By Chris Morrison, guest blogger for LoSoCal
People often ask how I find new music and honestly, as a millenial, one of my top answers is through Instagram. By searching for your city and then the type of music you like, you can find great local bands and artists. This is how I found Madre X Mia. I ended up liking their music so much that I went and saw them at an awesome venue attached to a coffee shop in Normal Heights.
Image courtesy of @Lestatscoffee
Lestat’s Coffee shop is something of an institution in San Diego, and for good reason. The three locations (Adams Ave, Hillcrest, and Park Ave), are known for their welcoming atmosphere and more importantly, being open 24/7 three hundred and sixty-five days a year! The first Lestat’s was the Adams Ave location. Opened in 1997 and named after the main character in the popular book Interview With A Vampire, Lestat’s leans into the New Orleans style and charm. This style spills over to Lestat’s West, a small, intimate music venue attached to the coffee shop in Normal Heights. Lestat’s West hosts a variety of comedy shows, music performances, and open mic nights, and is one of the few all-ages music venues in the city.
I mentioned above that the venue is small- this was not an exaggeration. This does, however, mean that every act you see there is an intimate experience. Cost at the door depends on the event, for example, their weekly comedy show is free and the music show I saw was $10, making this a great value. I highly recommend grabbing a coffee next door and bringing it with you into the show, especially since they have a strict no alcohol policy.
As mentioned above, I found Madre X Mia (pronounced Madre Mia) almost by accident while scrolling through Instagram on my lunch break. The four-person band is composed of Guitar (Anthony), Bass (Nick), Drums (Dylan) and Vocals (Violet). After releasing their first single and music video “Head On Straight” earlier this year, the band now has a new single just out called Wife Material that you can listen to here: https://fanlink.to/bUkT . I had the chance to sit down recently with Anthony and Nick from the band to learn more about their new single and how they write music.
Hi guys, thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me. I love the band and am excited to interview you.
Now first of all, when did you all start Madre X Mia?
Anthony: The band has been together since late 2018, but we have really only been playing shows this year.
How did you guys meet?
Nick: We are all locals
Anthony: Yea we all kinda met through the music scene, Nick and I were in a band together before and then we found our drummer and vocalist.
So how did you come up with the band name?
Anthony: The name means Mother of Mine in Spanish, my mom was a big influence on me growing up and the name is a tribute to her.
What are your biggest musical influences, like what do you like to listen to?
Nick: We like R&B, Metal and Pop, a little bit of everything.
Anthony: Yea artists like Pierce the veil, Dance Gavin Dance, and Lorde.
What is your song writing process like?
Anthony: I am the primary songwriter, I come up with general idea and hand that off to our drummer who will improvise a beat for the whole song. Nick will add in his bass part and then our vocalist will put her own twist on it. It is a very collaborative process.
Alright and last but not least, where do you guys want to take this?
Nick: Long term we would love to put out an EP by next year and get tour support to promote the album. We want to go as far as we can with this!
Anthony: Yea we have two more singles coming out this year that we are very excited for!
Be sure to check out Madre X Mia’s new single Wife Material and show them some love. Do you know of other awesome local bands? Hit me up and let me know, I always love going to see live music.
Chris Morrison has been a long-time guest blogger for LoSoCal. He is a native of California and he loves to write about the local SoCal scene, mainly music and entertainment. He also specializes in marketing strategy. Show him some love and like his post or comment below. Thanks for sharing Chris!
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