- Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
Hi Madame Mayhem here. I am a rock singer and songwriter and an international touring artist as the frontwoman in the band that also goes under my name Madame Mayhem.
- What is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
Over the past few months, we released an original song “Breaking Down” and a cover of Aerosmith’s “ Livin’ On The Edge”. I wanted to give fans and fellow music lovers alike, a little something to rock out to during these strange and difficult days which we are all experiencing together. I co-wrote “Breaking Down” with Brian Vodinh (10 Years), it was produced by Johnny K (Disturbed, Stained), and featured Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Winery Dogs), Keith Wallen (Breaking Benjamin) and J “J Bomb” Harrison (Madame Mayhem). “Livin’ On The Edge” was produced and arranged by Mark Hudson, who was also a songwriter of the original song with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. The video for Livin’ On The Edge is “From The Vault” throwback footage, making of, and behind the scenes of the hustle at the beginning of my rock career all the way till now, a real behind the scenes take with live performance shots too!
Link to “Breaking Down” on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/0gKX2mgUUZArSHsyOMlAJD
Lyric Video for “Breaking Down”: https://youtu.be/hzFybHD4iuU
Links to stream/Download Livin’ On the Edge http://www.2lin.cc/ontheedge
Music Video for “Livin’ On The Edge” : https://youtu.be/UZpx1c9fl3s
3 With all this madness going on with the virus…What do you think the music scene will be like in the future…and how are you prepared to make your music heard if there will not be any concerts or festivals for the year of 2020?
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.
- What got you into music and what is your earliest memory of when you told yourself… “THIS IS WHAT I WANT”? I have always wanted to do this for as long as I can remember.
- Who was your first concert and what is your best memory? Incubus was my first real rock concert. Every live show comes with some awesome memories.
- If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
Being a singer, musician, performer is all I have ever wanted to be. I also used to act and dance. There was never a plan B.
- On a scale of 1 to 2593, How good is your newest single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
I am extremely proud of my newest original single “Breaking Down”! I hope each new release is better than my last.
- What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
That’s really difficult, as an artist you always want your most recent release to be better than your last, that’s how you grow and evolve as an artist.
- Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, how would you achieve that? I think you can be an amazing musician and singer and still work on and practice your craft. That’s how you maintain and get even better than you thought you could ever be. As a singer I still have periodic vocal training sessions and try to practice every single day, and I am classically trained. Learning new things within the realm of your career as a musician and a singer is also extremely important.
- If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be? I’m a classically trained singer, actress, and dancer, and began my career in musical theatre.
- You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
“Punk Rock Pink”, if it’s bright enough, it’s like a kick to the face.
Who are you inspired by Musically or in life in general?
I have a very eclectic taste in music and there are so many artists I look up to and respect. Chris Cornell and his incredible voice really got me and still does. Alanis Morissette too! She’s a strong female artist who really impacted me as a child.
- What’s an average day like one tour? and what about these days?
It’s not as glamorous as one might think that’s for sure, but when you’re surrounded by your band and team that all have each other’s backs every day is fun and great. You wake up usually outside of a Planet Fitness, get to the venue, set up merch, sound check, and get ready for the show!
- Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
When we played live shows I would try to interact on stage and then as soon as our sets were done I would run out to the merch booth and hang out and meet fans. I am now more than ever trying to stay connected through social media platforms through the official Madame Mayhem pages.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety before, during or after a show?
Honestly, the stage has always been my happy place, it’s other things behind the scenes or when I am not on stage where my anxiety shows up.
If you could collaborate with any artist or person who would it be and why?
There are so many! I have been fortunate enough to already have collaborated with so many incredible musicians and artists but some would be Trent Reznor ( Nine Inch Nails), Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Korn, Halestorm, Evanescence, Sevendust (because when they asked me to sing live with them it was such an amazing experience,, the list goes on and on.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Make sure this is what you want to do, and if it is, never give up!