Madchild plays Vernon’s Status Nightclub Sept. 1. (Submitted)

Madchild brings demons of drug abuse to Okanagan

Swollen Members rapper takes Status stage

One of the first musicians to openly talk about the growing prescription drug epidemic is laying his demons out on the stage in Vernon.

Swollen Members’ Madchild plays Status Nightclub on Sept. 1.

The multi-Juno Award-winning rapper from Vancouver chronicles his battle with prescription drug addiction in his new album Demons.

“I pulled through once again,” Madchild said in an interview with The Morning Star. “For a second time, here we go again.”

The cold realities of drug abuse are revealed in his album, released under his successful label, Battle Axe Records.

“We’re all struggling in one way, shape or form but we’ve got to figure out the best way to battle it. Demons never really leave. All you can do is fight back.”

For Madchild hitting the gym, trying new things and music are how he fights his demons.

“I do like 200 shows a year,” he said.

“That keeps me young. I just can’t find anything that makes me happier.”

While he may be 43 on paper, he doesn’t feel his age and he credits music for that.

“Ya, I’m older but I’m killing it still. I’m not even close to being done,” he said, noting that there are a lot of other rappers who are 10 years older than him and still going strong.

“To be able to still do it and have relevancy and be able to tour and do what I love is a blessing for sure.”

And he is stoked to return to the Okanagan.

“I used to live in Kelowna (many moons ago) so I’m very familiar with Vernon.”

Madchild is currently touring Canada with Las Vegas rapper Dizzy Wright.

Vernon’s show includes special guest, Robbie G, and opening performances Alfy’O, Non The Non, King Jamez, DJ Lopez and Profound.

For tickets to the show visit https://bit.ly/30cjLrO or purchase in person at the Downtown Internet Lounge, 2912 30th Ave.

READ MORE: Vernon grandma featured in hip hop video

READ MORE: Vernon hip hop artist NØX drops new single


@VernonNews
jennifer@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Health minister announces new urgent care centre in Kelowna

Adrian Dix made the annoucment Thursday at the Capri Centre

Provincial Mobile Medical Unit makes an appearance in Kelowna

The high tech hospital on wheels provides medical care for rural communities and during emergencies

Special Olympics fundraiser comes to downtown Kelowna

motionball Marathon of Sport kicks-off in City Park Saturday

Private sector development will create housing affordability: Wilkinson

B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkenson spoke in Kelowna during a real estate conference

Rockets top defenceman returns from NHL camp ahead of home-opener

Kaedan Korczak was re-assigned by the Vegas Golden Knights Wednesday

VIDEO: Trudeau asks Canada to look to current, not past, actions on race

Liberal leader says he never spoke about the racist photo because he was embarrassed

Legislature gifts, clothing, travel need better control, B.C. auditor says

Audit follows suspensions of managers by Speaker Darryl Plecas

‘Really disturbing:’ Trudeau’s racist photos worry B.C. First Nation chief

Wet’suwet’en Chief concerned the photos will sow fear in Indigenous communities

‘Unacceptable’: What politicians have to say about Trudeau in blackface

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi: ‘When I saw that picture last night, certainly it was a sucker-punch’

‘He’s trying to kill me’: Victoria police commandeer boats to reach screaming woman

No charges laid and civilians to be awarded honours after incident on Gorge Waterway

Provincial Mobile Medical Unit makes an appearance in Kelowna

The high tech hospital on wheels provides medical care for rural communities and during emergencies

VIDEO: Tempers flare during Sagmoen’s police interview

Defence lawyer says statements made by accused Curtis Sagmoen should be deemed inadmissible

Cross-Canada cyclist riding for sobriety makes next B.C. stop

BMX biker Mat Fee stopped during the final leg of his charity bike ride in Sicamous

John Horgan promises action after fatal mid-Island bus crash

Premier cites students, local Indigneous community as reason to repair the road

Most Read