We had the good fortune of connecting with Morris Madrone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Morris, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
To put it simply, playing music is sort of a necessity in my life. When I play, write or perform music I think more clearly, I have more energy and I simply perform better in life. When I don’t play music (for long periods of time) it tends to haunt me. I can’t sleep, I feel foggy and I’m just not as happy.
You see, I have an acute form of dyslexia with a hint of ADHD, and playing music is my remedy. It’s the only activity I can sit in a chair and focus on for 6 hours at a time without any external motivation. I’m simply in love with it and thankfully, I’ve gotten pretty good at it.
So I guess I’m pursuing an artist career because my cognitive function and overall happiness is dependent on playing music… so I might as well do it for a living.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
None of this journey has been easy and most all of it was done alone. I’ve never had a band, music colleague or a real mentor to draw motivation from. I got good at music, practicing hours on hours alone. To this day, 95% of my music making process- the writing, arranging, recording, producing, editing and mastering- are all done alone in my apartment.
My biggest challenge: being a solo artist with a late start.
None of my family or friends were musicians growing up so I didn’t discover my talent for music until I was 19. I randomly fell into taking piano lessons 30 minutes a week the summer after graduating high school… and I just fell in love with it. The next year I applied to music school and 4 years later I received a degree in composition from Columbia College Chicago. After school, I taught myself how to produce music, play multiple different instruments and market myself.
I am a true independent artist through and through, and I plan to continue to be an independent artist throughout the remainder of my career. I started my own record label, developed a successful marketing avenue and am currently raising capital for touring, hiring, and major marketing ventures.
I want the world to know that I’m not outsourcing any aspect of my artistry. This music is truly my work and my work alone.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I could plan a week-long trip for my best friend (and time and money were not an issue) I would take him or her to the following.
1) A concert at the Hollywood Bowl
2) A Laker Game (I grew up in Southern California)
3) A golf/day trip to Terranea out in Palos Verdes
4) Hike my secret trail at Point Magu (at the Malibu Ventura border)
5) Surfing in Paradise Cove/Little Dume
6) Manhattan Beach volleyball day into bar crawl
7) Wednesday night lawn concert at Penmar Golf Course
8) Bike and bar hop throughout Venice Beach to a dinner a Scopa
9) The Getty Villa’s Museum by the Palisades
10) A tailgate and Football Game at USC
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Influential Teachers: Daniel Pappas (Piano Teacher from 2009-20011), Daniel Krieger (Audio Engineer and Production Mentor- help master all of my Tracks)
Youtube: I’d like to give a huge shoutout to all the amazing people making tutorial /education videos on Youtube. Even though I have a degree in music around 70% of my musical education has come from Youtube.
Books: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho- an incredible book on pursuing your dream and following your heart.
My Friends and Family: Although not the biggest supporters in the beginning, they are all mega fans since I released my first album.
My Fans: People all around the world randomly message me, telling me they love my music and believe I’m destined for greatness.
Brecht Vanthoff and Taylor Ivey