Editor’s Note: It has been an amazing year for rising pop/rock star Madison Ryan. She discusses how she won the Emerging Artist Series contest at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, along with her recent music video release of “Nobody Else”. Madison Ryan is building momentum as she will be providing support for Cute Is What We Aim For, Makeout, Brightside, and Minshara on Sunday, November 18th at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York. For tickets and further information on the show, click here. Fans can find Madison Ryan at the following locations:
Madness To Creation: What’s up Madison?
Madison: Nothing much!
Madness To Creation: Enjoying the day so far?
Madison: Yeah, had the day off, so I’ve just been relaxing. I didn’t have much to do today.
Madness To Creation: What do you like to do when you relax?
Madison: I drink a lot of coffee and usually just watch a lot of Netflix, and then I write music.
Madness To Creation: What is your go-to coffee?
Madison: Right now, with it being fall, I go with pumpkin spice.
Madness To Creation: What’s on Netflix?
Madison: I have been watching “The Haunting of Hill House”, it’s very interesting, it’s not super scary.
Madness To Creation: I saw that you released your freaking catchy music video for “Nobody Else”, it makes me long for summer, what do you miss most about summer?
Madison: I definitely miss the warm weather, it just got really cold here in PA, so I can’t wear short shorts or anything like that, so that’s kind of a bummer, all of my friends are back to school now, so that sucks. Summer just flew by.
Madness To Creation: I love the lyric in the song “your sticks and stones won’t break my bones”, it seems like it’s a really personal song, can you take us into that song?
Madison: “Nobody Else” is actually really funny because we sat down and we were actually going to write a ballad, and then we started writing in the session, and all of a sudden we came up with this really catchy hooky acoustic pop thing, and that’s what “Nobody Else” was. I always joke about it, because it was such a last minute kind of song, and we wrote it so fast, and the whole point of it was kind of like, my vision of the song is that we can only rely on ourselves and there’s always going to be people to try to bring you down, and I’ve noticed especially with music that people love to talk and that’s just always going to be there, and you can either let it get to you or you don’t, so it’s one of those empowerment type of songs, and a lot of friendship too in a way, and I really wanted to tie that into the video, which everyone in the video is friends in real life, so it was super cool to incorporate them.
Madness To Creation: What does friendship mean to you and who is your best friend?
Madison: I have a few, but my “ride or die” so to speak, would be my friend Colby, my friend Olivia, and my friend Sara(h), and they’re all the most supportive and coolest people on Earth. I’ve known some of them for it feels like forever and they’ve seen me grow into this crazy artist. They just get it, and it’s cool because they all go to college and stuff, and I tell them that I’m going to do music, and they think that’s cool. They’re always at my shows, it’s super awesome to have friends like that, I definitely don’t know what I would do without all of them. Friends make the bad days good, and the good days better.
Madness To Creation: Why should people come to a Madison Ryan concert?
Madison: I absolutely love playing shows, but every time that I step up on stage, I really try to make it a fun experience for everyone, I think a lot about my shows beforehand, I like to incorporate not theatrics necessarily, it’s not necessarily like that, but I really think about when I’m going to play a certain song, and what I want to feel during that time, and what I want the audience to take away from it, but I really love talking to the audience and making them feel comfortable, I love playing shows for sure.
Madness To Creation: What is the craziest experience that you have ever had playing a show live?
Madison: Definitely Summerfest in Milwaukee. It was so crazy to just to be able to play that festival this year was a dream come true, it completely exceeded my expectations. I remember that it was crazy because they were calling for rain and thunderstorms, and I stepped on stage and I remember looking out beforehand and there was like nobody there and then it started pouring down rain five minutes before I played, but my stage happened to be the only stage with covering, so everyone at the festival came underneath where I was playing and it was packed and it was just crazy how it all happened, I never would’ve expected that, it was the biggest crowd that I have ever played in front of, and it was such a fun experience, but it was pouring down rain and there was lightning and thunder so that was a little scary, but it was so crazy.
Madness To Creation: I take it that you’re not a fan of thunderstorms?
Madison: I’m not! I’m actually very scared of thunderstorms.
Madness To Creation: Is that your biggest fear?
Madison: I wouldn’t say that it’s my biggest fear, well I have a lot of fears, I’m just kind of afraid of everything, but for awhile, my biggest fear was tornadoes, I just have this weird thing with them.
Madness To Creation: What are some goals for the rest of the year and next year that you want to accomplish?
Madison: I’ve been working on the next release cycle, I’ve been in the studio a lot working on new material, and I’ve been writing so much music, and I’m playing some shows coming up. I’m doing a few shows with Cute Is What We Aim For and Makeout, so that will be really fun. The main focus for the rest of the year and into the new year will be working on the new release, hopefully some more singles, maybe another EP, just never stop moving.
Madness To Creation: What are your favorite songs by Cute Is What We Aim For and Makeout?
Madison: I’m a little biased in a way, but my favorite Cute Is What We Aim For song is “The Curse of Curves”, I know that is their biggest hit, but they have a million other great songs, and “Ride It Out” by Makeout is my favorite song by them. I found out that Makeout works with the same people that I work with and I was fangirling so hard and I got to meet them at the Warped Tour over the summer. I was a little starstruck.
Madness To Creation: Favorite band that you have ever seen at Warped Tour?
Madison: I’ve actually only gone to one Warped Tour, and this past summer was the first summer that I ever went, which is really sad because I always wanted to go, but I just got around to it this time, but I really loved seeing The Maine, they are one of my all-time favorite bands, and they are just always incredible live.
Madness To Creation: Anything else you would like to add?
And there you have it! Check out her smash hit “Paranoid” below!