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Meet Madison Malone

Today we’d like to introduce you to Madison Malone.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in Portage, Wisconsin, a town of 10,000 (which is pretty in relation to the rural farm cities surrounding it)! At the age of 14, I started gigging about 2-6 times a week. I played anywhere that would listen to me… bars, restaurants, funeral homes, grocery stores (seriously), parks, coffee shops, pet stores. EVERYWHERE.

I took the normal route and went to college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I was double majoring in Spanish and social work. Once I hit my junior year, I was really struggling with balancing my full-time gigging career and life as a full-time student. So I dropped out of school and have been pursuing only music since then! In the Summer of 2016 when I felt that I had done just about everything & played at just about every venue possible in the area, I decided to move to Los Angeles!

It had always been a plan of mine to move here, but it didn’t feel right until that particular summer. When I moved out, I met my producer almost immediately. With him, I worked on a project for an artist at Sony, which then led to me creating a collection of songs in a cabin outside of Montreal for myself. The new music that I am releasing currently is from that 6-week music creating excursion in Canada.

Since moving out here I have created music for commercials, sold out the Hotel Café twice, played at the Troubadour, SXSW, and have twice performed at Summerfest in Milwaukee where I was named Emerging Artist of the Day this year!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Has it been a smooth road? No. Has it been an exhilarating, perspective-changing road? 100% yes.

I’ve been playing in bars/grocery stores/funeral homes/venues since I was 14 years old, so I’ve been working hard on balancing many facets of my life. For instance… how to balance school & a full-time gigging career. I eventually dropped out of college my junior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I was double majoring in social work and Spanish. I also am working hard on balancing self-care, days to write, days to cultivate my relationships with others, and just to enjoy the moment & process.

Another struggle, which I have found to be one of my biggest strengths, has been moving from a town of 10,000 to a city of about 4 million! I only knew three people when I moved here, so I made it my job to go out every night and meet at least 1 new person. It isn’t always the easiest being away from my entire family & everything that I grew up knowing, but I love this city and the way it has pushed me to listen to the artist within. I feel like I am in school all over again, learning something new each day.

Obviously, there is the big struggle of being told “no” about fifty times a week, but I also believe this only makes me grow & pushes me toward the door that is waiting for me.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am an artist! I use music and lyrics to uncover the dualities within us. All of us have intersections & contrasting traits about ourselves: we can be feminine/masculine, introverted/extroverted, anxious/strong, fearful/courageous, all at once. I use my music to show people that we are a marvelous rainbow of light & dark, we should shine our lights brightly and proclaim proudly to the world who we are.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I am lucky that I was brought up in a family that taught me to listen to the little voice inside which has allowed me to chase my dreams. I am lucky that I have listeners who support my music. I am lucky that I am able to create art and share it fully with the world. I am lucky that I get to openly express my love for my girlfriend. I am lucky that I have met so many collaborators throughout the world! I am lucky to have such an awesome band (check us out here: smarturl.it/shorelinevideo)!

I vow to use the lucky parts of my life to aid in making the world a better place.

Pricing:

  • T-shirts for sale on my website! https://www.madisonmalonemusic.com/shop $5 of each purchase of the Pro Human t-shirts are donated to The Los Angeles LGBT Center

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Image Credit:
Evan Davies Photography, Scotify Studios

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