Hey how have you been?
Very blessed and busy! I’ve been taking this year one day at a time; making the most of everything, so I’m well. Thank you for asking.
You have a big record right now(Take You Away). How is it going for you?
Man.. I couldn’t be more thrilled with everyone’s response to this record. It’s humbling when your hard work pays off and I can’t tell you how hard we worked to record “Take You Away” last summer and then the video earlier this year. So many talented people came together and gave their best so it’s a victory for everyone it’s doing so well now.
What has been the biggest reaction so far(Take You Away). ?
Well, everyday, whether I have a new single out or not, my fans are constantly giving me support and saying some of the kindest things I have heard in my entire life. But the biggest reaction was from a close business friend of mine who said he’s never heard me” sing like this before”. That really hit home.
How was it working on the music video?
Working on the video was a dream come true in a lot of ways because it was such a big production and it took place in NYC, which is huge.
There were dance rehearsals, fittings and tons of planning. The day of the shoot there were like over 20 people on the set including this incredible makeup artist named Mela & her team, the Kustom Fitted dance crew, a clothing designer, one of my closest friends and peers, Trent Crews, John Cotton’s salon provided cuts for the guys, I had an interview with a blogger in the hallway and then I got pulled back in by the director… it was nuts! I definitely felt like a star that day.
Who were some of your influences?
Ahhh! how long do you have?! Couple days, weeks?! (haha)
Growing up, I feel like my father made it a priority to expose me to many greats of the past like:
The Eurythmics, Madonna, Lionel Richie, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Chaka Khan, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sade, Phil Collins, Jefferson Starship, Styx, The Eagles, Aerosmith, U2, Cyndi Lauper, Bill Withers, Donnie Hathaway, Eric Clapton, Queen, the list goes on.
I’m influenced by artists who were the face of the 90s like Boys II Men, TLC, Usher, A Tribe Called Quest, D’Angelo, rock acts like Green Day and Incubus. Later on, pop stars like Britney, N*Sync, Beyonce and everyone’s main influence, Michael Jackson; “Dangerous” practically raised me (lol). I love country superstars like Faith, Shania, Rascall Flats and Lady Antellbellum. I’ll listen to Enya or Imogen Heap some days (lol). I listen to it all! Everyone is a story teller in their own way. That’s what moves me; the stories.
You are also more than a singer you are a song writer and producer. Do you ever write something and say this song isn’t for me and would be better for someone else?
Every now and again, sure. Most of the time, I know before I sit down if it’s for someone else because 9 times out of 10, I’m creating music for me, even if I never release it. All of the music I make is a part of me in some way so it’s difficult to let go of it unless it was for someone else to begin with.
What can we expect in the next few months?
A few surprises! I’m definitely turning up the heat in a couple of records; I wanna get people movin’. You can also expect to see more of me doing what I do best: perform.
What will be the name of your new album and when can we expect it to drop?
“Night Before Dawn” is set to land sometime early to mid Fall.
Where can the people get more from Malik?