We had the good fortune of connecting with Scot Madison Quiggle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scot Madison, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Little kid me dreamt about becoming a professional golfer (I have the second grade writings to prove it). But my heart was in music, so I traded in my golf clubs for songwriting, picked up my guitar one day and said, “Mom, Dad, look! I wrote a new song,” and I got myself a new dream. I can’t imagine life any other way than the crazy risky adventure of a career as an artist/songwriter/band leader. Even with music as this uncontainable force in my life, I’ve found myself trying to resist pursuing it as a career… but I can’t pull myself away from the sense that this is what I was made to do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
If you’ve ever played Telestrations with me, you’d know my true gift as an artist is drawing confusingly abstract dogs and cats accompanied by handwriting that keeps you guessing. But aside from that, I write music as Indie Alternative Jazz Folk Pop Rock artist A Girl Named Scot. Last year I collaborated with EDM artist Laroshi and we released a song called “These Games.” And this year I got the band together, played a few live shows, released a single called, “Never Felt so Fine,” and now we are heading into the studio to record new music! I’m also very excited to be working as a Collaborator for Juice Box Press, writing songs for a Little Theology Song Series that teaches little kids about our Great Big God and His Great Big Love for us. As an artist I often compare myself to those I admire, and sometimes I feel the presence of this gaping abyss between where I am and where I think I should be. But as I work alongside creative, encouraging, hardworking people, I see how beautiful it is to accept who I am, wherever I am, and just embrace the journey. In this season I’m learning humility is the way forward, and it’s a terrifying and incredible position to be in, but I see how it is opening up my heart to love others in bigger ways. What do I want the the world to know about me? I love to sing. I love seeing the beauty in others and drawing that beauty out in them. I love writing redemptive refrains into my melancholy songs because I believe that even in a world full of heartache and suffering there is a beautiful Hope to hold onto — an Everlasting Love — and the world needs to know Good wins in the end. So in everything I do as an artist I hope to make known this beautiful Truth and to tell a Story so much bigger than my own.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Oooh fun. My cousin flew out on a whim from Michigan a few months ago and I took it as an opportunity to show off some of my favorite places around town! First we trekked off to the Desert Botanical Gardens to see cactuses (in real life), and then made our way back to central Phoenix and stopped in for amazing tacos at Two Hippies Beach House, followed by some afternoon coffee at Lux, and swing dancing in the evening at the Duce. With some more time I would take a friend to relax at Union Coffee, or go brag on the people at Provision Coffee, and maybe try to be as cool as the people at Stinkweeds. I’d definitely spend some time eating scones and learning about sushi with AZ Chef Mallory Soule. Currently missing all places and events in uptown/downtown Phoenix like the Phoenix Art Museum, the Phoenix Symphony, bruschetta from People’s Pizza Pub, and local shows and open mics at the Rebel Lounge. And, of course, one can’t go wrong with early morning hikes and maybe some trail running at Thunderbird Conservation Park to work off those tacos eaten earlier in the week…
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
In this Shoutout series, I would love to recognize my parents and their sacrifice in believing in me as an artist and for calling me up into who God has made me to be. My bandmates, too, jumped into this craziness that is A Girl Named Scot and their humility and creativity inspires me and makes me feel like I’m living the dream. Also everyone who has ever come to my live shows or seen me perform my songs deserves a shoutout – extra shoutout points if they laughed at my semi-funny (mostly inside) jokes (about my own songs) and awkward song setups and transitions… But it really is the community of people surrounding me that make my story what it is. Lastly, this shoutout belongs to all the local Phoenix businesses, venues, and people who love and support live music, giving those up-and-coming artists like me a chance.
Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4tBOOLz3QnETauMKkptFav?si=EuM8JAW2SYGWfUa1HLAS7Q https://www.reverbnation.com/aGirlNamedScot
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