SPOTLIGHT ON MADSIUS OVANDA
Indie R&B/Dream Pop duo Carina Madsius and Pia Ovanda navigate ‘the spaces between’; where words are said or unsaid, giving their unique voice to capture the unexplainable.

Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text MADELEINE ARCHER

In music and in life, Madsius Ovanda share a deep desire for connection and expression. As long-time friends and musical collaborators, the German multi-instrumentalist duo sing from a shared belief in the beauty of vulnerability, honesty, and the complexities of human connection. Introspective and sonorous, duality is a common thread that ties the band and their music together. 

Their recently released EP ‘Moving Forward’ is a dreamy, low-fi-flavoured single with a touch of autotune that achieves a rare finesse and appropriability, carrying a melody that is both classic and experimental in nature. Citing Little Dragon and James Blake as influential contemporaries, Carina Madsius and Pia Ovanda are proof that heart and soul still have a place in the often hyper-commercialised and over-produced world of indie/r&b/pop music.

4SEE put the spotlight on the girls as their latest single ‘Who Are You’.

Band / Artist Name Madsius Ovanda
Genre(s) IndieRnB / Dream Pop
Member(s) and Instrument(s) Carina Madsius: Synthesizer, Keys, Vocals, Songwriting, Producing // Pia Ovanda: Vocals, Gitarre, Keys, Songwriting
Based in  Berlin
Playing together since The two of us have been making music together since 2009 (so this year is our 10 year anniversary). We have been writing songs and making songs together ever since we got to know each other. Madsius Ovanda has been our project for about two years now.
First album released Our first EP “Into The Stars“ was published in May 2018.
Freshest album Our debut album “Talking Underwater” will be published Spring 2020.
Listen to us on Linktree / Spotify

Spotlight on Madsius Ovanda - Pia Ovanda: Vocals, Gitarre, Keys, Songwriting // Carina Madsius: Synthesizer, Keys, Vocals, Songwriting, Producing // 
Spotlight on Madsius Ovanda – Pia Ovanda: Vocals, Gitarre, Keys, Songwriting // Carina Madsius: Synthesizer, Keys, Vocals, Songwriting, Producing //

Describe your band / music / style in three words.
Indie-R‘n‘B – Dream Pop – Freaky

What did you listen to when growing up?
Bach, Prince, Wayne Shorter, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Zawinul, Eric Clapton, Marvin Gaye…

Music icon(s) and the reason why.
Stevie Wonder – He is an incredible legend and his music is simply timeless.
Laura Mvula – Stylistically and musically, she has created her own soundscape.
Nai Palm – Just saw her perform and met her, an incredible musician!
Glenn Gould – Nobody does Bach like him.
Tame Impala – Have been delivering tasteful, good indie music for years.

Spotlight on Madsius Ovanda Carina wears BARTON PERREIRA Solstress / Pia wears EYEVAN Lubin
Spotlight on Madsius Ovanda
Carina wears BARTON PERREIRA Solstress / Pia wears EYEVAN Lubin

Who are you listening to right now?
Laura Mvula, Mansur Brown, Bon Iver, Tame Impala, Prince, Amber Mark, The Japanese House, Khruangbin, Kurt Veil, Tom Misch, Phoebe Bridgers…

What is the craziest / funniest thing that’s happened on tour?
Ohh, we have a lot in store for that. One remarkable moment was definitely a show in 2017. It was a show with the whole band, so all four of us traveled together. Great venue, awesome hotel, great pay, and a very good afterparty. So we thought: Treat yo‘self! And so we treated ourselves to four separate rooms in the hotel.

After our show, we went to the afterparty. Gin Tonic (our traditional band drink), and then we partied until we were the only ones left dominating the dance floor. Sometime in the morning during our trip back to the hotel we all realized how much more fun it would be to have everyone sleep in the same room. So in the middle of the night we started a new project and carried all the mattresses from the other rooms into one of the single rooms.

During all the dragging around, we realized what we were actually doing and just broke down laughing right there in the hotel hallway. One mattress was packed next to the other in this one room and all the other ones were left empty. Theoretically we were instantly asleep anyway, but at least we were together! Haha… #crewlove

Favorite performance venues or music festivals? And why?
Fusion Festival → because we had a goooood time there, on and off the stage.
Milla Club in Munich → it is always nice to have the „home advantage“
Häkken in Hamburg → because we had one of our best afterparties ever #candyman
Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld in Cologne → because we had the pleasure of experiencing and playing
some great shows there.
Knust Hamburg and SO 36→ because we had two of the best audiences ever there as a supporting
act for Akua Naru

Spotlight on Madsius Ovanda - Pia Ovanda: Vocals, Gitarre, Keys, Songwriting // Carina Madsius: Synthesizer, Keys, Vocals, Songwriting, Producing //  Pia wears EMPORIA ARMANI EA2092 // Carina wears LINDBERG Spirit 2386W
Spotlight on Madsius Ovanda – Pia Ovanda: Vocals, Gitarre, Keys, Songwriting // Carina Madsius: Synthesizer, Keys, Vocals, Songwriting, Producing // 
Pia wears EMPORIA ARMANI EA2092 // Carina wears LINDBERG Spirit 2386W

Three words to describe your fans.
loyal, art-lovers and freaks like us

Favorite eyewear brand?
Fielmann‘s zero-cost-plans :DDDDD

What is next for you, an immediately upcoming tour or EP/Album?
We are going to release three more singles in the coming months before our album release in Spring 2020. In April we will go on an album release tour all over Germany.

Spotlight on Madsius Ovanda
Spotlight on Madsius Ovanda

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time, where would you like to see your band / music and at what scale?
In 10 years we will still be tweaking our sound, still producing, researching, writing songs. We want to keep re-discovering ourselves in sound and music. Being just as passionate about music as we are now, playing international festivals, participating in exciting collaborations and shaping the music scene with innovation and creativity … it would be cool to spread LOVE and bring people joy and touch them.

Spotlight on Madsius Ovanda Pia wears LINDBERG 8416 // Carina wears DOLCE & GABANNA DG6125
Spotlight on Madsius Ovanda
Pia wears LINDBERG 8416 // Carina wears DOLCE & GABANNA DG6125