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INTERVIEW: Maddison

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

Hi, thanks for having us! We have been really good, very busy, but we like that.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lose My Mind”?

Yes of course, Lose My Mind is taken from our latest EP, Recovery, and is an upbeat, anthemic rock track. Lyrically, it’s about always being on the verge of losing your mind and trying to stay in control.

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

I have personally been to some really dark places over the last ten years. From tragically losing my brother, and then my father shortly after. In the midst of that, I had a near fatal motorcycle crash which caused me to spiral into extreme depression which really tested me, and I often felt like I was losing my mind. So it wasn’t from one particular event but more an amalgamation of things that really weighed me down.

Can you tell us a little bit about the process and experience behind the video?

Making this video was a great experience. It was done in a day with a small film crew, ourselves, and various local actors. We all found it extremely fun and enjoyable as most of the time we were watching people fighting or smashing glass, and even getting kicked over tables! The process was amazing from start to finish and we’re incredibly pleased with how it came out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_9JeO8PiAA (VIDEO FOR LOSE MY MIND)

The single comes off your new album Recovery – what’s the story behind the title?

My first album, The Dark, was exactly that. I was writing about that period of my life and the dark place I was at the time. If you think of The Dark as the journey, Recovery is the destination. It has the same metaphoric thinking behind it, while conveying a different message. The music on the record reflects the bravery, growth and strength to fight back and get stronger, and thus being able to make a recovery.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing and recording process has evolved since the bands conception. It’s a lot more fluid now. As soon as we have a hook or a riff that we like, we’re able to build a track around it, and that rings true for all of the tracks on the new record.

How have bands like Muse and Foo Fighters influenced your music?

Both of these bands are absolute juggernauts in the music world. We take influence from the way they write memorable, powerful tracks that stand the test of time, while never losing their identity. If either of these come on the radio, you can tell pretty much straight away that it’s them. We’d love for people to think the same way about Maddison.

What role does Wales play in your writing?

We were all in bands back when the Welsh music scene was at its peak and in recent years, that seems to have died down. There were so many great bands back then and that includes the ones who didn’t make it! It makes me proud that with Maddison we’re trying to breathe some fire back into the dragon.

What aspects of mental health did you get to explore on this record?

That’s a tough question for me to answer because I haven’t explored mental health, I’ve actually lived it for years so I understand it very well. I wanted to portray that feeling of how one moment everything seems fine, but in an instant, with no warning, your mind just flips, changes and goes in the complete opposite direction.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re in the process of scheduling shows, so nothing to announce just yet, but keep an eye on our social media channels for updates on where you can see us live!

What else is happening next in Maddison’s world?

We’re currently writing the next EP, rehearsing, and looking to play shows as soon as possible. We can’t wait for what’s next, and hope you’re looking forward to it as much as we are!

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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