Big bass vibes were mixed with traditional Syrian melodies, emphasizing and embracing Madden’s Syrian heritage.
Madden’s violin sounded terrific with a strong and rich tone quality, while his melodies resonated with heavy reverb onto the dance floor. Madden displayed great energy and enthusiasm as he would control the production of his music on his laptop, and then quickly pick up his violin and play a very endearing melody.
Madden’s performance wasn’t exclusive to his Syrian roots, however. At one point, he included a sample from the song “Ghostwriter” by RJD2 from his 2002 album Deadringer. It was a pleasant surprise to hear the distinctive horns of “Ghostwriter” in Madden’s performance.
Madden’s interaction with the audience was especially enjoyable; it’s wonderful to attend a show and be able enjoy a level of interaction with the performer.
Madden’s violin melodies returned later on in his set. He played complex ascending and descending melodies, and it’s very clear that his technical skills are more than advanced.
Madden’s passion and extensive catalog into classical music and the violin, electronic and bass music, and traditional Syrian music all point to a truly genuine hybrid that kept the crowd energized late into the night.
Better yet, people like Madden have proven that different styles of music are more closely linked than many have previously perceived. If one is trying to determine how the violin might fit in with dubstep and bass music, seeing Govinda live would be a logical place to start.
Photos by Black Byrd Studio