Movie Score Maestro Madsonik Talks New Projects & Switch To EDM Production [Interview]
Madsonik: I grew up playing music, for as long as I can remember. Both playing music and watching movies both fueled a creative impulse in me. Movies and music would transport me to worlds both real and unreal, so I was interested in both writing music and the craft of filmmaking. From an early age, my imagination was very tied to both music and movies. So it was natural that I became really interested in how music worked in films. I eventually just taught myself to play piano, drums, guitar, cello, as many things as I could. That eventually led to producing rock, industrial, electronic, hip-hop music within films. And I also learned to compose for and conduct orchestras for the movies.
SR: What was it like collaborating with Tom Morello and Kill the Noise on “Divebomb?”
MAD: SO CRAZY. I love Rage Against the Machine and Tom is an absolutely killer artist. And Kill the Noise is such an innovator. We had just gotten back from tour when we dove into this song, and it was really cool to be able to lay down a track raw and dirty here at my studio. We came up with what was a crazy combination of styles: rock, trap, reggae, break-beat, and (as Kill the Noise calls it) “aggressive island music.” Saint Merissa’s vocals were sick on it too. Everyone brought their A game for sure. I feel really lucky.
SR: What would you say was the greatest challenge for you transitioning from composing movie scores to producing EDM tracks?
MAD: Electronic music is a different lane of production and it is much more concise and concentrated. Often in film music, I compose pieces that are over 20 minutes long. But in the end, I just want my music to transport people and tell a story, regardless of the genre.
SR: You have a highly anticipated new track coming out called “Blastzilla,” can you tell us about this huge new track on the way?
MAD: Oh yes, this one I am really excited about. It has a post-apocalyptic science fiction epic vibe. It is a definite cross between electronic music, trap, and cinematic orchestra and choir creating a wall of sound. Yeah, the choir makes such a statement in this song along with the dystopian Borg-like voice from elsewhere bellowing these cultish commands. It is definitely a fight the power kind of song. I can’t wait for people to hear!
SR: What is a more gratifying feeling: performing at a festival in front of a crowd of thousands of fans or seeing a movie you composed the score for do very well at the box office?
MAD: Oh, come on! that is a trick question! Well, I have to choose both. But I gotta say there is an immediate connection that is a singular experience when performing in front of a big festival crowd. I love going to festivals, always have. So I can place myself right there. Especially if there is a mosh pit!
SR: You have been featured on soundtracks and trailers for blockbuster action movies in the past like xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7, Iron Man 3. What is your favorite action movie and why?
MAD:Oooohh my favorite action movie. Damn. That is tough. Let’s take it back old school. Die Hard is pretty hard to beat. Yipee-ki-yay MF!
SR: What do you have planned for 2017? What can fans expect from Madsonik?
MAD: I have a remix of Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” coming out Friday on Interscope in fact. It is kind of an epic, high energy vibe. Very excited about that. Working with a slew of artists on a bunch of their albums. I have a trio of movies coming out – Power Rangers, The Fate of the Furious, and The Mummy. And of course, I am also working on my Madsonik album. First up is the video and single for “Blastzilla.” The video is crazy, it is a science-fiction cautionary tale of the last person on earth with a free mind. Then there will be a slew of other tunes and, of course, touring!
MAD: Amazing, but intimidating too. You really want to nail it on a remix when the original song was a #1 hit already. The pressure is on! The idea was to not try to do what the song already did so well. Instead, we went in a different direction, a different vibe. And Mike WiLL Made-It is the coolest guy to work with.
SR: Your new “Black Beatles” remix is featured in the new Battlefield commercial, do you enjoy gaming yourself and if so what type of games do you usually play?
MAD: Oh yes! I am a gamer for sure and it was amazing hearing my remix against the incredible visuals of Battlefield 1. I love FPS and racing games. Also MMOs. I love the new school games for the wow factor and I loved working on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, and Far Cry 3. But if you throw in some old school Mortal Kombat or Tekken I am good to throw down as well!