• Christine Samaroo

Interview with Madame Mayhem

The Manhattan born singer/songwriter and burgeoning rock icon-in-the-making has weaponized the darkness, turning it into a rallying cry for all who were ever cast aside. Songs like “Broken,” “War You Started,” and “So Wrong” are equal parts timeless sentiment, bareknuckle fury, and energized urgency. Madame Mayhem’s songs rival the best of Modern Rock, early ‘90s emotive-grunge, and nü-metal angst.

Madame Mayhem, the manhattan-born singer-songwriter is a true rocker with an electric style in every aspect of life. With her ‘in your face’ attitude, Mayhem is definitely the right word to describe this extreme artist.

EP: The last time we caught up was at The Fire in Philly after the last show of your tour with September Mourning and American Grim. What have you been doing since then?

MM: Yes, thanks again for coming out! That was the last show of that tour and very soon after that show, the pandemic reached the US. This pandemic has been so devastating worldwide. (Thank you to all of the essential workers out there for putting themselves on the line during this time!) Living in NYC, I am still spending my time in my apartment. I have set up a small makeshift home studio and have been writing music, as well as playing some live cover songs for my Youtube page. I have been able to do some virtual festivals which have been fun too. Hopefully, some great music will come out into the world after all of this from all of us musicians being home right now. I’ve been trying to stay active by doing at home workouts in my living room. It’s also helped me with some of my anxiety which has definitely been heightened during this time. We also released a new single “Breaking Down” during this time, to give fans a little something new to rock out to while we are all dealing with this pandemic.

EP: Let’s talk more about your recently released new single “Breaking Down”. What inspired you to create it?

MM: Yes, “Breaking Down” is out now! I am very excited about it and hope everyone has a chance to check it out! I co-wrote “Breaking Down” with Brian Vodinh (10 Years, Brave the Royals). It was the first time working with Brian and the first day meeting him actually. It was an amazing experience, he is so talented and we had great songwriting chemistry right away. Johnny K (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, just to name a few...) produced the song and it was a great experience working with him! I am so thankful that Keith Wallen (Breaking Benjamin) and Billy Sheehan were kind enough, and believe in me enough, to take time out of their schedules to help bring this song to life by playing on this track. J, who has been my drummer for a bit now, came down to Nashville with me to record the drums, which was awesome. It was really cool to have the energy of how we perform the song live, brought into the recording through the drums. I am really proud of the song, it's a declaration of strength no matter what difficulty someone is facing, no matter how hard it is. If things keep getting you down, it’s about getting right back up and taking it on! We are all stronger than we know, and it’s important to be reminded of that sometimes.

Here’s a link of the places you can listen to “Breaking Down”: https://slinky.to/BreakingDown

EP: You have worked with many artists in your music career. How did you connect with the other members of Mayhem?

MM: I have been very fortunate to have worked and collaborated with so many talented musicians in my career. I appreciate them for believing in me and my music enough to do so. Through being in this industry and working with different artists, musicians, producers it just kind of happens where you meet people and you click and the band just happens.

EP: Your last tour with September Mourning and American Grim ended just before everything changed. Is there a memorable show that stands out to you and why did you choose it?

MM: Yes, it was! There are so many memorable shows from all the touring I have done, but with that tour, the last few shows were in the tri-state area, which was like hometown shows, and those are always really fun because, in addition to the awesome fans and crowds, you get to perform in front of and see family and friends who get a glimpse of what you’ve been up to while away on the road. Who doesn’t love hometown shows!

EP: What do you do while on the tour bus to pass the time?

MM: Prepare for the next show, Eat, watch Netflix, Tv (and if soccer, hockey, a football game is on we’ll watch those), work, listen to music, social media to keep in touch with fans, song write, jam, and of course, try to sleep and rest up as much as possible.

EP: What inspired you to become a musician?

MM: I have always wanted to be a performer and sing and create music and share it with others. Music has gotten me through so much throughout my life and if any of my songs can help and do the same for someone else that means so much to me.

EP: If performing didn’t work out for you, was there something else you could see yourself doing?

MM: There have never been any other options for me. No “fall back career”. I went to the University of Miami (Frost School of Music) and I got my Bachelor of Music degree. Ever since I can remember all I have ever wanted was to perform.

EP: You have amazing stage energy! How do you keep up that level show after show? What is your secret?

MM: Thank you! The stage is my happy place. I am genuinely excited on stage. I give all of myself to the performance, all my energy, it just comes out. The songs we perform on stage are meaningful to me so that helps with the passion and then of course the energy from the crowd helps give it that extra push. My band and I just want to have fun on stage and give the crowd high energy, hard-hitting performance, every time.

EP: What do you enjoy most about being a musician?

MM: Being able to share my music and songs with the world and perform them live.

EP: When you are up on the stage before your performance begins, what goes through your mind?

MM: Excitement, determination, I’m ready to go out there and give the best performance I can vocally, visually, emotionally, etc.

EP: How did you come to be endorsed by Wornstar clothing?

MM: I was introduced to the awesome Wornstar team by Billy Grey when we went to visit the showroom while on tour with Mushroomhead. They came out to a show, and it all just happened from there. I love their style!

EP: Is there anything your fans can expect to see from you?

MM: To continue to see more music, performances, etc. from me for a long time to come! With the pandemic and uncertainty in the world at the moment, I can’t give an exact timeline, but we recorded a few songs before our last tour, so hopefully, we will be able to continue to release some of those in the near future. I am always writing new music and hope to get into the studio and complete a full-length album as soon as we are able. The best thing for fans to do is to keep up with me on social media and subscribe to our email list (there is a button on www.madamemayhem.com where you can sign up), so as things get finalized, fans can get updates, exclusive content, exclusive sales for merch, performance updates, and news I can share with them right away (Thanks in advance for subscribing and becoming an even closer member of the Madame Mayhem Family).

EP: Is there anything else you would like to share with your fans?

MM: Thank you for all of your support! Madame Mayhem fans are vital in allowing us to do what we do so all my love and appreciation go out to every single one of you. Please LIKE and FOLLOW me on social media and say hi! I try my best to answer as many people as I can and love communicating with my fans and fellow music lovers. And if you haven’t already, check out “Breaking Down” wherever you listen to music. It is available on all streaming platforms, and please give Madame Mayhem a “Follow” on Spotify, every little bit of support helps us, independent artists.

Let the Mayhem continue...

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