We had the good fortune of connecting with Madame X and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madame, what principle do you value most?
First things first! Thank you for asking me to be apart again, I’m honored to be apart and continue to share my story.
A principle that I value most is authenticity. In everything I do, I strive to do it with a genuine pure heart. Now there are times when I drop the ball however, those are times when I evaluate myself and decide where I can grow from there.
Authenticity matters to me because I’ve been in a space that wasn’t genuine and it felt very performative as well as fake. I wasn’t being true to myself. It caused me to question myself, push away people who truly care about me and I watched myself self-destruct. Now looking back, it was one of the greatest blessings because I moved away from the noise and got quiet. The more I began to unpack what didn’t fit me anymore the more I saw my true self and began to value, love and appreciate her so much more. Now, I’m more aware of myself when I begin to fall into old habits/patterns that cause more harm than good. In essence, that’s why authenticity matters to me as well as honesty and integrity. It also helps to have genuine people around you who hold those same values close to their hearts because they keep you grounded when you start to stray away from yourself. I’m grateful for my team, because they are reflections of myself.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Thank you, I really appreciate the love! I’m a storyteller and student of life before anything else, so I use my experiences to paint a picture of how I overcome life. Whether that is through heartbreak, failure, missed opportunities or the misconceptions of life. I’ve always had an uplifting aura about myself so, seeing the glass half full or an area I can grow better in comes naturally to me. I believe a lot of people are in search of truth, something real as well as hope. I believe my music provides that element especially, in an industry that’s focused on the exterior, I focus on how to develop the interior. Shacka Lacka lol, So much has happened since our last interview. A highlight has been going on tour with Sofar Sounds and having the opportunity to share the stage with friends of mine, filming my first music video with a friend of mine. A lot of this year has been about collaborating with the people next to me and really building a tribe of like minded people. It’s been a journey however, I don’t regret one step! A big lesson I’ve learned along the way is the importance of staying true to yourself and keeping up with your expenses. Being an independent artist has taught me how to stay organized in my expenses and plan ahead.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a lover of nature so, checking out Cedar Ridge Preserve for a good hiking session is a move. Once we’ve sweat out some frustration let’s head over to one of my favorite coffee shops… Halcyon. They have really good brunch, and espresso martinis. Next, we would hit up some of the shops in Bishop Arts District. They have really cute boutiques however I usually go there for Wild Detectives! I love to read and chill in coffee shops so that’s a must and depending on the day we go, we can catch a live show. We would go to the Dallas art museum and Nasher sculpture center to catch some contemporary art, go over to Klyde Warren Park and ride the trolley through downtown. A few of my favorite places to eat in Dallas depend on the mood. A great seafood boil spot is in Plano near Parker called Bear Bays! I love creole/ cajun food so a great spot with awesome live music in Deep Ellum Cafe The Freeman Cafe. Head over to the north side to chill at Staycation which is a black owned, woman owned coffee shop, they serve summer specials and good vibes. The Weed spot, another black-owned CBD-infused coffee shop, has two locations, one in Dallas and one in Bishop Arts. Oh, snigging snap! One more, we have to hit up a really cute ice cream shop in Garland called Scoop-N-Cup, they have traditional Mexican and Philippine ice cream that’s delicious in every bite. As you can see, I like to keep it chill and low-key. However, anytime with good people is always a good time.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I really appreciate this question, My family for always hyping me up and challenging me to dream bigger. As well as keeping me grounded. My dear friend Ms. Madhat and my yoga family. She’s kept me encouraged through the tough times while reminding me of why I create music and share those intimate parts of myself with the world. Her support and love encourages me to dig deeper and love myself more through the process of healing and creating. My friends at Starbucks for playing my music in the store and their support. My friends in Atlanta are always sending love, encouragement, and support! Last but not least, my fans for being loyal to the music! Their dm’s and comments on how my music impacts them, continues to confirm that my music is bigger than me. Oh also! my friends who I’ve collaborated with in creating music, those who have helped me bring my vision to life, shared encouragement, sent love my way, shared a laugh, comforted me when I had more tears than smiles. I acknowledge that I have come a long way and persevered on my own; however, the times when life got cloudy and it was hard to move forward the people in my life helped keep me uplifted.
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