Give us a little bio about you.
I grew up in Wisconsin, started singing anywhere I could…biker bars, community fairs, weddings, funerals, birthday parties. I decided to follow some dreams so I packed up my mini van and moved out to Los Angeles in late 2016.
What made you go into music?
I have always loved music and found myself composing/writing songs at a young age. I felt like I couldn’t be a singer-songwriter or musician because I didn’t know anyone who was one! So I really focused on my studies and went to college where I double majored in Spanish and social work. While I was in college, I was also gigging full time, the more time went along, the more music kept calling out to me. My senior year of University, I dropped out and focused solely on music, then made the move to LA! “
You released your new EP ‘I&II’, tell us more about the EP.
I recorded two of these songs (Fragile Heart 1 & Treehouse 2) in a cabin outside of Montreal with producer Hugo Bombardier. The other 9 I produced with Justin Glasco in the back of an autobody shop in LA. I am so grateful to have had such incredible musicians sit in on these recordings. We have Isaiah Gage (Ringo Starr) on strings, Brandon Walters (Lord Huron) on guitar, and Justin Glasco (Christina Perri, Andrew Bird) on the other instruments. I really wanted to be as personal and cinematic as possible.
What is the meaning behind ‘I&II’.
I had this idea come to me one night as I was falling asleep to make two versions of each song. I had these 5 very intimate, personal tunes that I wanted to be able to present in a raw and then a more symphonic, produced way. SO. I came up with the idea to do a version with a 1 at the end which is the more stripped down version of the song, what you might hear at an acoustic show of mine. Then I recorded a version with a 2 at the end which was produced with my whole band…strings, synth, electric guitar, drums, bass, harmonies. I want the listener to be able to have two different experiences with these 5 tracks. To see what it might feel like to see me playing in a small venue vs a stadium.
Describe each track in two words.
1. Fragile Heart 1: my soul
2. Home 1: backyard memories
3. Quiet Down 1: LOVE RULES!
4. Simple Love 1: ultimate love
5. Treehouse 1: back when
6. Fragile Heart 2: fierce heart
7. Home 2: TURN UP!
8. Quiet Down 2: LOVE WINS!
9. Simple Love 2: heart swoon
10. Treehouse 2: electro feelings
What was the writing process like?
These songs all came from me looking at my life with a magnifying glass. I wanted to show my vulnerability, how I live, how I love…what it feels like to be human.
What was the recording process like?
The recording process was a dream. The team really was patient and let me experiment with finding the right instruments and feelings.
Who did you work with on the EP?
Producers: Justin Glasco & Hugo Bombardier
Mixers: Bryan Cook & Jean-Sebastien Fournier
Masters: Hans DeKline & Jean-Sebatien Fournier
Guitarist: Brandon Walters
Cellist: Isaiah Gage
Multi-Instrumentalist: Justin Glasco
Listen to I&II below;
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?
My lips are sealed on who…. but yes, keep watch.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
OH OF COURSE! Just DM me on Instagram or email me on my website at www.madisonmalonemusic.com
Who are your influences?
Highasakite, Sara Bareilles Aurora, Ruth B, Maggie Rogers, Beyoncé, Indigo Girls, Brandi Carlile…
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Life happens and the pen hits the paper.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I loveee to cook and bake all things. My girlfriend is a chef, so we make a lot of yummy things together. I also love to read. Historical fiction is my favourite.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Oh I love this question. I feel like Sara Bareilles’ album “Little Voice” showed me what it is like to write music that is heartfelt and cuts through to the soul. When I first heard this album, I knew I wanted to create something that moved me like this album moved me.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
I luckily have such amazing role models surrounding me every single day. I have a whole book filled with incredible pieces of advice. What is sticking with me most lately is to just keep going. To continue singing and creating and doing it because one day it will all come together.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
The local Walmart? Kidding, but not kidding. The rivers are so beautiful, if you ever find yourself in Portage, Wisconsin, go take a walk on the Levee which surrounds the Wisconsin River!
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? Home to kiss my love
2/ / Who do you see first? My love!
3/What do you eat first? Leo’s Tacos…al pastor