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SYNC REWIND: Take the Time to Speak Your Mind

Updated: Jan 26, 2023

While it may come easier to some, it’s worth remembering that it’s always okay to ask for help. Whether you shy away from doing so in fear of seeming weak or being some sort of burden, try to let go of those feelings and allow yourself to seek help when it’s needed. As we close in on a time of year that is often associated with freedom and less chaos, it doesn’t mean that your needs are any less important.


Along with the catchy, feel-good energy in this track, these are the feelings and values that Madcat sought to inject into his newest single, Speak. Because, when seeking out help when it’s needed, it’s equally important that you remember to release rather than to hold on to those feelings, words and clouded emotions. You, like everyone else, have your own problems, but yours aren’t any less valid. You are loved, and we hear you.


The message may be heavy, but this track radiates with much needed relaxation and joy. Speak is playful, bouncy, and vibey as all get out. Whether you’re relaxing at home or driving around with the windows down, a little dose of Madcat is all you need.


 

ARTIST INTERVIEW


Oh my god, I can’t stop listening to this one. This is such a feel-good track. Just an absolute pick-me-up. What exactly inspired Speak?


Speak had originally started out as a callback track to one of the songs that inspired me most when I was first really getting stuck into music production in 2015 - Pierce Fulton and Puppet’s Boy and the Beast. Speak was originally going to be Girl and the Witch, but following the tragedy of Pierce Fulton’s struggle with mental health, I changed the title to Speak to lean more into the importance of reaching out and getting the help you need.


It sounds like this one really means a lot to you. Tapping into your 7-year old inspirations probably made for quite the journey. How long did it take you to produce this track?


Speak was an ID for a little over a year, I started it early 2021 and put it down for a long while after Pierce Fulton passed. Earlier this year (2022) I picked it back up with a determination to make it a good and fitting tribute to one of my earliest idols.


It’s weird how sometimes songs will just fall out of you and other times you kind of have to wait and let them grow however they decide to. Now that it’s finished, what part are you most proud of?


The intro and breakdown are probably my favorite parts. The soft chords and the forest sounds and the “broken-little-music-box-esque” sound was an absolute blast to make.


Listening back to it now, where does Speak take you?


Speak takes me back to my parents living room in 2015 sitting on the floor with my dads old work laptop trying to make a copy of Boy and the Beast using a bunch of loops my dad had accrued over the years in Acid Studio 2010, arguably the real start of my serious music career. It’s such a vivid memory I have that comes back to me every time I listen to it.


Man, I imagine that’s a memory that will only continue to mean more and more to you as you further your career. Speaking of which, do you have anything else in the works?


I have a large number of IDs and old project files I’ve been digging up and looking to bring up to snuff, so it’s very likely I’ll have some heaters coming up. Gotta get back into the OG Madcat “grindset” and on that dubstep powertrain. Folks have been KILLING it lately and I can’t let myself be outdone!


Well if it’s anything like what you’ve been doing lately, I imagine folks will be saying the same about you. For when the time comes, where is the best place to keep up with you and your music, and is there anything else you’d like to say to your listeners?


Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re having a tough go at it, speak up. That’s what Speak is all about. It’s about breaking that silence and taking the steps toward getting the help you need. Don’t let some silly idea of thinking people will look down on you for struggling with life stop you. It’s not worth going through it alone. I’ve been there, and it almost got me too, and I don’t want anyone to feel the way I did. As for socials, college has had me in a chokehold, so I don’t post nearly as much as I used to, but you can find me on Instagram @madcat.us and on the Sync Records Discord! Big love folks, thanks for checking out Speak!


So if you’re down, lonely or just really need a tune to get those happy brain-juices flowing, check out Madcat’s Speak! And remember, you are loved and we hear you.


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