Interview: Madame Mayhem

Hard rocker Madame Mayhem is about to hit the road this April/May teaming up with Sevendust stopping in cities throughout the U.S.  We caught up with her as she was getting ready for the tour. We asked he about the upcoming tour, her new album “Ready For Me”, and being an independent artist in todays musical climate.

Alt Revolt: How excited are you being on this tour with Sevendust?

Madame Mayhem: It is going to amazing! All of the members in my band have all worked with Sevendust in the past. Clint Lowery co-wrote some songs on my new album. And his brother Corey Lowery produced the album. We are all somehow connected. It is going to be one big happy family. I’m excited for it.

Alt Revolt: How did you get connected with Clint and Corey Lowery?

Madame Mayhem: A mutual contact suggested I talk to Corey Lowery. They said we should write together . This happened year ago. I reached out and scheduled some time. I flew to Atlanta and we instantly started writing songs together.  It just clicked and we have been writing together ever since. After that I met Clint since he and Corey are brothers. It has been a great team.

Alt Revolt: How has the overall response been to your recent release “Ready For Me”?

Madame Mayhem: I’m very pleased. I’m very proud of this record. It’s very personal to me. It is exactly how I wanted it to come out. So far so good. The fan reaction has been very positive. The fans are enjoying the music. The thing that hits home for me the most is that people are relating to the songs. The things that I’m writing about are my own frustrations and personal struggles. I’m not alone in this and for a listener to feel that they are not alone in these frustrations means the world to me. When I get that kind of feedback it means a lot.

Alt Revolt: I have recently discovered your music catalog and I find that “Ready For Me” is your best work. Do you agree?

Madame Mayhem: Thank you. I always try to make the most recent project better than the last. I hope so. I want to progress and grow. I’m very proud of everything I have done. My work as definitely evolved. This album “Ready For Me” is exactly where I want to be. As I grow as a writer things will continue to progress. I’m super thrilled. 

Alt Revolt: Did you do anything different during the process of album #3 than was done with album #1?

Madame Mayhem: I was working with different people. I love co-writing. When I have co-writers they keep me in check. They have their own style. When I meet certain people they are going to have different approaches which I find interesting. When I’m writing with different people you are going to get different outcomes. The genre has always been hard rock. This style is what I have been looking for. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. This is exactly where I wanted it to be.

Alt Revolt: Did you always dream about being in the hard rock world or did your career take a turn?

Madame Mayhem: I have done many things in the past. I have always been a rocker and metalhead. I grew up in New York and was always around the musical theater. I’m a trained opera singer. I went to school for music. I was always listening to rock and metal. I have an eclectic taste in music but my favorite was the hard hitting music. I would always listen to it after rehearsal. I knew I wanted to be in a rock band. I wanted to express myself by writing my own songs. I could not tell you how this happened but I have wanted to do it the entire time. 

Alt Revolt: Since you mentioned you have an eclectic musical palette. What other artists do you enjoy?

Madame Mayhem: I love different world music. I like music from different cultures. I was really jealous of my parents. They recently went to an opera show and saw Andrea Bocelli. You might not think I would like that but at same time I’m going to all of the rock and metal shows. I took my mom and brother to Metallica for Mother’s Day. It is a big mix. I love it. 

Alt Revolt: How was touring with Fozzy?

Madame Mayhem: It was fun. We do share a guitarist most of the time. (Billy Grey). He unfortunately will not be with us on this upcoming tour. He is with Fozzy right now. Since we share a guitarist there already is a family connection. The guys are so cool. We shared a bus when we were on the road with them and everyone got along wonderfully. There was no drama living in a small space. We were thrilled and pleased with the experience.  The crowds and fans were great! Their shows are awesome and it was a lot of fun. 

Alt Revolt: What is the hardest this to do to achieve success as an independant artist in this musical climate? 

Madame Mayhem: I would say always pushing through when people tell me “No”. In music and life you can’t let one “No” be the answer. There are people who told me “No” two years ago that are reaching out to me again.  It is up to you to keep pushing and you can believe that you can do this and not let others dictate otherwise for you. I love playing live and it is my favorite thing to do to connect with the audiences. There is real work that comes with it but I love every single thing about it. It gets me to where I want to be which is on the stage performing. With the bad and struggles of being an independent artist there are positives as well. It is a juggle but I have never thought of stopping and just keep going. There are some road blocks that get thrown at you but I have a great team working with me and believe in what we do. It helps to surround yourself with people on board the Madame Mayhem train!

Alt Revolt: Do you use social media to stay connected to your fans?

Madame Mayhem: So much. I do all of the social media. I do my best to answer everyone I can. I use Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram, and our website. Fans can visit our website and subscribe to our mailing list and keep up to date on whats going on. I love connecting and talking to people about music. It’s fun and I really like it.

Alt Revolt: Good luck with this upcoming tour! Thank you for your time.

Madame Mayhem: Thank you. Have a great day.

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