We had a chat with artist Maddox Jones on latest projects, why he chose dance music, the most memorable soundtrack in cinema, and much more.
Maddox Jones is a British singer-songwriter. He might’ve released his debut EP, Headspace, just last year, but he has plenty of years under his belt in the music industry: before going solo, Maddox Jones played in multiple bands and collaborated with other artists.
Currently, he is working on his debut studio album. If his critically-acclaimed freshman EP is anything to go by, listeners can expect a diverse flavor of sounds, thought-provoking lyrics, and Maddox Jones’ smooth vocals. The 5-track Headspace reached #4 on the iTunes UK Singer/songwriter chart.
His latest release is single “Somewhere There’s a Plan (Believe It),” released late this August. He accompanied the release with an animated video, a stimulating and colorful visual that pairs well with the comforting and positive message of the song. The video tackles the societal pressures of expectations, of feeling overwhelmed and overworked. Maddox Jones wants his listeners to know that “somewhere there’s a plan for you.”
To learn more about Maddox Jones, including what he predicts the world will look like in 300 years, check out our take-5 interview with the artist below:
Q: Before we dig in, what's next for you?
As I write now, I have just finished a session at the studio; I am working on my debut album, which is coming together! I am now on my way from the studio to the rehearsal room. So, that’s pretty much what I’m working on at the moment – album and live shows.
Q: Why did you choose to make dance music?
I like music that engages the heart and the body, songs that mean something but also make you move. My album isn’t all going to be dance music, I’m a singer-songwriter first and foremost, and each song has its own needs in terms of how it should be presented. There are some ballads on the album as well.
Q: Let's create a new festival; What would you name it, Where would it be located, and Who would be the top 3 headliners?
Ok, I’m going to do this quick-fire – no overthinking. The festival is called Dark Matter, and the three headliners are Depeche Mode, The Cure, and Rufus Du Sol. Actually, can I curate two juxtaposed? The second one would be – Let The Light In – the headliners would be – Coldplay, Jungle, and The Killers.
Q: What is music going to sound like 20 years from now?
Music goes in cycles and well as being pushed forward. In 20 years, there will be a 2020s revival and some mega glitchy, future electronic stuff. Music is unpredictable, and I love that.
Q: If you could bring one artist back to life, who would it be?
I’d love to bring John Lennon back and sit with him while he’s writing a song on the piano to see how he does it. Such a great songwriter.
Q: What if aliens invade our planet, and they're really hot?
Well, that would be cool and also really weird, like could you date an alien? There would be some kind of super specifies – half-human, half hot alien 😝
Q: If you could spend a day talking to an animal, what animal would you choose and what would you want to learn from them?
I’d talk to a bee and tell them that they really should resist the urge to sting a human because they die right after. Then, for a longer conversion id talk to an owl to see if they are as wise as we say they are.
Q: What do you think the world will look like in 300 years?
I hate to think. I hope we go back to living from the earth so we can make sure our planet lasts that long! We need to stop advancing in some ways, learn to work with the elements more, and stop misusing our natural resources.
A more fun but equally scary answer to the question would be that motorways in the sky and humans would be computers – completely integrated with technology.
Q: Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?
Spider-man would win because he would spin a giant web and catch batman, rendering him useless and unable to use any of his powers.
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