2yrs diploma in Music + 3yrs degree in Vocal Performance in London, UK. Experience with harmony + theory, song-writing, singing in ensemble, rhythm, reading + writing, on-stage performance and recording.
Professional 26 year old musician who’s been proactively writing music and performing live from the age of 13.
I have 5 years of high-level music education including a Bachelor of Music in London where I was coached by David Combes, Paul Stanborough, Vic Bynoe and other top-industry professionals.
Since my move to Canada🇨🇦 I have gained experience from 120+ gigs either solo, in my originals project "Cat Madden" or as part of an ensemble or band; in restaurants to theatres to festivals to corporate gigs.
I can read and write notated scores, tab and charts. I have written for vocal ensemble, choir and string quartet.
I have extensive knowledge of recording my own music and working as a session vocalist for other artists. I am experienced regarding general studio practice, mic technique and studio terminology.
I can confidently sing in most genres and styles.
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Interview with Cat Madden
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My ongoing originals project "Cat Madden". I worked/work my ass off. Song-writer, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, band manager, promoter, booking agent, graphic designer, sole fundraiser etc.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Marcus Ramsay, Philip Laessoe
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It doesn't feel like a job. Ever!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Singers are divas. haha
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What can I do for you? Can I offer you my opinion? Are you happy with this? Do you have any questions?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'm professional, friendly and offer a high quality product.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Steinway (White obvs). The world's best solar energy power kit, probs Tesla or something? My Les Paul; Posh Dave. My Taylor; Hawaiian Dave. My Blues Jnr. and I do not need...a microphone... because my voice... is powerffuuuull.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Typical start as a 13 yr old singer-songwriter playing local open mics. Years of stage fright. Music Education. Moved across the world to Canada. Now I perform regularly and am breaking through to the bigger festivals and Vancouver venues, such as Squamish Constellation Festival and Guilt&Co, with my originals project. I've been performing live and writing music for 14 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I call my band "Jazz-Grunge". I can be smooth, elegant and mysterious. Complicated, hard-hitting and powerful. But I always feel the music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any Jazz or big-band ensemble/orchestra... but if I had to pick one > Snarky Puppy - I could really push my voice to it's full potential! However, I would love to work with a plethora of different artists because I love singing in different styles and acting out different personas on stage. Being in a sexy funk band can be just as fun as moshing out to rock music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Jazz-rock-soul-country-motown or a fusion of these styles.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ability to perform genuinely and passionately without losing my technical ability.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Everything I have to give, Passion, Honesty, Tension and Release. Sometimes nothing if that's what the song needs.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Who, Dave Grohl, Jack White, Bonnie Raitt, Tedeschi Trucks Band
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Backing Vocals, Live Performance, Writing