With new music on the horizon, US-based artist Madison dropped by to tell us about her new empowering single and how politics can play a huge role in music.
Hey Madison, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us. “Sky High”, your latest release, is an empowering single. What inspired the track?
To be honest I was feeling sad and trying to get out of feeling sad, the world is quite heartbreaking at the moment and everyone has their own roller coaster that they are on. I just kind of started the song by thinking about how I couldn’t stay in this feeling. I need to get out.. and working through those feelings .. and outside/ out there / outside of my head – it is a beautiful world. I’m generally pretty positive but obviously still get down so it’s like hey stop – step into the light.
What kind of people do you make your music for?
Anyone, everyone. Seriously. My last few singles were very female empowerment driven and this is a new direction of expression.
You’re fully engaged with politics on Twitter – do you think it’s important to be aware of what’s happening within the political world?
Ha ha yeah sometimes I go nuts! I get annoyed with people who bury their heads. I think its unfair. OUR job to each other is to be involved. We don’t exist on an island we live in a society together as a community. Change only happens when we work together. Everyone can do SOMETHING. Vote, volunteer, speak out, donate your time, your money (even 5 dollars can help), your energy. We are in a crisis and its all hands on deck in my opinion.
Do you think it’s important to talk about politics and social issues in music?
One can do both. Talk about it or not.. not all music needs to be political- sometimes people just want to get lost in the feeling! Sometimes we need some comic relief. Sometimes we need songs about breakups or feeling happy. BUT if you have something to say- please say it! Speak your truth. Use your voice for a good purpose, that purpose might be speaking out on issues or empowering people or helping people get out and dance, that’s good too.
Can music ever be a force for change?
What’s your favourite protest song?
I love “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” – a poem and song by Gil Scott-Heron. The song’s title was originally a popular slogan among the 1960s Black Power movements in the United States.
Or even something like ‘Strange Fruit’ my gosh that song is deep. Performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Also covered beautifully by Nina Simone. Written by teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem and published in 1937, it protested American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. I also dig something more recent like Jarina De Marco‘s ‘Release the Hounds’ to join in protest around Standing Rock.
We can’t wait to hear more from you! Thanks for chatting with us here at LOCK.
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