INTERVIEW: Madelyn Victoria
How would you classify your music?
I would classify my music as Neo-traditional Country. I always want to keep the roots of Country music in my songs yet also something modern day Country lovers will enjoy. I not only think of the lyrics, but also the music- It has to be a balanced combo. Steel guitar is my favorite instrument and when I release my next single you will hear a lot of it in there.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
It’s so hard to choose because I have so many haha… But I will give you my top 5, in no particular order! George Strait has to be my biggest influence. I want to impact the Country music industry just as much as he has. I’m a 90’s baby and he’s what I grew up listening to the most. I also love Johnny Cash. His love for music, songwriting, family, faith, and life in general is what draws me to him. I have been reading up on him for the longest time and every story inspires me. Selena the Tejano singer is also a huge inspiration to me. Though it makes me sad, I love to watch her live performance videos and hope to, in my own style and way, have that same stage presence she had. Loretta Lynn has that honkytonk sound that I absolutely love and aspire to have her grit and confidence as a woman in the Country music industry. Also have to have Freddy Fender in my top 5. He is from my hometown and am so proud that he made it in the Nashville spotlight back in the day. I started off playing at the same bars he did and plan to continue in his footsteps knocking at Nashville’s door.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
I want fans to know that when I write it’s not just for me, but for them. I write about true events in my life and about my loved ones lives/stories. Sometimes they are exact scenarios, and other times I use a sort of “exaggerated truth” method to paint a picture… or in hopes of someone out there that can completely relate. I also always want them to dance to my music. When I get people dancing to my original songs it’s the best feeling in the world!!
How’s the music scene in your locale?
There is a lot of love for a good ole Country dancehall with a live Country band. Everyone two steps the night away. Even if people go out to a normal bar, they always end up in the Country dance halls to end the night. That’s where a lot of my inspiration comes from as well when I’m songwriting. I want to get people dancing to my music, and I can thank the south Texas dance halls for that.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
The best concert I’ve ever been to, let’s see… I actually will name a few because it is so hard for me to just pick one experience. One of my favorite bands of all time is actually not necessarily a Country band- but a southern rock band… Blackberry Smoke. I not only grew up on Country music but a lot of classic rock thanks to my well rounded music loving parents. Blackberry Smoke is like a modern day Lynyrd Skynyrd. Seeing them live for the first time was like seeing a band from heaven!. The talent that oozes from their fingers is incredible and during the concert I felt like I transported back in time, to my parents time, and it felt surreal. Also seeing George Strait in concert was amazing, of course. Then there was the Zac Brown Band concert, a concert I actually was the opening act for. I felt so humbled for Zac’s crew to choose me as their opening act and boy do they put on a show!! Also another overwhelming heavenly experience, haha. What I like most about playing live is being able to share with people my passion. I also absolutely love hearing my band mates play… when my lead guitarist gets done with a killer solo or my drummer is just nailing it in the pocket- it gets me so pumped and makes me a better performer, singer, etc.
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
I am very proud of my song He Only Loves Me on the Dance Floor and has to be my favorite one on my EP. I wanted it to be a song everyone can relate and dance to; I feel like I’ve accomplished that. One of my favorite places to be is in a dance hall/honkytonk and that’s what I wanted my song to depict. I have seen all types of love stories in these places and there was no better way to describe it other than the title to my song.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
I’m always striving to be the best I can be. During a show the other day the thought popped in my head “Wake up every day as if it’s your first day chasing your dream” No matter how far I go there is always room for improvement. But you can also take a step back and see how much you’ve grown as an artist over all and I’ve definitely been writing a lot more and the structure I’m striving for comes a lot easier.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
I’d definitely want to do all that with Johnny Cash. Bob Dylan once said that Johnny is like the North Star of music – he is definitely still that for me.. guiding and directing what I’m striving for everyday.
What’s next for you?
I’ve been working hard for my next single release. The plan is to release it this summer followed by a radio tour. It’s called “Right Here with You” so y’all be in the look out!
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