Sticks & Stones Shitty Interview No.133

Bassist/vocalist MADDIE JAY is fascinated by sonics. When she isn’t on the road playing bass for artists such as Lorde or Remi Wolf, she is in her cozy Los Angeles bedroom studio frankensteining together music from analogue synthesizers, cassette tape and drum machines. While Maddie loves supporting and collaborating with other artists, she finds her most fulfilling and creative moments come when she is alone, making something from nothing with an instrument in hand and a cat on her lap.

While her music feels warm, fuzzy, and distinctly California-influenced, Maddie’s journey began in a tiny town in the northwestern corner of British Columbia, Canada. After coming to America to study bass guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Maddie followed her friends to Los Angeles and started her career as a “hired gun” bass player. While touring the world, Maddie felt herself pulled to her laptop on her days off and in green rooms, and eventually released her first EP “Mood Swings” in 2020.

Last month Maddie teamed up with multi-instrumentalist/producer Bobbing for ‘Marie‘: an ode to Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. The funk-driven track was written about world-famous organizing consultant Marie Kondo and how easy she makes it look to change your whole life around on her Netflix show, even if that isn’t the reality of it. The ease of the track floats the listener through the heavy feeling of watching your world cave in on you, wall by wall.

Maddie is currently the touring bassist for Lorde and Remi Wolf while working on her next full-length project. After striking creative gold working with Bobbing, the duo will continue collaborating on this upcoming release.

Meanwhile, it is a pleasure to bring you Sticks & Stones Shitty Interview No.133 with MADDIE JAY accompanied by photos of Maddie in the studio with Bobbing.

Sticks & Stones: How can we be less shit?
Maddie Jay: Probably a bidet or something!! I am in no position to be giving advice lmao

Sticks & Stones: What don’t you fuck with?
Maddie Jay: Mealy apples, bugs, single-use plastic

Sticks & Stones: Who would you bring back from the dead?
Maddie Jay: No one because I have learned my lesson from all the tv shows that I’ve watched. Some bad shit always happens.

Sticks & Stones: What rules?
Maddie Jay: Soft pants, hi-fidelity, custard.

Sticks & Stones: Doing anything fun today?
Maddie Jay: Yes! I am about to leave my hotel room to play Hangout Fest in Alabama with Remi Wolf.

Sticks & Stones: Draw yourself.
Maddie Jay: (See illustration).

Sticks & Stones: What did you want to be when you grew up?
Maddie Jay: Oscillated between musician and dolphin trainer. I think I wanted to be a film composer at one point!

Sticks & Stones: Where are you?
Maddie Jay: I am currently in a hotel room in Alabama but I am in the middle of a six-week tour that will be hitting Europe as well!

Sticks & Stones: What do you miss?
Maddie Jay: My cat!!

Sticks & Stones: Give us some shitty advice?
Maddie Jay: Be yourself.

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