Thursday, September 13, 2012

RIP Andrew "Mac" Macaskill

Still from Beth's Song music video, Danny Manetto on left, Mac Macaskill on right
Andrew "Mac" Macaskill, one third of the original line-up of Auckland Band Voom (alongside Danny Manetto and Buzz Moller), passed away this morning. Much love to his friends and family.

some history: "Voom first formed back in the early 90’s. Buzz Moller and Mac MacCaskill noodled away making music in their basement for years before anyone heard a thing. ‘Relax’ was the first single released to student radio and it became a well-known b net hit. Second single ‘Beth’ soon followed suit. Danny Manetto joined the band on bass and they played many venues around New Zealand and released the highly acclaimed debut album ‘Now I Am Me’ in 1998 [Antenna Recordings]. Voom shows grew larger and larger; a particular highlight was performing in support of Pulp at the North Shore Events Centre..."  Mac left the band over personal issues with singer Buzz Moller.

He was also involved in the 2010 Project, a band that featured "2 ex members of Voom being Mac Macaskill & Danny Manetto + Tony Shields & Simon Harris".

Mac features in the video below...

Obit from NZ Herald, Saturday Sept 15: "MACASKILL, Andrew Scott (Mac). Aged 49 yrs, passed away in the company of his darling Leisa on Thursday 13th September 2012 after a short illness. Most treasured son (Scamp) of Trish and Stuart and dearly loved brother of Grant and Helen and Ian and Sandie. Adored Dad of Sophie and Nic and the coolest Uncle Mac to Ella, Callum and Lewis. His loving nature and wonderful free spirit will be greatly missed by us all.

A service will be held at 3:00pm Tuesday 18th September at the Purewa All Saints Crematorium Chapel, All Saints Rd, Meadow Bank, Auckland. Our sincere thanks to the Doctors and Nurses at the Mercy Hospice for their compassionate care of Mac and family. Donations please in lieu of flowers to the Mercy Hospice, Ponsonby, Auckland."

Also from the NZH: "MACASKILL, Mac. My brave man died in my arms at 3.05am on 13 September, 2012. Too young and too good to die. Loved friend and mentor to the Manetto-Munro lads, Xavier and Lucian. A loved member of Christine and Bruce's family, the Munro Clan. Much loved father to Sophie and Nick. My lover and best friend Leisa xxx ..."

photo: Mac Macaskill's Twitter

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