Madi Diaz Interview: SXSW 2010
You can say Nashville-based singer Madi Diaz has music in her blood. Her dad is a keyboardist who runs a music school in Delaware and tours with a Frank Zappa-tribute band. Playing music since her teens while attending Philadelphia's Paul Green School of Rock Music, Madi ended up following his footsteps by going to Berkeley College of Music before running into her now-manager in New York, launching her professional career as a musician. We caught up with the singer about her return to SXSW.
Describe your sound in your own words.
We've gone down so many different roads in the past. We began exploring Americana music but then came back to Nashville and just started writing more pop music. People compare our sound to that of Sheryl Crow and sometimes we get Spoon references.
How did you band form?
My dad was a musician and got me listening to everything early on, from Metallica to Frank Zappa to Janet Jackson. I went on to Berkeley College of Music and wasn't sure what I wanted to do that would jump start my brain. I was working full time and doing school full time and really needed a break so I quit school. My co-writer Kyle and I were playing biweekly shows in New York just to keep things moving and still feel like a goal was happening, and that's when I met my manager by pure accident in 2006. She was there for somebody else's show and stayed for our whole set. She's the reason so many doors opened for us and how we got a publishing deal. So now I get to write music all the time and not feel guilty about it. We decided to move to Nashville soon after to avoid paying a million dollars for rent in Boston or New York.
What's it like being a musician in Nashville?
It's such a music city. The indie rock