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INTERVIEW: Mal London

Hi Mal, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Man thank you for having me. I appreciate you guys showing love man. I’ve been blessed man just working.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bounce”?

Yeah man “bounce.” Is just a fun song honestly. It’s definitely still rooted in my sound and what I’ve been doing but it’s definitely more fun. I wanted to make something that bumps in the whip, something you can vibe to with your girl, or just something I know women specifically would mess with.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yeah. Nothing in this world is more beautiful to me than a strong women that just extrudes that confidence that be making everybody else uncomfortable ya know? This song is pretty much about “that women” who never gives her time of day to anybody that doesn’t deserves it. I’ll say those are the women that I’ve always been attracted to so that’s kind of the inspiration behind it.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes sir! I’m definitely planning on shooting a video for it so make sure you guys keep an eye out for that.

 How was the recording and writing process?

This one really came organically. Once I finished messing around with the beat and gave it that bounce I was looking for, it was pretty much a wrap from there.

I made the beat a couple years ago. Didn’t do much with it at first. Then I stumbled on it while I was cleaning out my iTunes library. Then I reshaped the beat a little bit and started writing/recording it that night. It took me about two days to finish this track.

What role does Seattle play in your music?

I think Seattle has a huge influence. Especially Black Seattle, growing up in the church you’re exposed to so much great music. I’m also very blessed to have parents that ingrained a healthy music foundation in me. I grew up primarily listening to funk, r&b, jazz, blues, soul, and gospel.

Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

Yes sir! The album is dropping on March 30th. At this point, I’m done with project but still providing small tweaks here and there.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Yes sir! The title of the project is “stuck here in isolation.” and it’s primarily based on the way I am, and the way I record/produce my music. I’m very hands on and prefer to record by myself. So creating this project, I really wanted to capture those moments. I want people to be able to vibe with this album on a personal level. It’s dropping on March 30th. Make sure you bold that when you drop this haha.

Any plans to hit the road?

I got some shows around Portland that I’m doing. I really want to do some shows back up in Seattle so I’m getting that all planned out. But as of right now, it’s a lot of local stuff.

What else is happening next in Mal London’s world?

Right now I’m solely focused on getting this project out, shooting all the videos for it, getting ready for these performances. I’m still always creating so I’m already getting ready for the next project with exploring a lot of new sounds. But I’m very thankful & blessed that you guys are giving me a platform to showcase my music. That’s nothing to take lightly for sure. I appreciate you guys. Shout out VENTS Magazine for real!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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