Madelin is an experimental pop artist out of NYC, and her music has been described as ‘eclectic, introspective, and uniquely ethereal.’ Mixing genres such as hip hop, indie, electronic and pop, her music is truly something for everyone, not to mention singles such as ‘Good List’ have an ultra-badass, feminist import. She’s a massive advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, and recent video for single ‘High School Boys’ features a ton of upcoming Brooklyn drag performance. We chatted with Madelin about her recent releases, premiere on Billboard, feminism and involvement with the queer community.
Q: You recently released an EP titled The Peachmixes, which is a remix EP of your 2017 release Madelin. Why did you feel it was important to re-release remixed versions of the tracks?
I wrote the Madelin EP over a three-year period during which I was signed with a publishing company and working with a manager who were both trying to change who I was as an artist to make me more “marketable.” They wanted me to sound like a typical algorithm friendly pop artist on Spotify. When the Madelin EP came out I was proud of it, but I felt it was influenced negatively by my management. It didn’t feel completely authentic to me. After breaking ties with those people I decided to give that EP a second life by having great talented friends of mine each remix a track. I’m so happy with the result.
Q: You’re a huge advocate for queer artists, especially in the Brooklyn area. What kind of connection do you have with the queer community?
Although I’m comfortable with female pronouns, my gender and sexuality is fluid. I’ve never felt particularly attached to any labels for myself because I feel like I’m always in flux as a human being. I love the queer community because of it’s diversity, acceptance and creativity. Diving into the queer art scene in Brooklyn has helped me to become more comfortable with my own fluidity and to continue to explore who I am. I choose to showcase queer artists whenever possible simply because I don’t have time for heteronormative art.
I released ‘Good List’ right around the time when the orange fucker became president [of the United States]. I wanted to make something unapologetic and strong in its feminist message.
Q: Your ‘High School Boys’ remix video recently premiered on Billboard – and it’s totally badass. Not only does the old-timey vintage feel make it unique, but it features a ton of upcoming Brooklyn drag performance. What went into making such an exceptional music video?
Thanks! A lot of passion and hard work went into making this video. My collaborator Jose Dao and I worked on every detail together from hand making the props to conceptualizing the concept to ultimately bringing it to life. I’m so proud of the video because it shows what I’m about in a beautiful yet strange way.
Q: Your single ‘Good List’ is a major feminist anthem. What made you feel it was important to release a single with a message as such? What kind of progress would you like to see in the feminist movement in the near future?
I released ‘Good List’ right around the time when the orange fucker became president [of the United States]. I wanted to make something unapologetic and strong in its feminist message. I felt like I needed to do something in rebellion against a sexual predator being the ‘leader’ of [the] country. My biggest hope for the feminist movement is to instill self worth, fearlessness and boldness into young girls from a very early age. My generation of women is still suffering the aftermath of growing up being told to ‘be careful’ and not take risks or be sure of themselves while the boys were being encouraged to get dirty and play hard. That’s a deficit I hope the next generation of girls will not have to overcome.
Q: Finally, you pursued your passion and moved from LA to New York when you were 18 for college, an impressive feat for someone that young. Do you have any advice or words of empowerment for those wanting to do something similar?
Well first off, you don’t have to move across the country to flourish. Don’t let your whereabouts stop you from pursuing your passions. Bloom where you are planted. But, if you do want to make a big change, be open to every new experience under the sun. Meet lots of people, pursue lasting friendships, nurture your creativity and get out of your comfort zone. Make the most of your youth while you’re young but avoid making commitments you can’t undo. Plant a lot of seeds because you never know which one will grow into a beautiful thriving tree.
Listen to Madelin’s The Peachmixes on Spotify.