Music has been a mainstay in Shane Madden’s life.
Growing up, he focused on the violin.
And the love for the instrument never left him.
Madden creates music under the moniker Govinda, and for more than a decade, he has carved out a niche for himself in electronic dance music.
He began studying violin and composition at age 8 and went on to study classical violin at the University of Texas, where he fell in love with electronic music production.
It was in Madden’s pursuit of his Roma roots that he opened his ears to music from around the world. From experiences learning violin with mysterious masters on his journeys across the globe and his passion for modern design and technology, the current sound of Govinda was born.
“Violin is my instrument that sets me apart,” he says in a recent phone interview. “I try to keep that element in my music compositions because it’s a wow factor for the listeners.”
Govinda will perform at Meow Wolf on Friday, Jan. 18. He is touring in support of the latest album, “Transcendence.”
Madden is quick to point out that he has another album ready for release this year.
“I’m always working on music,” he says emphatically. “I’m doing it all on my own these days. I have a small team behind me, but it’s all DIY.”
Madden has performed in New Mexico previously, but this will be his first time at Meow Wolf. “When I heard about this venue, I really felt that this is a perfect place for me to perform,” he says. “It’s captures the feeling I have with the music. I’m exciting about getting to be in the space for the first time. I’m looking forward to see what it inspires.”
Madden says he is a perfectionist when it comes to his music.
It all starts with an idea, and Madden begins to play with the process.
“My process is a little like the way a graphic designer creates,” he says. “I take layers, and I keep adding them. Then I step back and begin to bring the opacity back or find a way to add texture to the sound. … There are times I just have to walk away from what I’m working on and release it; otherwise, it will never see a release.”
Madden finds himself constantly keeping up with the ever-changing technology.
“I’m always improving as a composer and producer,” he says. “I’ll look at online forums to see what the latest in technology is. What I want to capture with my music is something that moves the listener.”