It's time to let a little secret out of the bag.
Joel Shanahan, also known as Golden Donna, has kept a low profile in the aftermath of the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people last December. The eclectic Madison musician wanted the media focus to be on the victims. Golden Donna was the headliner that evening and while Joel managed to survive the fire, fellow 100% Silk labelmates Cherushii and Nackt did not make it out of the building.
It took a month or two for the news to sink in.
The neat thing about Bandcamp is you can uncover hidden gems in raw form before critics, fans or other musicians have a chance to judge or influence the material. We first heard local bands PHOX and Dolores through this platform. At some point with the debut of Madcamp! we anticipated finding more total unknowns with something to offer. Well, wouldn't you know, we stumbled upon singer-songwriter Liv Prager literally three days after she uploaded what amounts to an EP called Diagnosed Dysfunction.
Eighteen-year-old Madison hip-hop artist Trapo may not have many places to play in town for exposure, but that doesn't stop the national music media from taking notice.