INTERVIEW: David Madras

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.

Stream ‘Collide’ on Soundcloud or Spotify

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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