Originally posted on 19th August 2016 here is a Q & A with singer songwriter Lydia Maddix. We talk about her experiences writing songs and performing live.
Where did it all start for you getting into music?
I'm from a very musical family so its always felt like a part of me. I've been writing songs since I was around 8/9 as encouraged by my favourite uncle, who I'd record with at his home studio. From there, I built the confidence to start performing at school – from bands to plays and friend’s parties. Who are your influences? I’m a big fan of all things 80s and 90s – my heroes include MJ, La-Roux, Haim, Charli XCX, Spice Girls, Lapsley, The Pierces and Eurythmics.
With songwriting where do you tend to get your inspiration from e.g how do you start your songs & what's your process?]
I like to write about all things (fictional and non-fictional), finding inspiration in the funniest, weirdest and then some. I’ve written songs about biscuits, social media, dating, friendship and even for celebs including Katie Price. I wouldn’t say I have a strict song writing process but more recently I've started with the chorus and work backwards from there.
Lydia Maddix performs her song Too Cliche
How important is it do you feel it is to listen to current music as well as music from the past?
I wouldn’t say it was crucial as the best music isn’t time specific, my EP is testament to that - I’d class my sound as 90s pop!. Whatever speaks to you, or that resonates with you musically is enough to craft your style or design. I love learning the history behind different genres and experimenting too.
Do you feel it is important to watch other acts perform and to watch other live music?
Completely! For me the best part about live music events is listening and watching other people’s sets. There's no better way to learn than to watch others. Discovering fantastic new music is a bonus too.
Finally what tips do you have for anyone starting out when it comes to songwriting & performing?
Without sounding Too Cliché do it because you LOVE it. Be yourself, find your sound, stick to what you like (genre-wise) and don’t back down. Write about everything, write in styles out of your comfort zone, write for other people…just keep writing. Most importantly, have fun! We’re so lucky as human beings to experience all that life has to offer so go for it!
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