INTERVIEW: Madison Paris
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Excuse”?
Excuse is my second single following on from ‘More’ which was released last winter. It follows similar themes of disappointment within a relationship however has a bit more attitude to it! It was written by myself and Josh Daniel and produced by Miguel London and Michelin Shin.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Being in a long distance relationship was definitely part of the inspiration! I think not seeing someone as often as you’d like puts so much pressure on things that would normally be irrelevant, it’s easy to feel deflated if plans continuously fall through (hence the hook “I don’t want your Excuse”) even though more often than not it’s just circumstantial.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
The video is actually coming out on Sunday the 29th on my VEVO channel! It’s my first music video so I’m very excited to see how it’s received.
How was the recording and writing process?
I originally started this song with producer Miguel London at Roundhouse studios. He created some of the beat and I instantly started humming the excuse hook. Miguel turned to me and said “I like that, use that” and the rest kind of fell into place around that hook with a little help from Josh Daniel who co-wrote the second half of the song.
What was it like to work with Miguel London and Michelin Shin? How did those relationships develop?
Excuse actually came from my first ever session with Miguel, we had such a great energy from first meeting and we instantly clicked. Then after getting down the skeleton of the song we took it to Michelin Shin to add his extra touches. I work with them both all the time (they actually co-produced my whole EP) and we have such a good relationship, they’re like my brothers!
How much did they get to influence the song?
Music to me is all about collaboration so I always really encourage whoever I’m working with to help me with all aspects of the song. They’re genuinely two of the most talented guys I know and collectively the ideas we come up with together are always unique and different to what I would have thought of on my own. So I would say they had just as much influence as me, it’s our song!
How do Solange and Jhene Aiko has influence your writing?
Solange has such a beautiful vulnerability to her music, it inspired me to try and have that same energy when writing, whether it be happy or sad I want every word to have a purpose and be believable and relatable. Conceptually she is amazing too!
I think Jhene inspires me in similar ways, her delivery and expression is so captivating but she also has this laid back, effortlessly cool attitude in her music which I love.
How’s your new album coming along?
My EP is coming along great! It’s my first project so we’re testing the waters a little bit with the sound and direction but I’m so happy with it so far and I can’t wait to share it with everyone!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We have a few ideas flying around but right now it’s too premature to say. However I can confirm it will definitely be out around summer.
Would you keep diving into the moody themes as disappointment in life or can we expect things brighter moving on?
My EP is actually mainly happy bright songs. As I said we’ve been experimenting and fine tuning my sound these past couple months but it definitely touches on new themes.
Any plans to hit the road?
Possibly, but for the moment we’re focusing on getting the EP right!
What else is happening next in Madison Paris’ world?
We are currently getting ready to shoot my next music video which is exciting and also gearing up to release my debut EP this summer!
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