Hi David, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks for having me! I’ve been doing okay – hanging around at home like everyone else I guess, but keeping busy.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Collide”?
“Collide” takes place in outer space. There’s a lonely astronaut (who I like to think of as a space cowboy) piloting his rocket ship, wondering if he’ll ever see a certain someone again.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I don’t think so. I wrote this song a few years ago, so it’s funny that I happened to release it now, when a lot of people are kind of lonely sitting in their houses anyways. That wasn’t planned at all, but it happened that way!
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Not at the moment, but I’m thinking about it – it’s a very visual song.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote it late at night (midnight or 1am) in 2017. I remember I wrote it pretty quickly. It’s very different from all my other songs stylistically – “Collide” has a lot more chords and the lyrics are a lot more flowery.
I recorded with my friend Peach Luffe, a Toronto producer and singer-songwriter. His style fit this song perfectly, since he loves using lush chords and smooth guitar sounds. We recorded in his bedroom, which was a first for me; this was the first time I had recorded a track without drums.
What role does Toronto play in your music?
I grew up and live in Toronto so I think it grounds a lot of my music. I love writing about city life and cities, and I think there are a lot of cool opportunities for country artists to write about cities; those aren’t opposite concepts in my mind. I also try to use Canadian place names where possible, although there are a lot of really cool-sounding American places.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
The pandemic has slowed down my plans a little bit, but yes! I’m hoping to put out a few more space-country songs this year, kind of as a collection alongside “Collide.”
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I have a couple titles in mind … keep your eyes peeled for maybe July or August.
Any plans to hit the road?
No L Hopefully in 2021 or 2022!
What else is happening next in David Madras’ world?
I’ve been writing a lot while social distancing, hoping to put some of that out soon alongside some more space-country! Obviously the pandemic makes all of this complicated, but we’ll see what we can do.