Published on September 10th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


MC Lars On His “The Dewey Decibel System” Album With Mega Ran & Finding Success Being DIY

Earlier this year, nerdcore legends Mega Ran and MC Lars teamed up to release a new literary themed collaborative album, The Dewey Decibel System. The 14-track album also features collaborations with Jill Sobule, Bowling For Soup’s Jaret Reddick, YouTube star Dan Bull, nerdcore pioneer MC Frontalot, Mello Music’s Quelle Chris, A$AP Rocky producer Charlie Mumbles, and Akon producer Matt Weiss.

MC Lars is a long-established artist with a career going back about 20 years. Consistently hopping genres and breaking ground as a creative force, MC Lars has hosted two TEDx talks, premiered a song at Carnegie Hall, survived three complete Warped Tours, opened for Snoop Dogg, successfully launched his own label (Horris Records) and collaborated with both “Weird Al” Yankovic and KRS-One.

I had the pleasure of speaking with MC Lars himself by phone in June 2019 — apologies to Lars and team for the delay in getting this interview out into the world — shortly after the release of The Dewey Decibel System. Simply put, few artists you’ll ever interview are as warm or insightful as MC Lars, who you can visit online at for tour dates and more about his forthcoming LP Finite Jest.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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