The Lo-fi bedroom pop musician, Maddie Razook, speaks with me in this Norman Music Festival performer question and answer session. Maddie Razook will perform at the Lyft Opolis Stage on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 6:30 pm. Here are ten questions to get to know Maddie Razook.
1. To get people to know you, how would you describe yourself and your music?
I’m from Wichita, KS, currently residing in Oklahoma City. I would describe my music as lo-fi, synth-y bedroom pop. Being able to make this kind of music is really fun for me. I graduated with my Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma City University last spring; I’ve spent my life as a performer learning to navigate a lot of different genres of music – all much more traditional. I definitely believe that all of my experiences have strengthened me as a musician and lead me to where I am today, but I really love the freedom that writing and playing my own music has given me. I love that I don’t necessarily have to fit in to a genre or adhere to any rules as far as structure or technique.
2. What song would you like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?
I really love the last song on my first EP (beneath the skin), mine for now. I think that’s one that most people might not immediately listen to if they’re just checking out 1 or 2 on my Bandcamp because it’s at the end of the album, but it’s probably my favorite from that group of songs.
3. What’s your song writing process?
It really depends. Sometimes the music comes first. A lot of the times the poetry comes first. Many of the lyrics for my songs are taken directly out of my journal. My songs often take shape over a long period of time; I’m constantly adding and changing things. I think that was the most difficult part about the recording process of my newest album (which will hopefully be released by NMF, look for it on bandcamp!) – I wanted to keep changing things after they were already finished. I think that’s just the way my brain works.
4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
The line-up this year is incredible! I’m really stoked to open for Japanese Breakfast. The organizers of the fest did a really great job with bringing in a lot of bands that people really want to see.
5. In general, what inspires you?
“Most all of the inspiration for my lyrics comes from my experiences. As far as my inspiration musically, I’m constantly listening to music, so over the years I’ve definitely found a lot of inspiration in other artists that I love.”I’m inspired by people, mostly – things I’ll hear strangers say, things my friends do, conversations I have with my mom on the phone – those things inspire me as a person. Most all of the inspiration for my lyrics comes from my experiences. As far as my inspiration musically, I’m constantly listening to music, so over the years I’ve definitely found a lot of inspiration in other artists that I love.
6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?
I’ve never been to Europe so I’d love to go someday! I don’t know if I could pick just one place, there are so many things over there I’d love to see.
7. Any plans while you’re in the Norman area?
I don’t live too far from Norman, but I don’t get the opportunity to spend long periods of time there very often, so I’m really looking forward to being downtown all weekend and seeing a lot of cool bands!
8. What else you want the public to know about you?
I love connecting with new people. If you see me at a show, come say hi!
9. What do you think should be the Eleventh Wonder of the World?
If I find it, I’ll let you know!
10. What was the most extreme adventure you’ve had?
Oh gosh, I don’t know if I’ve really been on too many extreme adventures, per say. Being alive in 2018 feels like en extreme adventure most of the time, haha. I’m constantly surprised by the things I encounter in my day-to-day life.
The eleveth Norman Music Festival is on April 26, 27, and 28, 2018. Read more interviews from performers in the festival, present and past, here. To learn more about the festival, check out our NMF page.