INTERVIEW: Soul-Pop Singer-Songwriter Madi Rindge

Hi Madi, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! Thank you so much for having me!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Just One”?

I wrote “Just One” last fall when I was questioning certain relationships in my life — with family, friends and especially with my boyfriend at the time. I was unhappy and didn’t know who I could lean on. That’s when I started putting all of my energy into practicing self-love and prioritizing the relationships that were making me happy; starting with the one I have with myself.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Towards the end of my relationship with my ex-boyfriend, I was miserable. I felt trapped. I lost my confidence, any sense of security and belief in myself. But I was afraid to admit that the relationship I signed myself up for was undeniably the reason for my misery. So when Geo (the producer) and I got together for a writing session, we took that experience and ended up with “Just One”.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Right now I’m focusing on videos for two other singles off the EP. One of them will be for “Perfect”, which is the next single I’m releasing, out December 1st!

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

After writing “Just One” with Geo, I became hopeful again and re-inspired. Not only was I was I bouncing off the walls with excitement for how the song turned out, but also it reignited my passion – something that was suppressed for too long. It wasn’t until writing this song did I even realize the effects this toxic relationship that I was in was having on me. Just One represents an awakening; self-discovery, growth and love.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was honestly one of the best writing and recording processes I’ve had yet. Geo and I sat down in his bedroom one afternoon and immediately got to work. Ideas flowed. He played a few chords on the piano and when we landed on some that we both loved, I began writing lyrics and melodies. Within a few hours we had written and recorded “Just One” right there in his bedroom.

How has your upbringing influenced your music?

I grew up in a household where music was constantly playing – jazz, Brazilian, Motown, you name it. With parents in the music industry – one a performer and the other an executive – music was everything. My younger brother, Remy, and I played classical piano every day. We almost felt like it was forced upon us so we tried guitar and violin, too, to try and get out of playing piano, but those weren’t the right fit either.

One day after school, our parents sat us down and told us they were getting divorced. I had just started middle school and Remy was still in elementary school. He started hysterically sobbing and I sat there in silence, stunned. Our Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions came to a halt. I was transferred to a new school and was separated from my best friend. I was confused and scared. Not knowing who to trust or who I could talk to, I turned to singing and writing music. Though I experienced some of the toughest times in my entire life, I do think it helped propel me into the creative space I’m now inhabiting. And it has, to this day, been the best form of therapy. I don’t know where I’d be without having discovered that.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else than when you are writing on your own?

It really depends on who I’m writing with but generally, yes. Each session is so different because sometimes you work better with certain people or in certain environments. So no two sessions are ever the same.

 When I collaborate with someone else I often come prepared with a couple lyrical concepts or melodic phrases ready to mess around with to help spark other ideas. Whereas when I write on my own, I usually do so when I’m feeling strongly about a particular situation. If I’m sad, frustrated, or even really excited, for instance, that’s typically when I’ll sit down and start writing. Like I briefly mentioned before, writing is very therapeutic. And when I do write, it almost always begins at the piano. I’ll play chords that reflect how I’m feeling in that moment, sing melodies over the chords and then start writing lyrics.

What role does LA play in your writing?

LA plays a big part in my writing! I constantly feel like my creative spirit is being stimulated. I’ll be in Trader Joe’s, for example, and see something that triggers an idea so I’ll open the notes app on my phone and jot down lyrics. Or I’ll be driving down PCH along the ocean to let my mind run, and that’s when I’ll think of a melody.

Working with the musicians and artists I’ve met in LA are chasing their dreams. They’re hustling – we all are! And it feels so good to be surrounded with that energy. We’re all just trying to be part of something bigger and I think being in this city reminds us that it is possible to make that happen. The community of musicians and music lovers I’ve surrounded myself with makes me feel at home. And I’ve met so many wonderful people who have influenced me in ways I could never have imagined.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I write all of my songs from personal experience, which I find to be more authentic and frankly easier! So anytime I pull from that and write something I’m really into, it’s undeniably one of the best feelings in the world.

Each of my songs has its own story and is sparked by a specific experience. For example, “Just One” was written after the fight I had with my ex, which only confirmed my decision to leave him. And “Perfect”, which is the next single I’ll be releasing on December 1st, was triggered by an experience I went through where I felt completely objectified and devalued as a woman.

Although negative experiences are inevitable, it is so empowering and gratifying to turn them into art; and to voice them to the world.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I’m planning a tour for next year and I can’t wait!

What else is happening next in Madi Rindge’s world?

I guess you’ll just have to wait and see 😉 Haha but you can follow me on instagram @madirindge to follow me on my journey!

Again, that you so much for taking the time and having me! Stoked to be back <3

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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