We had the good fortune of connecting with Mada Atoms and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mada, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
What I find is balance differs from each individual. In my case my default is to go all in on a project or activity with full immersion. Some people are scared of this sink or swim approach, but I find full immersion is the most sure fire way to expedite gains in any creative or business endeavor. The issue with this approach is balance in our personal and professional lives can have an impact. What I am not only learning, but also incorporating into my process is to schedule the needed time for personal as much as business. It is easy to get lost in the process, but the greatest inspiration comes from life itself which requires us to take a step back and see the forest from the tree.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Mada Atoms as an artist is all about writing music in the context of emotion. Each song is a journal entry for a given moment. There is no right or wrong just a feeling behind each story. Some of these are literal pieces of my life and others come from those around me as an observer. What sets me apart as an artist is my brand as a whole. My name Mada Atoms (Made of Atoms) is the whole idea of seeing what really makes us who we are and those ties that bind us as humans is a big piece of my material. What also sets me apart is I am a DIY artist. I have a team of collaborators for various songs, but most of the work is done in house with in house production and mixing, recording etc. In the past few years I have been in more of a Pop space with production for other artists and myself, but it is a beautiful blend of Hip Hop and Pop in the recent music that is being released. I love the idea of making whatever inspiration I feel whether it is more melodic or more lyrical music. Where I am today professionally is due largely in part from my Father’s influence. He was an Entrepreneur through and through and a free spirit, He passed away in 2017, but he is one of the first people to show me Los Angeles, which ultimately brought me out here shortly thereafter. Some of the challenges in the new landscape are finding balance between creating music, working with other artists and marketing/online presence. There is more and more focus on branding than ever before so that takes away from time in the studio or live. What I realized is the best approach is document your life and put it online and share with the world. People will say good and bad things along the way, but I am only competing with myself and to become a better version of myself daily.

What I want people to know most about my brand/story is Mada Atoms is all about bringing people together and understanding the human struggle. I am a hybrid of sorts and my role in this artistic journey is to share with my audience and fans nothing but the truth. That truth may sometimes be in a raw form other times it may come through a bit more subtle, but my music is meant to touch on what people feel and go through.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
For a weeklong trip I would definitely get them on the Sunset Strip, check out the iconic spots Whiskey a Go Go, The Roxy, The Viper Room etc. Venice Beach and Santa Monica are must see places to check out and good vibrations. The last piece is the Comedy Store, The Improv, Laugh Factory. Comedy is one of the rawest forms of art available. Los Angeles isn’t complete without Hollywood and the tours and museums. I could go on for days but that would be a good start.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are too many influences to count in one answer, but I would say my earlier musical influences came from a few random places along the way. A close friend of mine introduced me to a computer program (Fruity Loops) to make drum beats and one of my brothers was freestyling early on. We ended up getting a few CD’s of instrumentals and would spend hours on hours freestyling. A big part of that stage in my life was finding outlets through any means to process what my environment was and how to maneuver in and out of a lifestyle I was born into, but saw potential to grow from. The last musical influence was my Uncle who spent time in and around music his whole life. This part of my family always had a piano in the house my Aunt would play growing up and some of my cousins gravitated to different instruments. My Uncle has a strong pulse on engineering with an audio engineering background. He is big on creating an energy to bring into a song to create a great record and he has given me a lot of understanding from a technical and “feeling” perspective.

Website: https://www.madaatoms.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/madaatoms?lang=en

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/madaatoms

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