Madeline Rosene Featured Artist On MarkMeets Music

Introducing MarkMeets’ Featured Music Artist For January 2023 Madeline Rosene

Meet “indie pop-n-roll” songwriter/singer Madeline Rosene who has always played by her own rules by overcoming personal challenges and achieving success on her own terms.

Madeline Rosene (Pronounced ro-SCENE) is both sweet and raw, mysterious and brutally honest, unsure and in complete control, and playful yet with laser focus on what she wants. Madeline has toured throughout Los Angeles (Molly Malone’s, Hotel Café, Los Globos, Silverlake Lounge, etc…) She released her debut album, Raised On Porn, in January, 2020 with an overwhelmingly successful album release party in Downtown Los Angeles. Madeline has several original songs and music videos produced, from Short and Sweet (“Don’t think twice about what you’re missing, because it’s a lot”), Numb (“I know you’re feeling strongly like the kind of drugs you’re on, but I am numb”), and Little Planet (Starry nights so clear, ‘cause nobody sets foot up here, but I don’t bite).

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“I love writing. I like writing happy songs, funny songs, sad songs, but I like writing things that make people feel a wide spectrum of emotions within a few minutes. It’s music and lyrics that keep me alive.”

She is realizing her dreams by being brave and bold, having the courage to be herself and say what she thinks. At age 10, she started playing the guitar after asking her brother Hub, to teach her how to play. She would write her first song at age 12 called Scattered Dreams. Later, at age 13, Madeline and her 17-year-old brother Hub, who was in high school, started a rock band. They played clubs all over Cleveland and Akron, sometimes on school nights, making their friends envious.

Madeline would make the decision to attend boarding school so she wouldn’t have to choose between her parents. Subsequently, she got involved with the music club on campus, producing live music shows on the weekends and playing at almost every event. But after two years, family trauma led her to run away from school and went to live her grandmother in Cleveland.

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In her junior year of high school, she would figure out how to attend Hampshire College in western Massachusetts without graduating. She knew about the school because her favorite musician and writer, the late Elliott Smith, had attended there. Furthermore, Smith was a huge inspiration in her writing, especially the honesty in his lyrics, which she has similarly incorporated into her own.

Wanting to be a neurologist, Madeline studied pre-med for two and a half years. But feeling her creativity being sucked away, she changed her major to medical journalism. During college, she was signed to her first manager and played shows in western Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. However, she would get a better manager — her current one — who believed in her from the first day he heard her music.

She is well on her way to achieving her dream to be a full-time indie-pop singer. She has had several of her original songs and music videos produced in addition to the success of her recent album, Raised on Porn.

Currently, Madeline is working on projects remotely with her producer. Her new album, Everyday Existential Crisis, was released last October.

Read the interview further below.

Madeline said I wanted to be a doctor, particularly a neurologist. I have a fascination with the brain, and how it functions. I talk about it in my songs sometimes.

I met my first “manager” when I was in high school. Then I left for college. He found me on the Internet. I can’t really remember. He sucked. My manager now is awesome. His name is Pedro Garduno and his company is called Musiklists. Pedro has believed in me from the first day he heard my music. If it wasn’t for him, I’m sure I would have given up by now.

Each month here at MarkMeets, we celebrate either a new unsigned music star or an existing artist on the rise, and destined for stardom.

I would hope that the listener feels a certain comfort in knowing that they’re not alone, that there are other weirdos (me) out there.

New interview with Madeline Rosene

We’re extremely happy to welcome to our humble pages acclaimed singer-songwriter Madeline Rosene; greetings and salutations, Madeline! Before we dive into the proverbial Q&A swimming hole, how did 2022 treat you?

Thank you for having me! The last few months have been great. I love fall. It’s my birthday season and it’s a perfect time to release “Sad Girl Fall Music,” which is what I think I just did!

2.) Congratulations on the new album Everyday Existential Crisis which was just released on October 28! What was the genesis of this brilliant new album, how did it come into being?

