Musical Knots w/ Malsi
Malsi is a singer, songwriter and producer who ties up Jazz, R&B and Soul music to fuse her modern day sound. Let’s find out more about her dreams, her music and her message.
SB (Starbeat): Quick Beginnings: How did you get your start in music?
M (MALSI): I was raised in Boston and always surrounded by music, from middle school select choir to a capella groups, all of which I took part in. I also took piano and traditional Bengali voice lessons from the age of five, and started performing around the same time. This was a great precursor for singing jazz and R&B. At home, I loved making music and writing lyrics, which I started in my teens.
SB: Leanings: Who are your influences?
M: I love the jazz and blues greats, like Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, and Otis Redding, as well as contemporary artists like Amy Winehouse, Janelle Monáe, and Florence and The Machine. As a producer, I channel artists like Elohim and Little Dragon.
SB: The Dream: What’s your ideal performance? Where is it? Who else is on the bill with you, and what’s the crowd like?
M: I dream of playing in a stadium or big outdoor stage at a major music festival like Austin City Limits. The crowd is dancing, singing along, and having fun. I’d love to one day headline with SZA, Lorde, and Solange.
SB: Unexpected:What’s an experience that you never anticipated having as a musician?
M: Once, I saw a performance that opened for us that featured a tiny child in mariachi garb playing bass guitar that was easily twice his size. He was adorable! I also didn’t expect to meet fans who took the time to come out and see me perform at one of my first gigs in LA.
That was so humbling and motivating.
SB: Messaging: What message do you want to send through your music?
M: I want my music to speak to everyone, especially women and girls. I want to encourage our society to reverse the stereotypes and social norms we place on both genders. Our world won’t stop labeling people, but I feel empowered to break through the discrimination and seek out the individual.
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