March the 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the valuable contributions women make to our world. One day is not enough, so this is part of a month-long series of posts celebrating female artists from Australia.
Today’s feature artist is Maddison Wilson, a singer songwriter turning heads with her powerful voice, and her stunning single “Birds”.
1. What art do you make?
I write silly pop songs about love and life. I’ve come up with the term “Raw/Pop” (slightly quirky, mostly soulful) to define my genre and help people get a gist of what my music sounds like without actually hearing it.
The past few years I have really been focussing on writing and performing. I hope to start producing my debut record by the end of this year. In the mean time, I will be releasing my first EP in the coming months and hopefully touring the country.
2. What is one of your proudest achievements as an artist?
I’ve supported a few established Australian acts and had some pretty wonderful performing experiences but I think my latest release is actually my biggest achievement to date. The single, “Birds”, is a heartfelt and personal piano-balled. I wrote the song as a way of processing a rough time in my life. We also created a dramatic and emotional video concept where the story played out what I believe to be an extremely twisted act of my emotions.
The physical release of Birds also features an incredible remix by our UK friend Dan Villalobos. I was captivated from beginning to end when I first heard it. I really wanted to give my audiences something different, and I felt that presenting both versions was the best way for everyone to get the full Birds experience.
3. What has been a challenge recently, and how did you overcome it?
Well, there are the obvious financial challenges associated with being a creative. I guess the obvious thing to say here is to try and not let money get in the way of your plans or your timeline.
Find a way to get it done in the best possible way with the budget you can come up with.
As for the multiple challenges I’m faced with on a day-to-day basic… Getting gigs, developing a fan base, releasing music, building momentum, never stopping! lol… The funny thing these days is that, we as musicians (and I’m sure other creative fields feel this as well), have to learn how to be good at a few different mediums.
It’s a difficult thing to overcome and most of us get quite overwhelmed by it – the fact that a lot of solo singer/songwriters are not only performing but these days we are musicians, producers, engineers, artists, graphic designers, marketers, dealing with our own public relations and the list goes on. The only piece of advice I can think of right now is that you capitalise on the skills you have and then outsource the rest. Be smart about how you do that and where you’re spending your money.
4. What are you most excited by creatively right now?
New music is always very exciting. I’ve been writing a lot and am putting together my debut EP release for later on this year and I absolutely can not wait to share all the details. I am also extremely excited to collaborate with some wonderful artists this year.
5. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given about growing your career as an artist?
Find your own voice.
6. Where can we find your work and connect with you?
Instagram & Twitter @maddisonmusic
Mailing List: http://bit.ly/ZOkyQ2
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