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Madeline Kenny is a musician currently residing in the Bay Area..
TA: What’s your current hustle?
MK: I just got back from tour, and am taking a little break from local shows and touring to just write, record, nanny (to pay the bills), and enjoy the Bay Area in the fall.
TA: Has what you’re doing now been a life-long interest?
MK: I've played music since I was 5, so I've definitely always been around it and making music for fun.
TA: What’s the most memorable career advice you’ve received?
MK: A friend once told me to spend a great deal of time being absolutely devoted to your own art form, and learning what your own style is. Because, according to her, it only gets more difficult to hold on to your initial intentions and inspirations as time goes on and success waxes and wanes.
TA: What’s been your biggest obstacle?
MK: Time; managing mine, having enough, making use of what I've got. It's always a balance between making enough to survive but also making sure I can reserve time for creating. I also take on too much and always get overwhelmed (even though I'm the one who gets myself into that situation in the first place).
TA: If you could tell your younger self one thing about life, what would it be?
MK: Train is not a good band.
TA: Where do you find inspiration, when needing it?
MK: I go on walks or bike rides, get outside and listen to music or listen to nothing. I find that most of my ideas come when I'm on my bike or in the shower -- any place totally inconvenient for writing a song down.
TA: What has been the best moment in your career so far?
MK: Meeting people on tour who have felt a connection with my music. Sometimes, because everything is so internet-based these days, the whole world can feel like a virtual reality game, and even though you see "views" or "listens" ticking up, it feels fake or constructed for some reason. When someone comes to my show because my music made them feel good for a time in their life, it sort of blows my mind. Like, wow -- you have heard of me?? In those moments it really feels like we both matter to each other and I think that's very rewarding.
TA: What do you that you find different about your creative process that others in your field might not do?
MK: I tend to write lyrics and melodies without an instrument and then come back later and add instrumentation. Although I do tend to change writing methods pretty often to keep things fresh.
TA: What are you still looking to achieve?
MK: So much! I feel like there's so much I want to learn. I'm currently learning how to build and solder guitar pedals, and I also want to start learning more about repairing and building synthesizers. I have a lot of lofty goals for the next record, which I'm eager to get started on. I want to tour a bunch, create more visual art, travel more... there's so much to do I can't write it all here!
TA: What would you say to someone who may think that their talent is not an ideal career path?
MK: I would say it's not easy and perhaps "career path" isn't the best way to describe it. So much depends on being in the right place at the right time, having the support of others in the field with clout and the ability to help, having access to resources. But none of that should deter one from the act of creation. Regardless of whether or not one is making money on one's talents, I think it's important to keep nurturing them and to continue to create. In the end, I believe that's all we have to cling to.
TA: What do you see the future holding?
MK: Tours, records, hopefully more inspiration!
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