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Ian MacDonald is the father of Louis MacDonald. He sent his home audio recordings of Lorde and Louis McDonald covering Duffy's song "Warwick Avenue" and the pair singing Pixie Lott's "Mama Do" to Universal Music Group (UMG)'s A&R Scott Maclachlan.

Background of relationship with Lorde

On August 13, 2009, Lorde and McDonald were invited in for a chat on Jim Mora's Afternoons show on Radio New Zealand. There, they performed covers of Pixie Lott's "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)" and Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody". After this, Ian, Louis' father, sent Universal Music Group (UMG)'s A&R Scott Maclachlan recordings of them covering the songs "Warwick Avenue" and "Mama Do". This would eventually end up in Lorde being teamed up with Joel Little.