We had the good fortune of connecting with Madeleine Mayi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madeleine, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I think this is something that people have been thinking a lot about lately- especially this year. With being home all the time you can go both ways- it can either be an opportunity to procrastinate endlessly, or an opportunity to never stop working. At the beginning of my artist career in 2017, I had a very manic approach to work. I was constantly filling my schedule- with things that I realize now were sometimes not even helpful- but being busy made me feel like I was accomplishing things. But I would work until I would get sick. Then over the years I moved into a more all or nothing approach. I would have an EXTREMELY productive month, then would take a few weeks off, and the cycle would repeat. This was prompted by a realization that all of my best ideas came out of boredom. So I would let myself get bored for a few weeks and then jump back in. This way of doing things was not too bad, but still became very tiring. This year has changed that though- because of having endless time, I have found that a much more disciplined approach to my DAILY life has been best for me. Small things I do everyday: writing in my journal for 15 minutes, writing at least a verse of a song every day, and leaving 1-4 hours for myself to come up with creative ideas. Then somedays I’ll have a session, or a meeting, or a big project to work on. And what you do adds up quickly. This leaves me time to care of things in my personal life without feeling like I have to sacrifice anything. I know this is a long winded answer- but I think artists get a bad reputation for being unable to be disciplined. I would disagree. 😉
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a freelance musician who fits most generally in the indie pop/indie rock scene in LA. Obviously a very saturated art form/especially in my location. But I think one of the things that makes my project unique, is that I write about friendship almost all the time. Much of my music is dedicated to opening honest conversations about friendship and how it affects us. I have gotten here by simply being unable to step away. Art is what I love, and I’ll never stop pushing my boundaries creatively. It’s certainly not easy. But I just put my head down and keep moving forward. I want people to know that I will always be honest.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
God. Well we couldn’t do most of it currently. (stay safe!) But I would take them on a long walk by will rogers in the palisades, go pick up sandwiches at larchmont wine & cheese, coffee at cafecito organico on hoover, probably stop by the broad, maybe get a spontaneous tattoo by my guy mikey brannon, if it was summer go see a movie on the lawn at the cemetery… now I’m sad.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Well definitely my managers, Megan and Amelia AKA Samewave MGMT. I dedicate this book to you. lol.
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