Triple Threat

Pali High Grad Madi Rindge’s Single “7.13” Debuts April 12

Palisades Charter High School grad Madi Rindge grew up around music.

The triple threat singer, songwriter and producer is debuting her self-produced single “7.13” on Friday, April 12, mastered by Capitol Records.

“I’m super excited for the release,” Rindge told the Palisadian-Post. “Especially as a woman in this industry, where women are only 2% of producers, I’m excited to help that percentage expand.”

“7.13,” a textured but breezy linen-like song about an unexpected call from an ex-boyfriend, is a head-nodding, eye-closing track that shows the sophistication both in Rindge’s production style and her syrupy-smooth vocals.

“That call triggered a flood of memories from our relationship,” Rindge shared. “I knew what we had was good and real, but it just wasn’t right anymore. ‘7.13’ is really my goodbye to him and that relationship.”

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rindge grew up in a Grammy Award-winning household where music and performance were a central focus of her life.

“I started out playing piano very young, maybe 3 years old, then moved on to guitar, and started singing and performing my own writing in middle school,” Rindge said. “I’ve been performing ever since I was a kid.”

Her father, Charlie Bisharat,
a Grammy Award-winning violinist, introduced Rindge to the whirlwind world of tours, studio recording sessions and awards ceremonies.

“I got to see the music biz for what it really is, the good and the bad, and I still pursued a career in it,” Rindge said. “Recently I’ve started producing my own music. I’ve always co-produced and always been in the room while songs are getting produced. I sort of picked it up by watching and did it on my own.”

Rindge graduated from Pali High in 2011 and enrolled at New York University where she studied music business, simultaneously refining her personal song writing.

At NYU, Rindge released several singles, including the hit “Summertime,” a catchy, pulsating pop track that made the air waves in 2015 on radio stations, including Pulse 87 NY and Pulse 96.7 Las Vegas. The song was also picked up for film and TV placements, including an independent film that screened at Sundance and Tribeca.

Rindge’s self-directed music video for “Summertime” was selected on Ellen DeGeneres’ “EllenTube” and is still playing today.

After graduating from NYU, Rindge moved back to LA where she wrote and performed a duet, “California,” which soared to over 500,000 Spotify streams and was featured on Indie Shuffle.

Next, she released “Naked” with Zurich-based artist Gil Glaze, which hit 200,000 Spotify streams in just two weeks and was aired on Sirius XM. In October, she performed for SoundCloud as an “artist to watch,” playing songs from her debut EP, “Just One,” released last April.

Over time, Rindge’s music has metamorphosed from the saccharine sweetness of pop melodies to a more authentic and musically complex style that combines R&B patterns, Motown vocals and jazz chords with just a dollop of pop—the kind of music that floats out from car windows cruising Highway 1 on a road trip.

“When I started, I was very pop, sugary, Katy Perry, bright, happy—which is great, and that was who I was seven years ago,” Rindge said. “Today my stuff is definitely more real. The topics I talk about are a lot more personal. I’m more sure-footed. It’s funny—categorizing music these days is getting increasingly difficult.”

Rindge has range in both her melodies and vocals, from diaphanous, lacy falsettos that mingle with triangles and warped synths to soulful, stormy tenors hovering over driving acoustic arrangements.

“I think simply growing up and learning more about myself has allowed me to become more vulnerable with what I talk about lyrically … I’m much less afraid, which I think is exemplified in ‘7.13’—or I hope is.”

Her songwriting capabilities match her vocal talents, with lyrics that are easy to sing along with and linger in the memory, with lines like: “You used to fill the spaces in my head, all you do is take the space up in my bed,” and “Not gonna miss ya, honey, it ain’t no mystery, honey.”

“For a long time, there was this notion that being as straight as an arrow was the only way you can make it—be very tough and loud and bright and happy and that’s the only way you’ll cut through the noise—but I think that has changed dramatically in the past few years,” Rindge said.

“A lot of the bedroom pop and indie, the make-your-own beats and track-your-own-vocals-in-your-bedroom thing, has finally become popular.”

Rindge also sings several times a week on behalf of Steve Beyer Productions, Inc., at Mastro’s Ocean Club, where she tries out her new material.

“It’s been great to try things out that way,” she said. “Every single day I’m either writing or producing or tracking vocals or working on a set list or something like that.”

Rindge is also planning to stagger a release of several singles this year, explaining she is currently working on the “finishing touches.”

“Recording music in studios can be extremely expensive unless you’re signed to a major label,” Rindge shared. “Luckily it’s changed in the direction that even labels have lost a bit of power because the goal isn’t to get signed to a major label these days. With all the things that are available to us through the internet, social media platforms—if you have the drive and motivation and stamina and persistence and if you stick it out, you can make a life out of it.”

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