The other day, ANGL had the pleasure to sit down with singer, songwriter, and YouTube extraordinaire, Madilyn Bailey, as she was preparing to shoot her Fall Look Book.
When did you start playing music?
I have been singing since the time I was in diapers, literally running around the house singing “I want much more than this provincial life” from the Beauty in the Beast soundtrack. So it's basically been in my blood since I can remember. About 6 years ago I finally got the courage to upload my first video to YouTube, which is where it went from just being something I like to do on the side to something I am doing as my full time job
Do you have a musical family? Where do you think your interest in music comes from?
Growing up my dad played guitar and he listened to a lot of rock music. When my originals come out you'll hear a rock edge to everything I like to do. I was like a sponge, I absorbed everything from him and I never had lessons in singing or guitar. I just kind of picked it up and knew how to do it, which sounds crazy, but for me it was just something that clicked in my head and made sense.
So your next big thing is your original music? And you recently got signed?
Yes, original music! I am signed to Warner Music in France because Virgin Radio started spinning one of my cover songs on full rotation, which is kind of crazy and unheard of for an unsigned artist. The label heard about it, picked up on it, and signed me on. So we’re working on taking over Europe one country at a time, as well as right now I’m writing and recording my original album which is so amazing because I’ve been writing for this album for the past 3 years. My writing is the best it's ever been.
Because you're releasing in France, are you going to have any French language songs?
I actually went through French words that are often times used in the English, like bon appétit or avant-garde or just words that people already know. So there might be one French titled song on the album. But no French though, I don't speak very much, very well.
I mean growing up I listened to a lot of Bon Jovi and Van Halen. So kind of like a lot of that rock edge comes from my dad and then when I started picking singers to listen to it was like Colbie Caillat and Lana Del Ray and Sia so kind of like those singer songwriter types that have really like deep lyrics and so my sound is kind of a fuse of those. I call it moody pop kind of like the deep singer songwriter lyrics you'd expect from Sia or Lana but like in a more Ellie Goulding type of production style.
You're branching into makeup and lifestyle videos?
On my YouTube channel I get a lot of requests about how I do my hair or makeup for my videos or what clothes I wear on my videos. So I thought, well why not do look book videos to go along with my music videos and makeup tutorials for how I do makeup for my live shows?
Photograph by Christian Millian
Do you always do it yourself or you have a makeup artist?
At first I had some makeup artists helping me, but I kind of just learned through the course of working with them. I picked up on the things I like and the things I didn't like and sometimes it's just easier- you just know what you like.
You're working on your album- is that the main project you're looking forward to? What can your fans look forward to?
In France, I just finished making a cover album that I’ll be releasing there at the end of September with some of my favorite old songs remixed so that will be really fun and I’m excited about that. But after that it's gonna be all originals so next year, 2016, it could be the year for original music. I’m so excited!
Ok so now a very serious question- because I know you’re from Wisconsin. If you were a kind of cheese, what would you be?
I would be Swiss cheese because on my first day with Jimmy we went back to his parents’ house and his dad was looking at me through a hole in a piece of Swiss cheese. So Swiss cheese is near and dear to my heart
What's one instrument you've always wanted to play but never gotten a chance?
Actually, I don't know yet. I did pick up the ukulele and I do play a little but I’m not great. I do play all sorts of different kinds of drums, I play guitar, I play piano. I mean I feel like electric guitar is about shredding and I can't do that, so maybe that or like a pan flute. Like a variety show on stage.