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

I’ve been well, thank you.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “19“?

It’s really not my latest, but it’s the final track to my new album, chem class, that’s dropping this fall. It was the single that, in some ways, motivated me the most to write a full album for 2019. 

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

Yes. I was going through a very intense period of my life where my feelings were being pulled in all directions by someone who kept subconsciously taking me for granted. It also happened to fall around a time when my ex from college and I had reconnected as friends, so I was simultaneously experiencing a love that had evolved into genuine friendship while also being in love with someone who struggled to let me go.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Possibly! We have to get through releasing this album first though. Some of my director friends have pitched some ideas for “19” visuals already, so I’ve definitely been thinking about it.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was lengthy and incredibly cathartic. Every song on the album has been written in the past 2 years, with most of them being written during January-July of this year. I have met many gifted and selfless people who have inspired and helped me in the process of making my music sound the most developed and rich as it ever has. Sometimes, I write a song in a week and it’s completely finished. In a few instances, however, it’s taken me a year to fully develop and complete a song because it needed the time to evolve.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else or rather than working on your own?

When I collaborate with someone, I try to listen first and hear how we fit as a team. It’s really all about chemistry – does this feel natural? Are ideas flowing and do we feel uninhibited? Generally, I don’t have to ask myself these questions because a strong collaboration happens for me through purely good vibes, such as when I dropped my single “Poison.” A lot of chem class has to do with this natural chemistry that forms between people beyond collaboration, like in love, friendship, and family.

What role does LA play in your music?

It’s a place where I can pursue music as more than a hobby because of the opportunities I have received and earned. 

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

Yes! “19,” like I said, has been out for a while, but it’s a core part of the album. The entire album is finished. I’m actually dropping an unreleased single called “Down” next Friday, September 13th (shoutout to my roomies for that recommendation). I’m super excited about it, and the entire project. Here’s the link:

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’m planning for the whole album to be out in October. I’m considering dropping it on my birthday (the 25th), but maybe I’ll be nice and release it sooner. Maybe.

Any plans to hit the road?

That depends on how the release goes, but I do have a live music project in the works currently with some other talented musicians.

What else is happening next in MALSI’s world?

Live shows for sure. I can’t wait to share my music and other wild collaborations in real-time with audiences everywhere we can reach!

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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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