INTERVIEW: Indie-Pop trio me+mad

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

Great, quarantine is kind of crazy but we’re hanging in there!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Time”?

Yes, when we were writing this song, we really wanted to make it feel like a clash of emotions. There are certain parts of the song that feel overwhelming or busy, and others that feel dreamy and open. The song is about overthinking a relationship. If anyone has been in this situation it’s very difficult to have a clear head.  So, in the song, we wanted a lot of vibe changes to portray how it feels to have these thoughts.

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

Yes, I remember telling all of my anxious feelings about my relationship to one of my close friends and he replied asking, “Well, do you love her?” When I answered yes, I felt this feeling of relief. I truly believe that sometimes we need to view things in a simpler light. When we compare ourselves to others or when we are unsatisfied with life, no matter what it is, overtime these thoughts build on each other. They start to contaminate the way we view other aspects of life without us even noticing. I realized that the problem didn’t lie in the relationship, but in my personal life. I believe we need to choose to see the good in what we already have. Only then will we have the clarity needed to know what should happen next.

How was the recording and writing process?

Usually when we write a song, the vibe changes a lot before it’s finished. Our song “Time” had pretty smooth writing process. Sam, our producer and co-writer would always play this melody on guitar when our friends would hangout. This melody became stuck in my head before even working on the song.  When we finally decided to use it, it wasn’t too difficult to write the rest. Something interesting was that this song, and a couple of other of our songs were written over facetime. This past semester Sam was at college in Virginia, Maddy was at home in Michigan, and I (Gavin) was in Tokyo, Japan. This whole experience really grew us as artists. It forced us to write in a different way, and brought our separate life experiences from across the world into the writing process as one. The recording process is always a lot of fun. Once the semester was over and I came back from Japan, we literally just recorded every single day for a week straight!

What role does Detroit play in your music?

We’ve never really thought about this before, but we would say that it has made us more DIY. Compared to other places, there aren’t as many resources where we live. We always joke around saying we don’t know what the heck we are doing, and are constantly trying new things. We love everything from writing songs to planning our music videos. Even for this release we stepped out of our comfort zone in lots ways. In the music video we’ll be releasing, we explored the realm of dancing.  We worked with a local choreography to create movement for this particular song. Maddy and I are not professional dancers in any way, but thought it’d be fun to explore expression through movement. We also spent a lot of time on the clothing and backdrop. Of course, now that we’ve tried these things out it makes us excited to just get better.

What is it about the 80s that you find so fascinating?

The 80s seem like a movie to me. Everything is just so over the top, I find the aesthetic to be very fun to play with.  I feel like there were no limits in fashion in this particular era. Also, there are many movies like Labyrinth and Legend that opened my eyes to the creativity of this era.  It was the movies and fashion from the 80s that fascinated me to explore a modern 80s aesthetic.

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

Yes, we’re actually planning on releasing more singles all throughout the Summer and Fall. Hopefully by the end of the year we will have released at least four or five of the songs we are working on right now.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Yeah, throughout the summe we are planning on releasing a song per month. The exact days are still being figured out, but you can expect a song in June, July, and August.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not as of now. The reason for this is that we’re more focused on growing our online audience, and creating better art.  Currently our following is much smaller than we want it to be, so instead of playing a ton of shows we would rather get better at producing great art. On top of that, the pandemic hinders most artist’s live shows from happening in person at the moment.

What else is happening next in me+mad’s world?

Currently due of the pandemic our plans and schedule for our music got pushed back a little.  We’ve been taking this time to grow in other areas of our art. For example, Maddy and I have been working on creating clothing for our music videos. This is actually showcased in our music video for Time. In addition to expanding our artistry, we’ve also been writing new music.


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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