Why this Aussie singer is poised to dominate the music industry

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In the past few years, Australia has become the country to watch for rising musicians. From Iggy Azalea to Sia to Vance Joy, you really don't have to look much further than down under to scope out the next big artists in America. So it comes as no shocker that Meg Mac, the singer/songwriter who has been dominating the festival circuit, hails from the country.

Her voice is unlike any other. A cross between Fiona Apple and Adele and flecked with soul and indie-pop influences, Meg Mac's vocal prowess commands attention. Her single "Roll Up Your Sleeves" epitomizes her complex and compelling sound and is sure to be your go-to summer track this season.

On the heels of her packed Governors Ball performance in New York City, AOL.com had the incredible opportunity to sit down with Meg Mac to talk about her what preparation goes into her festival performances, what the biggest moment in her musical has been so far, and more!

This feature is a part of #KanvasLive, an interactive, cross-platform content series brought to life on the Kanvas app and AOL.com. See more on coverage here.

How do you prepare for festivals in comparison to other shows?
I did a bunch of festivals in Australia over New Years, so I kind of feel like it's similar to that. So I prep the same as I would there! But I love the atmosphere of festivals. And it's so social and it gives you the chance to meet other people. When you do your own show, you only think about yourself the whole time.

Do you have any crazy festival stories?
I always wear a hat and it always blows off my head. I've been badly sunburnt, and I'm never wearing perfect shoes since it's always muddy or rainy.

Tell us about your outfit -- we love your dress!
I borrowed this dress from Romance Was Born. It's very swishy so when you walk it looks good!



What's your favorite part about Governors Ball so far?
People are in a great mood. They seem to be happy even when it's raining and they have mud all over them.

Your sister is your back up singer, correct? How did that come about?
Yeah! I was living in Melbourne when I was putting my band together and my little sister was living with me and she sings. So I got her to sing for me!

You mentioned earlier that you saw an Australian flag in the audience. What's it like knowing that you're reaching different corners of the world with your music?
It's surprising! I never expected people to be in the audience. I love looking into the crowd and seeing people's faces as they sing along to some of my songs that are not as well known. It just flips you out that you're so far away from home but people still know you and your music.



What has been the most surreal moment for you so far in your career?
I still think the very first time I was played on the radio. I don't think anything tops that. Lots of good things have happened since that first song got played, but that feeling was incredible. I had been living in Perth at the time and I decided to drive to Melbourne which is on the opposite side of the country. There was no reception as I was driving, but just as I was entering Melbourne my phone went off with an email saying my song was going to get played that night on Triple J which is a radio station. It welcomed me to Melbourne which was a good sign.

What new music or projects are you working on now?
I finished recording a few weeks ago in Fort Worth, Texas. I hope by the end of the year it comes out, but we're working as fast as we can to get the mixes done.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Atmosphere during 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 2 at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Atmosphere during 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 2 at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Nicole Alyse is seen wearing an outfit from American Eagle and an American Gypsy Vintage jacket during Day 2 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Space Man Does is seen during Day 2 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Denny Balmaceda is seen wearing a vintage t-shirt, Boohoo Man shirt and a vintage hat during Day 2 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Close-up shot of a guest wearing Jump From Paper bag at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Marie Simonova is seen wearing a Forever 21 dress during Day 2 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Guest wearing H&M at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Nikki Amthor is seen with a Loeffler Randall bag and Dior sunglasses during Day 2 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Phantogram of Big Grams performs during the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 1 at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Samantha Mitchell is seen wearing a vintage Indian vest, vintage skirt, Aldo boots and an Antik Batik bag during Day 2 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Jasmine Shirley is seen wearing an Urban Outfitters top and Forever 21 shorts during Day 2 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Megan Tatem is seen wearing a Made Me leather bomber jacket and Zara dress during Day 2 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Alicia is seen wearing a Pixie Market dress during Day 2 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Lauren Gould is seen wearing an outfit from Lord and Taylor with an Urban Outfitters necklace during Day 2 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Moti Ankari at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Atmosphere during 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 2 at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Close-up shot of a guest wearing Kate Spade bag at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Chantal Monaghan wearing H&M at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: RJ King at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Quay Sunnies wearing Wrangler Sports bra from Urban Outfitters, Adidas culottes and Adidas sneakers at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Mandy Lee of Misterwives performs onstage during 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Governors Ball)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: A view of festival goers during 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Governors Ball)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: A view of festival goers during 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Governors Ball)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: FLETCHER performs onstage during 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Governors Ball)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Festival goers attend the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 1 at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Festival goers attend the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 1 at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Festival goers attend the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 1 at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Festival goers attend the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 1 at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Festival goers attend the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 1 at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Elle King performs live on day 1 of Governors Ball festival at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Lauren Jade Keasey wearing vintage dress, H&M hat, vintage dingo boots and Ralph Lauren bag at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Close-up shot of a guest seen at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Nikki Jumper wearing Top Shop coat, Pilyq dress, handmade necklace at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Asha Lushington wearing Clover Canyon pijama at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Close-up shot with Ralph Lauren bag at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Conr Kinman wearing vintage shirt, Walmart overalls, Chloe scard, Miansai bracelet, Stan Smiths adicolor at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Alexandra Presley is seen wearing a vintage outfit and a YSL bag during Day 1 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Maddie Dawson is seen wearing a DIY by Maddie Dawson jean jumper during Day 1 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Clarice is seen wearing an Alexander Wang jacket and Frye boots during Day 1 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Mila Victoria is seen wearing an army surplus outfit during Day 1 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Nicki Defosset is seen wearing a St. Barths sundress and BCBG white fur during Day 1 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Murlin Saint-Jean wearing Thrift vintage shirt, Target hat, Hot Topic jeans, Dr. Martens shoes at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Aubriana Venegas wearing Urban Outfitters hat, Free People dress, DSW store boots at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Emily McMonagle is seen with a Coca Cola purse during Day 1 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Alexandra Presley is seen wearing a vintage outfit and a YSL bag during Day 1 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Karla is seen wearing a Target Top, American Apparel shorts and hat during Day 1 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Alex is seen wearing a LF dress during Day 1 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Sydney Utendahl is seen wearing vintage Wrangler pants, no name top and vintage Aldo boots during Day 1 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Emily McMonagle is seen wearing a Lou and Grey outfit during Day 1 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Emily McMonagle is seen wearing a Lou and Grey outfit during Day 1 of the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Close-up shot of a vintage jacket at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Bryan DiSanto wearing Bonobos shirt and shorts, Urban Outfitters hat and Warby Parker sunglasses at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marie Simonova/Getty Images)
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