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Sean Mackin of Yellowcard

August 23, 2007 by  
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ycmainSean Mackin considers himself the luckiest person in the world, and not without good reason. He’s got one hell of a unique job ― violinist in a rock band. That’s not something you see on a lot of resumes.

Mackin’s musical contributions have helped his band, Yellowcard, create their signature mixture of violin-tinged rock/pop. The distinctive sound of the Jacksonville, Florida quintet (Mackin on violin, Ryan Key on vocals/guitar, Pete Mosely on bass, drummer Longineu Parsons III, and guitarist Ryan Mendez) has proven a hit with music fans. After several independent releases, Yellowcard scored a deal with Capitol Records and went on to sell 3 million+ albums, including the 2003 smash “Ocean Avenue,” and the critically-acclaimed follow-up, “Lights and Sounds.”

Now, with the release of Yellowcard’s latest album, “Paper Walls,” and the new single “Light Up The Sky,” Mackin took the time to chat with me about the making of the record, fun with 3-year-olds on airplanes, and why kids who get bullied in school may end up having the last laugh.

Interviewed by: Heather Kobrin | August 2007
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