Madeline Martin's debut single "I-35" tells a heart wrenching story of toxic love, pulled to extreme through her lyricism, distorted guitars, and layered vocals.

By P.P.

2/28/20241 min read

Hi Madeline, welcome to AFX.

What first inspired you to make music?

I was a sophomore in high school, and I discovered Billie Eilish’s music. I had been struggling mentally for a while and listening to her music felt like somebody understood and that I wasn’t alone. I realized then that I wanted to start taking music more seriously, and I’ve been writing songs ever since.

Tell us something about your professional journey so far?

My journey so far has been so much fun. I played my first ever live show a few weeks ago. My friends and family all came out to support me. I also released my first song, which I am very proud of.

What would you say is your greatest strength as a singer/musician?

I would have to say my lyrics and melodies.

Do any of your songs based on personal experiences? If so, can you tell me about one that’s particularly special to you?

All of my songs are based on personal experience, but one that is particularly special to me is a song that isn’t actually out yet. I wrote the song for my long distance best friend, Melody.

What are some of the challenges you face as an artist?

I am a perfectionist at heart, and with music I feel like nothing is ever going to be “perfect”. It makes it hard to finish songs sometimes because I spend so much time making sure it’s perfect. I also have only been playing guitar and piano for about two years.

What are your lifelong dreams?

If we are talking about music related, I really want to go on a world tour and play sold out shows. If we are talking overall, I really want to go backpacking through Europe.

Would you like to share anything else about yourself or your music with our readers?

I’ve got a lot of music in the works right now, so keep an eye out for what’s to come!