Here at NYLON, we're major fans of the DIY process - and so is New York singer Madison. But unlike us, this Miami-born musician isn't referring to Proenza Schouler-esque jeans or Chanel-inspired nail polish. Madison traded medical school for pop music and has been making it on her own terms ever since, even releasing her songs on her very own record label. It's clearly a working formula, since her icy, electro-tinged sound has been featured everywhere from 90210 to NYLON TV Fashion Week videos. Meet Madison, and download her new remix below!
How did you decide to make music yourself?
When I first started writing and recording, it was always like, 'You have to get a label-that's the goal.' But when I showcased for major labels, people kept saying that I was too "pop" to be called indie and too "indie" to be classified as pop. I spent a lot of time exploring different of making music, and decided to do it my way.
So how does it work?
I do every part of the process, from writing, recording, artwork, everything. At first it was super daunting, but I've found it's better if you're involved in everything. It's liberating.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say it's indie pop, in that it has pop arrangements and there's catchy, obvious hooks. I also really love indie rock music, so there's a little bit of that in it, too.
Which bands are you obsessed with right now?
I love Tapes n Tapes and Toro y Moi. I went to the Battles show last night- it was amazing! My friend, Oli Chang, is in this band called the High Highs. He actually remixed my single "Hot Hot Love" and made it totally different than before- it's awesome.