc.
What does live music mean to you?
My career, personal life, and social life all kind of revolve around live music, so it’s definitely my greatest love/passion.
Tell us about the music you make and your journey as an artist.
I started writing music when I was around eight years old. I’m an only child and had working parents, so I experimented with tons of activities to keep myself busy. I ended up playing a lot of sports and then slowly started picking up different instruments. I would go to practice and then come home to play my instruments and write my music. I made the ultimate pivot to music when I moved to NYC for college. To echo what I said above, I write extremely personal music. It typically starts pretty singer-songwriter/folk, but I would overall define my music as folk/indie/rock with some pop influences.