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Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

Madi Diaz: Spaces, light, and height. Coming upon a space that sounds unique and incredible is just the best feeling. Sometimes, it’s under a bridge or down a stairwell or hallway. Sometimes, it’s pitch-black or incredibly warm or in full daylight on a rooftop. I did a shoot recently for a clothing line, Somedays Lovin. I got to stand on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean and play my guitar basically all day. It felt endlessly powerful.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

MD: Candlelight and red wine? I don’t know. Vulnerability catches me off guard every single time.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

MD: “There is love.” Someone wrote that for me on a piece of paper in an airport when I probably looked like I really needed to hear it. I did. We all need the reminder sometimes.

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

MD: I do my best to write my way through it. It helps the laughing, reflective part come quicker.

MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about?

MD: Arts in education is especially important to me. Inspired teachers in our education system is crucial in developing inspired human beings.

MP: Why are these important to you?

MD: Both of my parents are teachers. One is in the Waldorf school system in Louisville, Ky., and the other runs a music school. I grew up with loving, supportive, encouraging parents that let me make my own world, and I wish that for every single child.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

MD: I run about four days per week and do some sort of hike or yoga/stretching on the other three. Kind of self-propelling my body and muscles forward in my own controlled chaos helps me find the ground a little bit easier on the daily.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

MD: Loving the process. I learn it over and again and in different ways. I’m speaking particularly to the musical process, but I definitely think that this lesson transcends. Loving the life process. Loving the process of becoming stronger by experiencing something that makes me feel unsteady. The process of speaking and living my truth and making my own path.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

MD: I know that truly nothing is for sure.

MP: What is love for you?

MD: I love the truth. Whether it’s painful or wonderful, it always widens my perspective and changes me. It helps move me forward.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

MD: My new album, Phantom, is out September 30. I started writing this record about ten months after I moved to L.A. It took me over a year. Not because it’s hard to write songs or anything. I think maybe I just needed life to keep happening to me so that I could feel enough feelings to write a properly arced record. Phantom is about a person and a feeling and a whole year of moments and then the disappearance of all of them and how they haunt and follow me.

Madi Diaz was home-schooled by post-hippie parents. She released her first album, Plastic Moon, in 2012. Her upcoming album, Phantom, is a chronicle of falling down, getting back up, and heading to the horizon.



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