How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
What’s always so exciting about songwriting is that no song is done the exact same way each time. Lyrics can come from a specific situation I want to write about; a lyric could just pop into my head as I am about to fall asleep, or at the grocery store; or it can come from trying to fit a lyric into a specific section of an already composed instrumental piece, etc.
I tend to spill my guts when I write songs and perform (figuratively of course). I write about my frustrations and things I am going through, and those are the songs that people can most relate to since everyone has gone through something at some point in life, no matter how major or minor it may be.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Being open minded and willing to try different things.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
There’s always a vulnerability there, but if I write a song that’s very personal, it’s very therapeutic and also is probably something the listener can relate to as well, even if its not the exact same situation someone else is going through, music can be interpreted so many different ways, so if that song helps other people by listening to it as it helped me by creating it than its special and I am proud to share it.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
Very hard question! My songs and lyrics are very personal to me, it’s practically impossible for me to pick just one. However, “Better Days” from my album “Now You Know”, has a very positive message lyrically.
It might sound cheesy but the message of “you’ll see better days” is important for so many people including myself, especially during the rough times in life.
OR “Now you know there’s something better” from the song “Now You Know (There’s Something Better) because it’s super sassy.
What inspired “Broken”, your latest single?
“Broken” is about sensing a relationship is over and admitting the fact that you both aren’t the same people you were before. It’s about that difficult moment right before the end of a relationship, that turmoil, internal struggle to break away, and not let that person you once loved take you down their destructive path no matter what, by standing up for yourself and not letting them break you. Writing with Keith Wallen has been such a fun experience! We have been able to write about so many different things in such a short time and I love ALL of the songs we have created together. “Broken” is the first song I have released from my co-writing sessions with Keith.
And “So Wrong (Lay You To Rest)”?
“So Wrong (Lay You To Rest)” is a really tough one to talk about. Let’s just say it was very therapeutic writing and recording this song. Something traumatic happened to me, I was in a bad situation. I was able to get out of it thankfully, but I tried to bury the memory, and I was in a bad place emotionally for a long time. Once I got this song out and recorded it, and let my feelings and frustrations out, I felt so much better, almost instantly. This song is about overcoming those kinds of things and being able to lay to rest the trauma that happened, so it doesn’t eat you alive.
Do you remember the day you wrote “War You Started”?
Corey Lowery, Clint Lowery and I were emailing ideas back and fourth initially, and then I went to Atlanta to meet up with Corey to finish it up. I think “War You Started” was the 4th song we wrote for the “Ready For Me” album if I remember correctly. It was the first song we worked on that day. We went to the studio and got straight to work, and the lyrics and melodies flowed out of us so quickly. It was awesome!
What are your plans for 2019?
Keep and eye out for new music, show dates, etc., at www.MadameMayhem.com.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your latest single “Broken”: New.
- The best show you ever played: My favorite thing is performing, so I would say every show. But a really cool show we played was Hills Of Rock 2018 in Bulgaria. We were one of the opening acts on the main stage for Judas Priest! It was an awesome experience!
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Room temperature bottled water.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: 90’s alt rock/grunge.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Another hard one! One of my favourites that is very simple and to the point is “I Miss You” by Incubus.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Be yourself. If you are pretending to be someone you think they want you to be, eventually it’ll catch up to you. If the other person can’t love and accept you for who you are, then you will both end up wasting each other’s time.