Manhattan-born singer-songwriter, Madame Mayhem, is a true rocker with an eclectic style in every aspect of life. With her ‘in your face’ attitude, Mayhem is definitely the right word to describe this extreme artist. She in fact took some time to discuss her newest album and future plans.
1. Introduce yourself, tell me what you do as Madame Mayhem?
Madame Mayhem: I’m Madame Mayhem. I am a singer-songwriter, musician, and performer.
2. Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?
Madame Mayhem: Rock, Hard Rock and Metal is a great scene! Performers and fans are all dedicated to each other and it really feels like a fun dysfunctional family.
3. What type of artist are you?
Madame Mayhem: A hardworking one. My music is my life, and I think I will always have this intense drive to have my music career be my main focus.
4. Who or what inspired you to become an artist?
Madame Mayhem: I was just born with the inspiration to become an artist. It truly is my passion, and has been since as long as I can remember. I was always singing and dancing around the house. My parents were cool enough to enroll me in vocal lessons, dance classes, acting workshops, and accompanied me on auditions when I was starting out because, I was too young to go on my own. I am so thankful for my family because they never stopped me from pursuing my crazy dreams! And though they are not in the entertainment business themselves, and only want whats best for me, they still continue to be my biggest supporters.
5. Who is exactly Madame Mayhem? Would you say that she is you or just a character you portray?
Madame Mayhem: I am Madame Mayhem. It is not a “character” or an “act”. My parents started calling me Madame Mayhem a few years ago because whether I caused it or not, “mayhem” and chaos , whether good or bad, seems to always follow me. The name just stuck, and I decided to go by the name ever since.
6. What artists or bands have influenced you and your sound?
Madame Mayhem: I think my sound is distinctively my own, being a classically trained singer and having a love for heavy music. My mom used to play grunge music in the car when she got tired of the baby music tapes, and as I got older, my taste in music got heavier and heavier. I also have an eclectic taste in music, and try to keep an open mind for inspiration. No matter what the genre good music is good music.
7. What lyrical theme do you use in your music? What message do you want to send?
Madame Mayhem: Each song on the record tells a different story. I hope that listeners can relate to one or all of the songs on the record, and hopefully it can mean something to them the same way writing them meant so much to me.
8. What's your take on "Now You Know" as a whole?
Madame Mayhem: I am really proud of this album. I was able to take creative control, and really express myself, with the help of my incredible co-writers Billy Sheehan and Corey Lowery. It is really an introduction: “Now You Know” who Madame Mayhem is. it’s only just begun and I am not going anywhere.
9. What's the story behind the song and video for "Monster"? Why was it picked out as a single/video? Will we be seeing more videos/singles accompanying it?
Madame Mayhem: I think the song “Monster” is a good first taste of what the album is about. I wrote this song with Corey Lowery during our first writing sessions together. It was important to make the music and the lyrics as raw and as real as possible, while embracing who I am as an artist and as a person. You can check out the video on my official YouTube page Youtube.com/MadameMayhemOfficial . It was so fun to film with the guys at Industrialism films, and I hope everyone has just as much fun watching it! Stay tuned because more IS coming!
10. What's your favorite song on the album right now?
Madame Mayhem: All of them! Each song is unique, which I think is important in a full length album.
11. Is it important for you to paint visual pictures with the songs on this album?
Madame Mayhem: I think it is important to make great, hard hitting music, with quality vocals and instrumentation; Real songs that comes from your soul, so that when people listen to the album, they can paint their own visual pictures and interpret the songs in their own way.
12. What would be the cinematic equivalent of "Now You Know"?
Madame Mayhem: That movie has yet to be written.
13. What are your plans for upcoming shows and touring?
Madame Mayhem: The Madame Mayhem team is currently planning an upcoming tour. In the meantime:
October 16th –(Album release date) In-store signing/acoustic performance @ VINTAGE VINYL in Fords, NJ
October 17th - Headlining performance @ DINGBATZ in Clifton, NJ. Tick link is http://www.dingbatznj.com/pages/events.php
You can keep up with where I will be as more shows are announced by checking out www.MadameMayhem.com and subscribing to the mailing list for updates. You can also track me on Bandsintown.com/MadameMayhem.
14. How has Social Networking (Facebook,Twitter, etc.) impacted you as an artist?
Madame Mayhem: I love social media because it lets me connect to my fans, which is very important to me. It also helps me reach people that may not have discovered my music if it wasn’t for social networking. But I don’t like how at times it can seem as if the number of likes, follows, or views overshadow the quality of the music and the talent of an artist.
15. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?
Madame Mayhem: I am always growing as an artist. I would love fans to see me perform live! The stage has always been where I feel most at home and I love bringing songs to life on stage! I am also always writing new music. I am ready let the mayhem continue… for a long time.
16. Anything else you would like to add or want to say?
Madame Mayhem: My new album “Now You Know” is out in the USA and Canada on October 16th! (10/16/15). You can preorder a copy now on Amazon:
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