A while back I was doing what I often do, skimming Bandcamp for rad new bands. Eventually I stumbled across Judd Madden, a multi-instrumentalist from Australia who has a penchant for putting out numerous releases per year. After enjoying his music for so long, I finally sat down to chat with the man himself. Continue on to see what Judd has to say about being consistent on his albums, his latest release and what inspires him.
Hello there. How are things going down under?
G’day. Things are going great!
Tell me a bit about yourself, Judd. How did you begin making music?
I started on piano and drums from an early age, and we had guitars laying around the house so I kinda picked that up too. I’ve always jammed with friends, and have been in lots of bands over the years. Music has just always been there.
Has this project always been a one-man venture?
Yes, I wanted to explore and create in my own time, with no restrictions and no schedule. I have started collaborating more, but primarily it’s a solo adventure. I think of it like writing a book; it’s a singular vision. I work in design, with many conflicting opinions on every project, so it’s nice to make something where I have complete control.
You not only put out numerous albums every year, but they are all consistently heavy and powerful. How do you stay consistent after so many releases?
Thanks! It’s a lot faster to record an album with just one person. So, even though it seems like I’m releasing a lot, I’m only really spending a couple of months in production.
Eight albums over five years, how have you not been offered a recording contract yet?
Where do you draw the majority of your inspiration from?
Your most recent album “Waterfall II” is, what, a reinterpretation of your debut album? Where did the idea for this come from?
A lot of bands of your caliber and quality charge a set fee for their albums but you put all of yours under up for “pay-what-you-want.” Why not just set a price?
What’s next for you, Judd? Any more albums to be released before the end of the year?
Stream and download Judd’s new record below and be sure to download the rest of his catalog over on his Bandcamp page.