SOYYO means, I am me, how would you complete the phrase "I am..."
I am Maddy. And what that means is that I am a Quirky, crazy, whimsical, awkward, anime-loving, Japanese studying, creative, nerdy, brilliant, musical, ADHD-ridden, curly-headed, thick, beautiful human being of Mother Earth who exists with a purpose to produce and create.
When did you begin making music?
I remember I wrote my very first song at 15, and I sang it to my partner at the time and she said it made no sense, so I quit until I started producing my own music at 17 or 18 on garage band. Then I discovered Logic Pro and it changed my life. I produced my own beats and started writing to them. It stuck ever since.
Who do you aspire to be like when you grow up?
I aspire to be like my parents, when I grow up. My mother is so strong, beautiful, hard-working, and incredibly intelligent. My father is a low-key genius, an amazing chef, and super loving. They've accepted, supported, and believed in my dreams since I was a child and do everything they can to support me. In terms of music, I aspire to be like the “next” Nina Simone or Amy Winehouse or Tyler the Creator. They influence my creativity and sound, heavily. But ultimately, I aspire to be the first and only Maddy, I suppose I would like to reach their level of success.
How do you get into your musical flow?
I listen to a lot of music before I start to get into my flow. I listen to songs that challenge my vocals, songs I can sing out loud and experiment with. I listen to NAO, Amy Winehouse, Hiatus Kaiyote, Kali Uchis, The Internet, Nina Simone, Earth, Wind, & Fire and they all have such funky, groovy, melodic styles that allow me to tap into this creative energy.
Are there certain individuals that inspire your musical creation, if so who?
TYLER THE CREATOR! All day, everyday, Tyler. He is a GENIUS. He inspires my overall musical creation. I’ve watched his interviews over and over to remind myself to do what I love and not worry about other people’s opinions. That’s what he stands for. I love his style and his sound.
Another artist that inspires my musical creation is FREAKQUENCEE! She is a genius and a legend, without a doubt. I remember the first time I saw her perform I’ve never seen and felt so much passion in a performance. Every time she speaks she turns heads, her lyrics make me think and make my soul speak. She speaks the truth, she lives in her truth, she’s real, she’s strong, her being is beautiful. She has taught me so much about me as an artist and has been the biggest help in developing my sound, my creativity, and my artistry.
Who do you feel like you owe the most to in your musical career?
I come from a family of artistic, creative, beautiful individuals, I owe it to them. My mom was a dancer and I think she sang a little bit too. Two of my aunts are artists, my grandfather, on my mom’s side, was a trombone player, my cousin is a model and DJ, so I feel like I fit in nicely. My family also has great musical taste so they always played all kinds of genres when I was growing up, anything from Grateful Dead to Ray Charles, to Aretha, to Grace Jones, to Miles Davis, to Michael Jackson and James Brown, so I grew up listening to so many diverse styles of music.
What is your favorite color, and why?
My favorite color is pink. Pink is sexy and innocent. It can also be mysterious and sinister. It can be anything it wants to be.
What was a low point in your career?
I think, so far, the lowest point of my career was realizing I wasn't as good as I thought I was and feeling like I wasn’t meant for this. I grew up with very little critiquing when it came to my singing. Everyone told me I was incredible, or good, and so-on so when I met others better than me it really put me into this negative mindset of how I viewed myself as an artist and singer. I can take things super hard because this is my life, this is what I live and breathe, so when I met others better than me I started comparing myself and told myself I wasn’t good enough. It’s really a mindset thing.
When did you feel was the highest point of your career thus far?
Thus far, I want to say, I am currently in the midst of my highest point as an artist. I’ve come a long way from where I was at 17/18 years old. A lot of it had to do with my mindset and how I viewed myself. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I was putting myself out there because I didn’t think I was good enough but now more than ever I’ve gained more confidence in my music and my artistry. Im realizing my greatness and my purpose. I’m doing shows, open mics, connecting, keeping consistent, and grinding now more than ever. I’m more focused.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself married with little Maddys running around, ha-ha. I see myself being financially free, starting my own music streaming company, touring, writing, giving back to communities, and inspiring youngsters. Creating my own fashion line, having black owned vegan fast food places, farming, and thriving.
Thank you for reading! To listen to Maddy check out her music here: http://www.soundcloud.com/Bymaddz