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Who is MAAD? How would you describe yourself in a nutshell?
Why the name MAAD? What’s the story behind it?

I am an artist, songwriter, Dj & model. I’ve pretty much been known as MAAD my entire life. My mom nicknamed me it & has stuck ever since. 

How long have you been playing music?

I’ve been doing music for as long as I can remember, my father is a singer so I was always inspired by him. I come from a musical household, so my fondest memories are of my mother playing artists like Chic, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer and Diana Ross. 

Where are you originally from?

New York

You also model right? How is it? Do you still model while doing music?
What comes first? Modeling or Music?

I do! I think they both go hand and hand.

When I first got into modeling it helped me pay for studio time & now I DJ to play my music at gigs. 

What keeps MAAD going?

The desire to be great, not only for myself and family but for those that want to be on the same career path as myself. I think a big part in what keeps me going are the people that take the time to reach out and tell me how much I’ve inspired them. 

What’s the story behind 90s Love?

For me, the 90s is such a nostalgic era, the love seemed so genuine and I wanted to create a record that felt like that. 

How would you describe your music?

Groovy, Sexy & Playful. 

What inspires you and your music?

I would say I’m inspired by the greats, artist that were and still are true entertainers. I love finding vintage clips of performances from the 70s, it was such a vibe. 


What keeps you busy aside from doing music and modeling?

My schedule really just consists of recording, performances, modeling & DJ gigs, so it keeps me pretty busy all of the time but I also love what I do, so no complaints. 

Any advice you can give to any aspiring artists out there?

To keep pushing and have a vision. If your gut is making you feel like you’re meant for this path then do not take no for an answer, no matter how tough and challenging it may seem sometimes. 

Dream project?

Working with Pharrell and creating a jewelry line

Book that you are currently reading?

They call me Supermensch

If you’re going to have a book what title would it be?

Serve, Don’t Carry  

If you will be given the chance and opportunity to help a specific charity, what would it be and why?

I’m big on the arts, so would love to be part of a charity that creates more programs & opportunities for the students that want to choose this business as a career path. 

Photography IRVIN RIVERA