Good Afternoon Natalie! Thank you so much for talking with Battered and Brewed! Being from the Nashville area, you have defiantly seen this city boom! What was it like growing up here?
Growing up in the Nashville area has been really great. I’ve definitely seen this city grow really fast. It seems like every time I go into the city there’s a new building, restaurant, apartment complex, etc. It’s great, though! We’re getting a lot more diversity with music, which is great for someone like me (who sings pop music in a primarily country music area).
You were pretty much born with music in your blood, so where did the passion for food come from?
My mom was always really into cooking healthy food when I was growing up. She cooked some great meals – my favorite being our family recipe for fried okra. Her cooking made me appreciate good food.
What’s a typical day like for you (food-wise) when you’re at home and how is that different from when you are on tour?
I usually start my day with a big smoothie. I pack in as much fruit and protein as possible (lots of blueberries, peanut butter, chia seeds, etc.) I also HAVE to have coffee if I want to function. That pretty much fills me up until dinner. A typical dinner for me includes sir-fried veggies and some sort of meat. I also have a huge sweet tooth, so I try to sneak in some chocolate in my day as well. I haven’t been on tour yet, but have definitely thought about the issue of food for when I do go on tour. I would try to find recipes that pack in as many fruits and veggies as possible in order to stay healthy on the road.
What is your favorite food to cook for your friends?
Again, I have a huge sweet tooth, so my favorite food to cook for my friends is definitely cookies. I make some mean chocolate chip cookies!
Where do you find your recipes?
I find most of my recipes on Pinterest! I also learned several recipes from my mom (like that family recipe for fried okra)
What does your cooking music playlist look like?
I listen to some cooking playlists on Spotify. I like “Cooking Music” by Alberto Cota. A lot of times I’ll just listen to my favorite artists (currently lots of Bruno Mars).
Tell us about one memorable meal you’ve had during your travels.
One of the best meals I’ve had was at Nando’s. There are only a few locations in the U.S. The first time I ate there was in Baltimore, and then again in Chicago. The chicken Caesar wrap is amazing. Really all of their food is great, though – Nando’s sauce is heavenly!
Are you a fan of the “Nashville Hot Chicken” or where is your favorite place to eat and what do you order?
I’ve actually never had hot chicken… I’m a little afraid to try it! My favorite place to eat (casually) in Nashville is Chago’s Cantina. I always get the Carnitas!
What is the one place you have always dreamed of dining?
I’ve always dreamed of dining at Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan. The restaurant is beautiful and the food is supposed to be amazing (as it should be at $295 a tasting menu)
If you could pick one food to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would that be?
If I could pick one food to eat for the rest of my life it would have to be steak. I LOVE a good steak!
What about a crazy cooking incident?
Earlier this year I was trying to whip up some cookies for a party, but I accidentally put double the amount of butter that was needed. So I added some extra sugar and flour and thought it would be fine (it wasn’t). They came out a bit more like crapes than cookies – very disappointing.
If you could be on a reality cooking show, what would it be?
I think I’d like to be on Chopped! The mystery box could be fun!
Tell us about your EP, “State of Mind.” What was the writing process like behind it?
I worked on “State of Mind” for about a year before it was released. I was originally choosing around 13 original songs, slowly eliminating the ones that didn’t represent the style I was going for. I tracked about half of the instrumentals before giving it to my producer, Marcus Wanner, to work on. He added some extra instruments (bass, guitar, drums, etc.) and refined the synthetic one’s I programmed. The whole process was cool because of how involved I got to be with the tracking. The songs themselves were inspired by a multitude of genres, artists, etc. Specifically Selena Gomez, Birdy and St. Lucia. The songs “Self-Destruct” and “New State of Mind” were written just a few weeks before we recorded final vocals. “Self-Destruct” was inspired by the synth-pop artist’s at Bonnaroo. “New State of Mind” used to be a song called “When You are Gone.” I decided I didn’t need another song about boys on my album, and decided to redo the lyrics and overall feel of the song.
Go Blue Raiders! What are you looking to do with your degree in Audio Production?
That’s a good question! I would love to produce other artists’ music. I do a lot of tracking for myself and would love to work with other musicians on cultivating their style and genre.
What is your New Years resolution for 2017?
My New Year’s Resolution for 2017 is to work on my music every day. Whether it’s emailing venues, writing a song, or reaching out to other artists, I want to be advancing my music in some way every day.
Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could sit down and have a meal with one person, who would it be, why, and what would you have?
If I could sit down and have a meal with one person, it would probably be C.S. Lewis. He had an incredible mind. I’m reading “The Four Loves” right now and am just blown away at his thoughts! His favorite meal was eggs and ham, so I’d probably go with that!
ABOUT NATALIE MADIGAN:
Natalie Madigan is a singer-songwriter from the Nashville area. She has had a passion for music since she started piano lessons in the first grade. Natalie began writing her own music at age eleven, and soon started to post her original content online. While in high school, she worked with GRAMMY Foundation members at Nashville’s GRAMMY Camp, took voice lessons, and was selected for Tennessee’s All-State Choirs for three years in a row.
Over the past year, Natalie has been developing her music and creating a unique style for herself. Her EP, State of Mind, aims to expand on her usual piano/vocal focus by incorporating real and synthetic instruments into her songs. She is currently performing locally with her backing band while writing and recording new content on the side.
Natalie is a member of BMI, GRAMMY U, and Omega Delta Psi. She is a full-time student at Middle Tennessee State University and is pursuing a degree in Audio Production.
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