Madison Project- 9th IMA Punk Song Nominee
THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS
Nominee Spotlight- PUNK SONG
BAND NAME: Madison Project
WEB SITE: http://www.myspace.com/madisonproject
ARE YOU SIGNED OR SELF-RELEASED? Signed
NAME OF LABEL: ThunderCreek Records / Popcore Entertainment
HOMEBASE/COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Burlington, Vermont, USA
ALBUM NOMINATED SONG IS ON: I Am The Target
ARTISTS ON THIS TRACK:
Ryan MacNeill- Guitar/Vocals
Robby Baier- Bass
F. Thomas- Drums
WHERE WAS SONG RECORDED? At The Barn in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. It was produced by Frank Aversa (Spin Doctors).
WHERE IS YOUR MUSIC AVAILABLE? We have our record available on iTunes, CD Baby and other download sites. We are also releasing a limited edition 7” with our single, “Fallen.” On the B-Side, there is a previously unreleased acoustic version of the song. That should be out early 2010.
WHICH GENRES BEST DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC? I would say that it is Alternative Rock. It’s very influenced by the early 90s grunge bands with a strong back drop of Punk Rock influences.
WHAT’S THIS SONG ABOUT? It’s a party song; hanging out with your friends and doing whatever the fuck you want.
WHY DID YOU SELECT THIS TRACK TO SUBMIT TO THE IMAs? I picked this track because it has an overall great feel with great catch phrases and hooky choruses without taking away the attitude of true Rock ‘N’ Roll.
WHAT UNUSUAL INSTRUMENTS OR TECHNIQUES DID YOU USE ON THIS ALBUM? For this album we worked with all 2” analog tape then transferred it to Pro-Tools for mixing. I love the analog sound. Most of the solos were taken from the scratch guitar tracks. There was so much energy in the studio that there was no reason to try to recreate. It was perfect in my opinion.
DID FANS HELP FUND THIS PROJECT? We were lucky enough to get signed and backed by a production company for this record. It gave us a choice of a studio and the time that we needed (within reason) to finish the record.
WHO IS SITTING IN YOUR AUDIENCE? It all depends on the show and state, but mostly the Alternative Post-Punk crowd; mostly in their early 20s. I love playing all-ages shows because the younger generation really gets stoked on these songs, especially songs like “Take it All” and “Sedation,” the harder and more frantic songs. Lots of energy circulates during the performance.
WHAT MAKES YOUR FANS UNIQUE? I would say that we have the most diverse fans as far as our range in age. There are the pre-teen crowd to the 40 and over crowd who come out to hear us. Our music reaches all ages, which I can’t say that for many bands today.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO PLAY? New York City. In the beginning, being a Vermont band there is not much of a scene or places to play. We started out going down to Manhattan and Brooklyn every weekend. It was a great way to grow as a band.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BANDS’ MOST MEMORABLE ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE? I would have to say that having four out of ten songs from one record end up on the radio nationwide; both commercial and college. Also getting an award for the 16th Annual Billboard World Song Contest. “Rock It” was among the top 1500 songs; both were great accomplishments for us.
WHAT’S IN THE WORKS FOR 2010? We have gone through some line-up changes in the past year or so; something that needed to happen for a while. Writing has been a big focus this past year and we have done some demos and pre-production for our next release. I think that I Am The Target still has touring life in it, I don’t want to rush into the studio just yet. Maybe a single released before the summer.
FINISH THIS SENTENCE: THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS… Not the way it used to be.
WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF SUCCESS? Success to me is pushing my writing and playing to the next level. I just love being on the road in the van, totally free with the world in front of us, getting the energy so high and pushing each other each night. It stokes out the whole crew. It’s such an amazing feeling.
WHAT’S ON YOUR IPOD THAT WOULD SURPRISE YOUR FANS? Katy Perry’s “Hot and Cold.” I heard that song at a few bars and thought “fuck…this is catchy.”
NAME SOME ARTISTS YOU ARE CHAMPIONING: I really like the [IMA Nominated artist Daisy Chapman’s] piano cover of “Umbrella.” It really puts a different spin on this song that you never thought would work. It’s a really great feeling and she has such a beautiful voice.