How did you get in touch with the music world, then what made you go into EDM and create the Maddix project?
I grew up in a musical household. My mum plays djembe, the African drums, so that's what I played when I was a kid. At about the age of seven, I started playing the piano and later on drums. When I was a teenager in high school, I found out about dance music and was instantly hooked. First, I started to just fiddle around and eventually I started working under my own name, Pablo, but I felt like it didn't fit my music because "Pablo" sounds a bit Latin and that's not the kind of music I make. When I thought that my music had reached a certain level, sound-quality wise, I decided to change my name and after brainstorming for quite some time, I came up with Maddix.
The majority of your releases are big room tracks but you incorporate a lot of elements from other genres such as Psy-Trance, Hardstyle, Trap and Reggae. Where do you go to find such diverse initiations for your music?
Can we expect any of your more experimental tracks to see the light of day any time soon?
Maybe! I've made a few tracks that are completely different but for now, they're just for fun. There are no plans for their release but it's certainly a possibility to happen at some point.
Most of your tracks have been released on Revealed Recordings and you are now clearly a staple of the label. How did you first connect with them and how important is the label for you as a producer?
It was actually because of my release on Armada Trice, "Raise Em Up." Back in the day, I released this track when I was still pretty unknown, and Dyro supported it on one of the first episodes of WOLV Radio. After that, I received a message from Sebastian, who is the label manager at Revealed, and he said he really liked this track and he wanted to sign it on WOLV, which was in the same group as Revealed. So that's how I first got in touch with Revealed and where we started building a relationship.
The Revealed team helped me a lot with getting exposure. Having Hardwell play out my tracks on his streams and shows was a big part of pushing my music to the right people. Three years ago, I was no one and now, because of the label, I can go all over the world to perform. There are the label nights which help show off your chops and those can lead to becoming a headliner for your own solo gigs elsewhere. I think that the label really opened up so many doors for me and I wouldn't have the opportunities I have today without them.
Revealed launched their Community Releases about a year and a half ago through Revealed DJ and had been a great platform to showcase up-and-coming producers. What advice can you give to young producer who would like to start a career now?
First of all, try to make music that is different from what the rest is doing. Second, work on your production skills as hard as possible to make your tracks sound really good. The one trick that helped me with this, when I was still struggling, was to just lock myself up in the studio and put like three tracks of a similar style in the project. Instead of trying to copy the track, I tried to copy the way they are mixed by listening to each layer like the kicks or the lead. I remember listening to a Dyro track and trying to make a comparable kick. I worked on it for ten hours and it still wasn't good enough! But I learned a lot about how to get your kick fat and so the whole process did help me in the end.
So, for young producers, try that exercise and be original in your ideas. Don't think about creating a signature sound - I believe it'll just happen at one point. In my case, I've been producing for about fourteen years and I just make music that I enjoy. Then one day, people started recognizing some signature elements and now you can see them saying, "Oh! This is a Maddix track!"
I also played at Lakedance Festival last summer, which is a big festival in my hometown, and I brought a lot of friends and my mum. This was the first time they could actually watch me because I'm touring a lot in Asia, which makes it difficult to bring them. I closed down the mainstage together with KAAZE in front of thousands of people - it was an amazing experience.
Finally, what can we expect from you in the near future?
I'm working on a lot of new tracks! Three of them are finished and ready to go. I'm also working on some tracks with vocals, which takes a bit longer as you must find the right singer etc. I don't want to say too much about this yet, but in general there's a lot of great and diverse stuff coming that I can't wait to share with you all!
Thanks so much to Maddix for taking the time to answer our questions! Thank you also to Arthur for conducting this interview! Be sure to follow Maddix using the links below!
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