Madeline Rosene Interview
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
I never consciously decided to pursue a career in music. We should definitely question the sanity of anyone who says they did. Music chooses people. The only thing you decide is how much of your time you devote to it.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
Alanis morissette, Elliott Smith, Liz Phair, Modest Mouse, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Shins... I have so many. I’m attracted to music that has a very distinct and recognizable sound. I’m also attracted to highly original lyrics and thoughts.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
1. I don’t listen to a lot of music. But when I like a song, I may play it 300 times.
2. I like to perform but, as an introvert, it takes a lot of emotional energy for me to perform and I am usually totally wiped out the day after.
3. I’m an INFJ personality type...
What song of yours best describes you and why?
My new song, Everyday Existential Crisis, is kind of about how every day I decide something different, I can’t make decisions, and I don’t know who I am. It’s a song about being lost. I don’t think it describes me all the time but it does describe how I feel sometimes.
Maybe Talking To Myself is a better choice. My songs are pretty self deprecating haha.. I’m trying to keep this positive.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
I like playing at Hotel Cafe. Always a good crowd of people who genuinely like to listen to music and have a good attention span.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
Blossom Music Center. It’s an outdoor amphitheater in Akron, Ohio. I’m from Ohio and I love that venue. It’s like a more intimate Hollywood Bowl.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
I’d work in the medical field.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
I like going to Coachella— bouncing from stage to stage...
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
No one would come to this because it’s too weird and I’m just putting my favorites randomly. I should never be a festival curator.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Marina and The Diamonds
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
I mostly get annoyed when I think people are being unfair. I like things to be fair and balanced. Happy things: fresh fruit, family, time to do nothing, journaling, creative spaces, smart people, talented people.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
I snowboard. I run. I do pilates. Active things.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
Yes and no. Good way to make and reach fans but I don’t think social media, especially when we are constantly consumed by it, is good for anyone’s mental health.
How important do you think your look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
I think whatever your “look” is, it has to say something. You have to stand for something and it has to be somewhat clear from they way you portray yourself visually— in music videos, photos, etc... you have to tell a story, not just in song but in many mediums.
I think we are moving away from worshipping pop stars that look like Barbies, which is dope.
Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?
I don’t have any. I don’t really like tattoos that much. If I were to get one, it would probably be some of my lyrics that I like.
If you ran the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
Well, most of our issues in the US could not be solved in one day. I think I would just appoint Bernie Sanders and let him take care of it.
What would your ideal day consist of?
I like going out to eat with 1-3 friends. Maybe lunch or dinner. Going to the recording studio is like going to church for me. It’s spiritual and therapeutic. I like going to the studio with 1-3 people. I don’t like hanging out with big crowds for longer than 3-4 hours. Usually I will only stay somewhere with a big crowd for about an hour. It would probably be an out to eat (sushi) / recording studio day.
What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations. Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?
Well, I haven’t been able to perform, which I’m disappointed about but I’m also somewhat grateful for this time to slow down and write and record. I don’t really have any stories. I’m an introvert so I’m not complaining about the lack of parties or socialization and I’m just kind of hanging in there, becoming more comfortable with live streaming!
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
Thank you for listening. Go be unapologetic-ally yourself.
How would you answer the question Who is Madeline Rosene and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?
Madeline is a creative thinker and lover of words and sound. I try not to be different when I do music vs. when I’m not doing music. I don’t want to be one of those people who acts one way at the office and then goes home and is a completely different person. The notion of “professionalism,” is silly to me. “Act professional.” I don’t understand that. You’re either kind, understanding, and respectful to people in your daily life— when you’re working and when you’re not— or you’re not. Anyone who turns something on and then turns it off (personality wise), worries me.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
I asked for a variety of CDs from my parents for my eighth birthday. They came up with Jimmy Buffet, The Monkees, Radio Disney (something or other), and more that I can’t remember... I remember listening to the Monkees the most. Also The Hampster Dance was a pretty hot tune on Radio Disney at the time...
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
“If you have to think about it, it might not be for you...” Honestly, sure, I question WHY I do what I do. But all of the time I put into music is never a waste, because I don’t think there’s anything else that is as worthy of my time. I think you can decide to learn an instrument or decide to learn a production software, but, overall, where you wind up devoting your energy— it’s either in music or it isn’t and usually sacrifices have to be made because music requires a lot of attention.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
Alanis Morissette. I just think we would hit it off. We both love words and expression.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
It wouldn’t be a top twenty one (that’s probably always going to be my issue) that people will necessarily know. I wish I had written some of Elliott Smith’s music just because I feel it song strongly and relate to it— “Say Yes,” “Waltz no. 2,” “Miss Misery,” I have song envy every so often. I love that song by the Fratellis, “Whistle For The Choir.” There’s a song by Little Joy called “Unattainable.” Those are a few I definitely have WCE over (that’s writer credit envy) ;)
What things make you uncomfortable?
Confrontation and unnecessary criticism. I have thick skin but I think some people are critical and confrontation just for the thrill? I will never understand that.
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
A buy one get one half off coupon. Gotta slang these books.
What has the rest of the year got in store for you?
Sheltering from pandemic, creating a tour deck, finishing my next album. If the world gets normal again, go on tour. The new album is called Everyday Existential Crisis.