Thank you so much! Even before my first album Raised on Porn came out, I was already working on this album. There were one or two tracks that didn’t make it onto Raised on Porn- I just wasn’t happy with them yet. One of them was “Sugar,” which is the last track on Everyday Existential Crisis, and one of them was “Words” (I think). They belonged on this album anyway. I think this album came about because basically I never stop writing and all of these songs need to go somewhere, right? I don’t think I ever think: “I need to make an album about *insert subject.” I think I just make a bunch of songs over a given period of time and then I look back on them and see what the theme or message was. In the case of Everyday Existential Crisis, I think the theme is sort of about questioning if you’re doing the right thing, if you’re with the right person, and trying to figure out how to process emotions in an overly stimulated world. I sat on the name “Everyday Existential Crisis” for a long time because I think it’s sort of a metaphor for my life and how, since I was a child, I was always in a state of flux- different homes, different states, different schools…and then as an adult- different homes, different states, different jobs. I always craved stability, but now stability almost makes me uncomfortable, because it’s still a bit foreign.

3.) Who was your producer on Everyday Existential Crisis and what did collaboration between artist and producer look like in the studio?

There were FOUR producers on this album. I don’t do things the normal way because the normal way doesn’t usually work for me. This is likely because I’m very disorganized, can’t make decisions, crave variety, and give in to every attention deficit whim. Plus, I love all of the producers I worked with and they all needed to be part of this for different reasons.

4.) In your humble opinion, how is Everyday Existential Crisis different than any other album on the 2022 music scene?

Well, the lyrics weren’t generated by an AI bot. So that’s good. 

There are real instruments, which is pretty wild and “hip.”

There are no songs about partying, buying designer brands, or references to my (or anyone else’s) genitalia. 

Now, that I’ve turned everyone off of listening to this very white girl album, please go listen to this very white, sad girl album. It is NOT boring. 

5.) The new album has such a full and lush sound – Can you introduce our readers to some of the other talented musicians who lent their own musical alchemy to Everyday Existential Crisis?


Patrick Windsor @pwindsormusic produced several of the tracks and plays basically every instrument. Alex Windsor @alexnicolewindsor (they’re married) plays lots of INCREDIBLE guitar on this album and co-wrote the song Burn. Bill Driskill is responsible for most of the instrumentation on “Out of My Mouth” and I believe all of the instrumentation on “Sugar”. Bob Varo produced and played on Lobotomy, Franglais, and Everyday Existential Crisis. All of these people are GENIUSES and I am so lucky that they deign to work with me. Dante Juhkel produced Good Behavior and The Kill and those songs are sooo lush to me. I love everything about them. He is an insanely talented musician with great, original ideas for sounds.

6.) How is Everyday Existential Crisis similar to some of your past music? How is it different?

Well “Sugar” was supposed to be on my first album, Raised on Porn. It was supposed to be part of that concept- the concept of feeling like things are phony, like you’re being used for your youth. But it’s on this album and I suppose that was meant to be. It’s the perfect outro track because it is a song of awakening in a sense. It’s about seeing the ugly side of a relationship. The drum solo is so epic. 

As a whole, I try to be as honest as possible in my songs and I think my last two albums have succeeded for the most part with their frankness and honesty. 

7.) On the heels of the release of the new album, can fans look forward to seeing you on the touring circuit in the coming weeks and months?

I hope so. TBD.

8.) What do you hope listeners walk away with after giving Everyday Existential Crisis a few dozen spins on their turntables?

I hope they walk away knowing how important it is to tell their story. As we get older, I think we lose interest in our own story. Maybe this is because we’ve been humbled or we’ve evolved. Or maybe it’s just because we no longer “have our whole lives ahead of us” so in that way, the narrative starts slowing down, the subject matter becomes more expected sometimes as we create our routines, we question whether people even care about hearing our story. 

Besides the fact that I believe social media has been creating generations of ego maniacs, I do think it is healthy for people to use social media as a way to tell their story and show the world who they are. That’s kind of a beautiful thing and I think music is the same way. You should never get tired of telling your own story- find a new way to tell it, find a new audience, make some changes and tell a new story. Our stories we tell ourselves and others are how we assign meaning to our lives. So I hope my initiative to tell some of my stories through the songs on this album will inspire others to tell their stories too, because you never know who you will touch. Your story could truly make a difference in someone’s life. 

