INTERVIEW: Madison Park

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

I’ve recently finished wrapping up my first single “Hindsight” which I actually started making last Summer, and now I’m working on a lot of new music and experimenting with different elements that I always wanted to incorporate in my style of dance music.

Can you talk to us more about your upcoming single “Hindsight”?

“Hindsight” is about being in a relationship with someone who has been hurt too many times to openly trust a new relationship. It is a reassurance that you, who has been equally hurt in the past, believe the pain was meant to happen, because it led you both to this very moment.

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

Nothing specific inspired to write this song. We just started writing it once the production was forming its shape enough to make us vibe with the record. Also, the name of the writer I worked with is “fiction.” so that explains!

Any plans to release a music video for the single?

Yes! There will be both music and lyric video coming along with the song. We shot both videos in Manhattan, New York and actually one of my good friends who currently goes to Columbia is starring in it. We got along really well with the videographer is actually from Italy, and was visiting New York during Fashion Week.

How was the recording and writing process?

I actually had to ask fiction, who co-wrote and recorded the vocals for this song, about this because we wrote and recorded this about a year ago and I couldn’t remember much about it. It’s hard to quantify the entire process, but when we were writing, melodies and lyrics simultaneously fall into place and become a story. Fun fact, after writing and recording the song, the files got overwritten and we had to record to entire song all by memory, and I remember just sitting on a couch in the studio and freaking out about it.

How has your classical training background influenced your modern music?

Classical piano background definitely influenced a lot how I make my music and the style of my music. Compared to just sitting on a studio couch or basically anywhere without keys, I get at least 10 times more creative in front of a piano or a keyboard when coming up with new ideas. It may sound ridiculous but I almost feel like my fingers on a piano have some sort of intelligence within them because they are way faster at getting new melodies and ideas out than the speed of my brain trying to do the same thing. Although there aren’t a lot of common denominators between dance music and classical piano music, I always try to incorporate a lot of piano elements in my records and it just happens naturally since I always start the initial idea with the keys.

Does current Pop culture ever have influence in your writing?

The term “pop culture” pretty much covers every bit of content I consume on the internet and in real life, so it’s a lie if I say I never get influenced by it in my writing since the outcome of any writing or production starts from me myself as a person. But also at the same time, I don’t think my music is necessarily a clear reflection of our current state or trend of pop-culture because it’s more about me discovering who Madison Park is as an artist and a producer.

What role does South Korea play in your work?

I never thought my nationality would play a big role in my work. K-Pop is definitely a mainstream genre here but I don’t listen to it much. I just don’t really relate to the genre. Also, the Korean dance music scene is just about to form its own bubbles and it’s still small, but I don’t really care about the current state of the industry or the genre I make because I am who I am and I just make my own music to express myself as a person, not as a Korean.

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

I love working with different writers, producers and singers. Every moment I spend with them in a studio working together, I learn so much from them and it helps me grow a lot as an artist and a producer. Different people have different stories and ideas, and those things inspire me more than anything else and it makes me develop a better sense and more efficient thought process when producing and writing new music. Aside from the work, they often become my best friends too so that’s a huge plus.

Does the new single mean we can expect even more new material – how’s that coming along?

Absolutely. I’m even more excited about the music that I’m currently working on and wrapping up for the next releases! You guys can expect more experimental production style and poetic lyrics that I will also be a part of.

Any plans to hit the road?

It’s always been my goal to go on a tour and meet more of my fans in person. But for now, I am focusing on getting more music out there and build my fan base.

What else is happening next in Madison Park’s world?

I honestly have no idea because I’m in an industry where you can’t expect or guarantee anything about the future, which I both love and hate about. But one thing for sure, I will constantly be putting out dope music and visuals so please stay tuned.

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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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