Concert Crap: How is 2017 going for you so far?
Madeline Spooner: I feel extremely creative and excited but I also feel this strange foreboding. Perhaps it’s that I will be 27 this year and I have an even more intimate relationship with my own mortality than I already had. No matter the feeling, a new year is an opportunity for rebirth and to boldly go where you’ve never gone before.
CC: What is your favorite and least favorite thing about growing your music in Los Angeles?
MS: An LA audience is like trying to talk to someone who is just waiting until their chance to speak. You may be playing to a room full of people but they’re all thinking about how they’d do it. If they were really listening, they would be dancing instead of hashtaging. There are a lot of bad ass entertainers out here and we need to remember when it’s our turn to perform and when it’s our turn to listen. And by listen I mean put down the iPhone, have some drinks, forget your career for a minute and f-ing dance!
CC: Can you talk about your release Nautilus?
MS: Nautilus is the result of years of searching and experimenting to find the right thing, the thing that says “Yes” with every cell of your being. It took me years to find my unique sound and as someone who wrote predominately on the guitar, this electronic, Avant-garde pop album is foretelling of what’s to come: special lyrical sentiments, adventurous sounds and free form structures. I’m very proud of this compilation of songs and I love playing them live.
CC: What was the highlight of your 2016?
MS: The highlight of 2016 absolutely was releasing Nautilus at the Bootleg Theater! After preparing for more than a year for that evening, I couldn’t be prouder of the work me and my team put into it. From the production, to the PR and marketing, to the rehearsing, the visual projections, the video collaborations and of course the attendance of all my fans, I couldn’t have asked for a better day. It felt like giving birth and having a wedding all in one night.
CC: What are you doing these days when you’re not writing or performing music?
MS: I have groups of people come to my house to study star charts. We eat a meal together and we go through their astrological charts to find opportunities to better understand the energies working around them. The conversations sometimes prompt difficult, traumatic or taboo subjects where they are in a safe space to talk about it and heal from it.
CC: Is there anything else you’d like to say to your fans or anyone reading this interview?
MS: We are in tumultuous times. Tensions are high. The world is divided. People are getting hurt. There is a lot of pain. The fearmongering is rampant. Things need to change, and fast. Most of my fans are also artists even if they don’t know it yet. We all have something to contribute. Don’t lie down in fear or doubt and undermine your abilities and potential. You have something unique and special to offer to facilitate the healing that is most needed in this world. Stand tall and make your spirit known. I believe in you.
Post and interview by Corey Kleinsasser
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