Bournemouth-based rapper Mad Definition talks us through why mental health inspired him to tell his own story through music. The music he writes has been inspired by many modern greats and this is just the beginning for Mike Dowdall…
In this digital age we have gained access to so much new music through streaming services. Nothing really comes close to the live experience we’ve all been deprived of over the last eight months, however. Mike Dowdall, a.k.a. Mad Definition, has been writing music since the age of 16, and talks to us about why he believes digital platforms aren’t the be-all-and-end-all, and why nothing will ever compare to the live experience of being at a gig.
Indeed, coronavirus has taken its toll on the live music scene. Mike explains how being at home more has given him and other aspiring artists the freedom and time to produce more music in time for 2021, where hopefully the live music scene will thrive once more.
WHERE DID THE INSPIRATION FOR THE NAME “MAD DEFINITION” COME FROM?
For years I have suffered with mental health issues, and I wanted something sentimental and catchy whilst using my initials. I also used to get called mad a lot, so one day it came to me. I am the definition of mad, so I like to write about mental health and how people can overcome issues and problems they may also face.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START WRITING AND RAPPING?
I have written music and rapped since I was 16. I first developed a keen interest in rap at the age of 13 whilst growing up listening to Plan B rap and sing, so I had to get on my guitar and show the world my own version of events.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROCESS? FOR ISNTANCE, DO YOU WRITE FIRST AND RAP AFTER? OR DO YOU FREESTYLE?
Sometimes I have lyrics that I then have to produce a beat to, or sometimes I create an amazing beat and the lyrics just flow from there. I don’t really have a set process, I just let the music flow from the heart naturally.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE?
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO COLLABORATE WITH, IF GIVEN THE CHANCE?
I would love to collaborate with a few artists including Ocean Wisdom, Dax, Ed Sheeran, Artan, Eminem, Hopsin, High Focus Crew and many more.
HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT HAS CORONAVIRUS HAD ON YOU AND THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE?
DO YOU THINK THE DIGITAL WORLD HAS HELPED ARTISTS LIKE YOURSELF THRIVE AND GROW?
IF YOU COULD OPEN A SHOW FOR ANY ARTIST, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Ed Sheeran. I admire how he managed to build his way up through the music industry and build his own career off the back of doing what he loves. I think he has a lot to teach and offer the world, especially in terms of inspiring up and coming artists.
OTHER THAN RAP, WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC GENRE?
I love all music – I don’t really have any favourite genres. I grew up on rock, indie, singer-songwriter and rap and I take influences from all areas of music. People can learn a lot from classical music, even though it’s not everyone’s favourite genre. It has a lot to offer to producers and musicians.
DO YOU HAVE ANY EPS OUT YET?
I did have an old EP called Profound Insanity, which is now only available on CD as I removed it from streaming sites. I do have an EP on Spotify called Higher Limits from 2018 and I’ve also just released a new single called FIX UP. This can be found on Spotify, YouTube and other streaming platforms.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU AND WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN 2021?
I am also releasing some more music videos on YouTube at the end of this year in build-up to the LP. Plus maybe a couple singles just to keep people hooked onto what’s coming.
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