Singer/writer/producer Madge is an artist with love at her leisure. Hailing from a town south of Salt Lake City called Provo, but residing in sunny California now, she was raised as a Mormon and trained as a classical musician. The juxtapositions should not escape you. These meshings are the fiber to which Madge has formed her self-professed “saccharine assault,” music.
We get to know this multi-faceted goddess of music and fall in love with her over and over again.
What are you working on now?
A video for my next single! I have a bunch of songs ready to get out there and an album in the works. I also just wrapped production on a short film that I wrote and now I’m scoring.
What drives you to create?
My gnawing anxiety and nonlinear brain definitely contribute. Sometimes creating is the only way I can make my thoughts feel linear and solid. I feel like I’m always thinking about seven things at the same time, bouncing between them like a pinball machine. Writing music or working on films helps me feel tangible.
Growing up what were you listening to and singing along to? What about now?
I listened to a lot of classical music and Sesame Street. And Broadway musical soundtracks. But I was also secretly listening to TLC and the Spice Girls and especially my 5th grad fave B*Witched (a lesser know Irish girl group that featured actual fiddling–please tell me there are other fans out there…) I don’t actively listen to a lot of music because I produce and write music every day. I’m all about podcasts. But when I do take some time to enjoy music, I love Cocteau Twins, Girlpool, FKA Twigs, France Gall, etc. It’s an eclectic mix but deep down I’m just a sucker for a good hook.
What are your favorite kind of movies to watch?
Just like… tragic, bloody French films. I’m obsessed with Catherine Breillat. I also gravitate toward magical realism. Hellboy is a fave.
Can you tell us your worst heartbreak?’
One time I got an IUD and I was in the worst pain imaginable. I remember that I called my person to come over and they did. We snuggled and talked and I felt so cared for and safe. Then the next day they suddenly stopped responding to me and two days later they sent a weird apologetic text about breaking up. It was all so painful. I remember feeling literally stuck in my bed with the physical and emotional pain of it. It was more like a uterus break lol.
Write us a haiku.
It shouldn’t rhyme though
I didn’t write it to rhyme
Blood made it that way
Wowee so emo!
How has California influenced your music?
Hmmmm…. California is such a comfortable place–I wonder if my songs have become less angsty since living here. I’m not sure. I know for sure that when I’m living in bleaker places my writing gets dark. I wrote some weird stuff while I lived in New York.
Does anyone who might have a crush on you be reading this? What is your message to them?
I always have crushes so chances are I could have a few lil crushees out there. I wish I could kiss you all on the cheek and watch a horror film with you!
Who is the muse for “Fight or Fight Club”?
If I had to choose a person it would be Persephone, the goddess of the Underworld. Equal parts fight and flight, terrible and terrified. I think that Siouxsie Sioux is also my muse in all things sexy and gory like this.
Look 1 (red pants and pink shirt). Vintage Nordstrom Tuxedo Shirt. J.Crew Collection Silk Chiffon neck tie. Calvin Klein High Waisted Brief. Hanes Tube Socks. Jewelry and Pumps Model’s own
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