Q: You grew up in a musical household. Was there a specific “a-ha” moment when you realized you wanted to create music?
MADI: I’ve been playing music since I was a baby so I was playing piano and singing starting at 2years old! Both of my parents are in the industry — my dad is a violin player and my mom is in music business — so naturally music was always being shared. It wasn’t until my parents divorce when I was about 12, though, that music became a really important tool for me. And a tool that became so important for me that I honestly don’t know where I’d be without a creative outlet like it writing, singing, and producing. It was the only place I could truly express how I was feeling without being judged or misunderstood. And oftentimes it was during the actual writing and playing process that I’d figure out what it was that was actually bothering me. But I create when I’m having a great time too! It’s an incredible outlet where I get to share those thoughts and feelings.
Q: Can you walk us through the process of creating and recording “Cruisin?”
MADI: I remember it being a hot day and I was with my friend and producer, Jordan Sherman, in his sweaty studio lol. We couldn’t have the AC on most of the time because it made too much noise. So I remember wanting to just go for a ride and blast the AC. That’s what kickstarted the idea of Cruisin which then led me to the memory of my best friend and I literally cruising down PCH in the summers when we were teenagers.
Q: You can only listen to three albums for the next year. Which albums are you choosing?
MADI: Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves, Voodoo by D’Angelo, and Amala by Doja Cat!
Q: You’ve been writing music for a number of years. How has your songwriting evolved over time, especially during your musical career?
MADI: Like with everything, practice makes better! So the more songs I write, whether for myself or other artists, the stronger my craft becomes. Sometimes I practice with song writing exercises but a lot of the times I just write new songs. Paying attention to lyrics, melody, and chord progressions though in your favorite music is a really good exercise so you can learn from your favs!
Q: “Cruisin’” is a catchy tune and a great track. What can listeners expect next from Madi Rindge?
MADI: Thank you! I’m so excited about this one. I think it’s gonna be the summer song of 2021. And following that, well… I won’t give it all away BUT let’s just say i’m freakin stoked!! The best place to stay up to date with what’s happening in terms of releases, shows, news, giveaways, is on my instagram @madirindge. Come say hi!
Interviewed by Sarah Scott