April 1, 2010
Maddam Ink Interview
This week we’re heading back east. We got to chat with Adam Burke, frontman and lead singer for the Pennsylvania-based rock band Maddam Ink. On stage he’s joined by bandmates Matt Scott (guitar, vocals), Steve Beneke (bass, vocals) and Kyle Young (drums).
Check these guys out.
1. How did the four of you meet and end up playing together?
I was playing an acoustic show in Perkasie, PA and Matt came in and saw me playing and was like, “Oh, you want to jam sometime?” So we started playing and it went pretty well so we decided to look for other members. I knew Kyle’s cousin, who said he was good on the drums, so I burnt him a disc of some songs we had and told him to learn them. Luckily he was. Steve was in a band already and when our original bass player left and someone suggested we ask him to join us. He is the newest member and has been in the band for a year and a half.
2. Did you all start playing music at an early age?
I started playing the guitar and singing when I was 11. I put the guitar down to be the lead vocalist for some of the projects that I was involved in. Matt started relatively later at around the age of 18. Steve started when he was 14.
3. With six years and two records under your belt, how would you say you’ve grown as a band?
I think we are finally getting our own sound which has been the biggest issue so far I believe. It’s easier to write and move forward when you have a sound and you try to stay in a similar format. I think all of us as players have improved and our stage show has gotten much better. With the release of this second disc I believe it will open people’s eyes to what we are trying to accomplish.
4. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I think that Kyle and I are more modern rock guys like Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Shinedown, and Green Day. Matt is a classic rock nerd. I think he likes it because there are a lot of guitar solos. Steve is an oddball with music influences from 311 to Stevie Wonder. He is hard to nail down.
5. You guys have been open about doing things differently for the new record on the marketing and PR fronts. Are you happy with how things have gone so far?
With doing everything yourself, it’s harder to get where you want to go without taking forever. But, I do believe that it was necessary. It lets you learn about the music business end a little bit more, along with meeting some cool bands along the way.
I’m glad we have the opportunity to have some assistance with P/R and recording – that’s why we hired Ken Cavalier at Allure Media Entertainment. He is one of the best in the business for sure and if anyone can do it for us – he can! I think that we need professional promotion now because we can’t really move any further without help.
6. Adam, you’ve said you do most of your writing on your acoustic guitar. What is the process like that gets you from that to the hard driving songs we hear on the records?
The acoustic is easier to write riffs on for some reason. I think it’s because its always around. If I think of something, I can just grab it and play. Matt writes like that as well I believe, because you can’t crank up your amp every time you think of something.
7. You play most of your gigs around the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York area. Do you have a favorite venue or any particular shows you’re always trying to replicate?
I like Fat Daddy’s in York, Crocodile Rock in Allentown, and Crash Mansion in New York City. Those places are nice venues where you get treated, for the most part, respectively. We have played Croc Rock like 40 times, I think so because everyone seems to know us there. Fat’s is just a good sounding venue with sweet lights. I think we just try to make the best out of every spot we play so that we are welcomed back without a question.
8. Maddam Ink has a pretty well established presence on the web. What kind of benefits have you gotten out of your online efforts?
I think the web is one of our weaker things going at the moment. Our social networking sites are solid, but there are so many sites to try and get published on that its almost hard to figure out which ones to go for. The social sites help us keep in contact with fans and our shows, so they’re important.
Photo by Rock Metal Inc.
9. I’m sure you’re all excited about the release of the new record. If all goes according to plan, what would you like to accomplish in 2010?
If all goes as planned we would like to have a good buzz going on very soon and beyond 2010. We are hoping to move some copies of the disc and distribute digitally on iTunes along with getting the disc in-store. We are planning a national tour and hope to blow up big – with the team we have on board I believe that is an extremely reasonable probability.
10. Where should people go for more information about where to see you live?
Check us out at www.myspace.com/maddamink.
There you go, folks. Definitely a band to check out if you’re in the Allentown area. We look forward to more great tunes from these guys in the future!
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