Maddi Gruber (Madd) is a musician from Chico, California. She writes, produces, arranges and performs all her own music as the lead guitarist and lead singer. She is 19 years old and relocated to L.A. by herself in 2017 to pursue her music, drawing inspiration from the rawest corners of blues, punk and rock from bands such as The White Stripes, The Clash and Prince.
Madd has been writing music since she was 7 years old, playing guitar since she was 12 and grew up surrounded by the DIY hardcore scene. She taught herself how to sing from vocal inspirations Little Richard and Etta James. Her music has been described as ‘Rock ‘n Roll in the 21st century’ using unconventional sounds and powerful energy. She is now working with drummer Justin Almazan touring and making music together.
Madd is currently independent and has released all her music herself while gaining a following all over the world.
The early years
Madd’s parents recognized her affinity for music when she was only 3 months old. Colic as an infant, Madd would cry all day long. Her mom did not know what to do. When her dad came home from work one night, happy to see his first born, he took the crying little girl from her mother and held her while playing classic rock on the stereo. She stopped crying. In between songs or if a not so good song came on, she would cry again. Music was her cure.
Always taking an interest in musical toys first, her parents thought the 3 year old should have a piano in the home. The first night she was pecking at the keys when her mom verbally suggested she teach herself a simple five note melody. It gave her mom and dad chills when at 3 years old, she nailed it at the first try.
Madd went on to play the flute in the 3rd and 4th grades school band. She picked up the acoustic guitar in the 5th grade but it was on her 11th birthday that she got her first electric guitar. She played it non stop for eight straight hours. That’s when it really began.
In jr. high Madd was teased for choosing the dictionary as her book of choice for reading time. Her study of the dictionary led to her compulsive writing of notes in journals.
In her freshman year of high school she started writing songs from the compiled stacks of journals with song lyrics ideas and cord progressions. She released her first album, Q.E.D. in the first semester of her senor year.