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MADELINE RHODES

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW MADELINE RHODES WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya Madeline, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

Yummmm is this Mango flavored? 

🥭Big time :). What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I guess it all started with my inability to be a good student. If I were a good student, I would have gone to law school or medical school or at least have gotten my masters so I could make real money. 

Also cuz…I like music. And I think she likes me too. 

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

I’m Madeline Rhodes, an indie pop / singer-songwriter from NYC. I’ve written musicals for tv/film, I’m working on a musical for stage now, and I like to disguise my love of musical theatre with pop production so that I don’t seem like a nerd. I have songs on Hulu, Netflix, and a bunch of beauteous short films. I also have music on whatever streaming platform you use if you wanna join me there. 

What’s the live music scene like in your city right now?

Right now, I’ve got one leg in NYC and the other in Paris. NYC’s music scene is as beautiful as ever. However I’ve noticed it’s harder post-pandemic to get folks to come out than it was before. The venues are struggling and multiply that struggle for the artists by ten. Still, some of the most talented songwriters I’ve ever heard are playing on tiny underground stages in downtown Manhattan. I love that city. And I love those artists that do it because they have to. 

As for Paris, they’re doing fine. Socialism, right? 

I’ve seen a lot of people struggling for support recently online. Whats your view on the industry?

Our entire society is traumatized and struggling. We went through an enormous trauma and never stopped to grieve, mourn, understand, and process. Naturally artists feel that deeply. It’s sort of our role to reflect society to itself.

I’ve seen so many people quit this industry in the last few years. For lack of support, lack of finances, and/or lack of mental health. Our industry needs a redistribution of wealth, and our society needs grown-ups in charge. 

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I sit at the bottom of the barrel. But I brought some fuzzy socks and popcorn so I’m feeling pretty good. 

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

I’d be so surprised if I got canceled. And a bit honored. It’s like a rite of passage. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

No. Unicorns are real it’s a fact.

What was your best experience on stage?

Opening for Pussy Riot.

What was your worst experience on stage?

Understudying in Fun Home and NEVER going on.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. 

I can turn my bellybutton inside out. 

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

Should I get those tooth gems? I feel like they look like braces but I dunno…maybe it’ll take me to the next level. 

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

I just put out a song called Pep Talk. If you’re in need of a song about our culture of toxic positivity, then maybe this one’s for you. It’s about dark stuff but dressed up to sound like fun stuff. And if you wanna see a music video where I play an entire football team, type Pep Talk music video Madeline Rhodes into your internet fun hole. 

What was the recording process like?

Perfect. I made this song with Zeno Pittarelli and Ryan Schumer. This was our first collaboration and it felt like family from the moment we sat down. Really happy to have found them! Excellent choices of baby daddies to my newest illegitimate song baby. 

Thanks for having me, REYT! Sorry for the mania. I’m under-slept and overfed. 

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