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  • Kendall Koval

Interview: "Nightshade" - Madison

'Nightshade’ is such a fun track, I have had it on repeat all day! What is the story behind the track?

Madison: Thank you! I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying it! The concept for ‘Nightshade’ started because I was really enticed by the word & thought the poisonous plant ‘deadly nightshade’ could be a cool subject. I love to approach my songwriting with a story-telling aspect, fantasy elements, strong concepts & lots of interesting metaphors (which I could use easily here)! Like poisonous nightshade, I’ve had some pretty toxic romantic history to be able to draw from as inspiration. The track paints the story of opening your heart to someone new & realizing when it’s too late, that they are soooo toxic for you and are completely draining your life force.

I wrote this track in Copenhagen a few years ago in a studio session with the killer producer & writer Frederik Carstens. When deciding on my next song to release, I flicked the demo of ‘Nightshade’ to absolute legend Oliver Lundström, who has produced my released material to date. We both loved the tracks potential, so it was a no-brainer!

If ‘Nightshade’ had a music video, what do you think it would look like?

Madison: It would be very much in a fantasy world & quite avant-garde. Telling the lyrical story, but toying with Hansel & Gretel themes like being trapped by a witch or something cool like that.

*Insert YouTube Video*

What is your personal favorite out of the tracks you have released so far? You can only pick one!

Madison: Hmm, I am Running! It’s near to my heart.

What city would you love to be able to perform at?

Madison: Berlin would be super fun!

Who would you say have been some of your biggest influences?

Madison: Lady Gaga & Sia for sure. They are powerhouse artists/writers in the pop world, & are very authentic in their artistic direction. Hans Zimmer is a big one too, along with Florence + the Machine.

What is some of the best advice you have received?

Madison: It’s simple, but stays with me:

Believe in yourself. Keep dreaming. Keep writing. Keep going.

Interviewed By Kendall Koval



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