As Indie recording artist and Kamloops local Madison Olds walked along Robson Street in Vancouver, B.C., she excitedly recounted the past month of her travels as an artist stating she keeps pinching herself because she thinks it’s all a dream.
Olds grew up in a musical family and it has been a whirlwind journey for her as a musician from opening the stage at Rockin’ River Fest in Merritt, B.C., to, being featured in the national Chevy Tailgate Find the Next Local Legend. She’s had her single Music in the Mountains written for the 2018 BC Winter Games reach 400,000 streams on Spotify and landed #76 on the Hot AC charts.
Showing no signs of slowing down, Olds was a top-five finalists for the ReAmp Recording Studios Road to a Record Deal contest performing in California on July 22 before flying back to Canada for a 10 day residency at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel as part of her prize for winning the Soundtrack to the Pacific Rim Life contest in May.
“The experience is like nothing else, the best thing I could ever describe it as is Disney for adults. Everybody is above and beyond. I wake up everyday feeling so grateful that this is the experience that I get to have,” she said.
As the musical resident Olds played three shows at the hotel and went on excursions all around Vancouver. She’s even recording some new music thanks to the Fairmont.
“It’s honestly such a dream come true lifestyle. I can’t even put it into any better words,” said Olds.
The young singer will be back on the road once her residency finishes, heading to Toronto for a week to perform at the Someday Junos: Writers Round and then with Charles Cleyn before heading home.
“It’s very busy. I feel like I haven’t had a chance to breathe… I’m just a little all over the place, a bit of a nomad, it’s good I’m living my best life.”
Looking back at the experiences she’s had this summer, Olds said her favourite part has been experiencing these moments with her family.
“The greatest part of all this is I’ve been playing more with my family. So it’s my brother and my dad now and I would say that is the highlight is getting to do all of this with them,” she said.
She is also preparing to travel to Singapore in September for a festival before releasing three new singles in the next year while balancing her performances across Canada.
Keeping tight-lipped on the new songs, she did say it’s a very different sound from her usual indie pop and indie folk, more top 40 chart style pop.
“All I can say is ya’ll better watch out because it will take you by storm. Nobody’s going to expect it.”