9.) As a singer-songwriter, which comes first for you: The lyrics or the music?

At its best- both at the same time. It feels the best to write that way for some reason. Maybe because it just feels organic- like it’s all coming out of you at once. 

When I’m writing with someone else- usually they have a beat or chords already that I will write the melody and lyrics for and that’s super fun too. 

10.) Musically who is your lighthouse? Which artist stays lit for you no matter what?

Once I like an artist, I never stop liking them or get bored of them. We live in such a throwaway culture. If something is more than five days old, it’s considered old music now. It straight up disturbs me. I still listen to the same songs I listened to when I was 12, but I also listen to brand new things too, of course. 

I’ll never ever get sick of Alanis Morissette, Elliott Smith, Modest Mouse, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Liz Phair, Arctic Monkeys, Michelle Branch… there are so many…

11.) We absolutely love Heart On Fire off of the Everyday Existential Crisis album! Is there a VH1-Behind the Music story you could share with us on how this catchy and unforgettable tune came into existence?

I’m so glad you like that song. I think it is also my favorite song on the album. In the fall of 2020 my (now) husband sent me these chords. We were just dating at the time. I loved the chords immediately and started writing. I was so inspired by him. I hadn’t felt excited about someone in a while (hence the first line of the song: “Heart on fire- or maybe it’s indigestion…”) I think I was still seeing someone back in Los Angeles or it had just recently ended and I was sort of trying to convince myself or lie to myself that I was not falling for my future husband, Alec (“I’m a liar or a misrepresentation”).  He had lived down the street from me the whole time I was growing up, but we never really knew each other. We knew of each other and we were in orchestra together at school, but our paths never really crossed. He carpooled with my two best friends to school every day and I still didn’t know him. He called me “Maddie” when we met because I used to go by “Maddie” in elementary and middle school. “Either way, I like the way you say my name the old way…” There was something comforting about it, like we had really always known each other. 

Alec plays violin (as a throwback to our orchestra days) and piano on this track. Patrick WIndsor produced it so beautifully. He had a lot of amazing ideas for the harmonies in this song, which I am completely obsessed with. I think they are unexpected and so bright. 

This song also has one of my favorite lyrics I’ve ever written in it: “I don’t want to whine, but I’m uncorked and dry and it’s pouring out, like a fucked up spout that you couldn’t clog if you tried.”

I think the song is about feeling comfort and happiness and how weird that feels when you’re not used to it. “And how things change on a dime, when someone makes you feel so alive.” I think I cried when I wrote the last line and I still cry when I hear it sometimes, because he truly changed my life.

12.) Any final thoughts on the new album that you would like to share?

Yes, it’s very cinematic. I want to manifest that these songs will get placed into some great tv or film projects. Fingers crossed!

13.) Final – SILLY!  -Question: Favorite movie about the music scene – This Is Spinal Tap, The Thing Called Love, Almost Famous or Walk the Line?

LOVE this question. Almost Famous is fantastic, but I’m gonna say “That Thing You Do.” I love that time period. I think the band relationships are so real. Love Tom Hanks and love that he made that project happen. I think the music and the soundtrack are exceptional. When it comes to songs that were created specifically for a movie, these tunes go above and beyond. You would never know that they were made in a sort of contrived way- it’s probably because they weren’t. Adam Schlesinger wrote the song, “That Thing You Do,” and received an Oscar nomination for it. I am a HUGE Adam Schlesinger fan. Most people know him for Fountains of Wayne or more specifically, Stacy’s Mom, but he was also in a band called Ivy which had a bunch of sync placements in the early 2000s. One of my favorite songs of all time is called “Edge of the Ocean” by Ivy, which I am sure he had a big part in writing. For the longest time, I had no idea he had anything to do with that song, but when I found out he did, it was like…duh…

Madeline Rosene is a new refreshing independant artist on the rise” – Music reviewer MARK BOARDMAN

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