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ON A ROLL: Malv used other artists as inspiration when carving his career in the music industry

WITH AN impressionable stamp on the UK music scene, producer Malv is well known for his contribution to the top hit Addison Lee by Not3s.

As he’s now ventured into the industry as an artist, the 22-year-old Zimbabwe-born Hackney talent talks to us about his transition to life behind the microphone...

L&S: What sparked your dynamic taste in music?

M: I became interested in music in my teenage years. I experienced the sounds of country, rock, and soul music, which was everything my parents listened to when I was growing up at home. I liked so many genres aside from typical urban genres.

L&S: Why did the UK music scene appeal to you?

M: It was the lifestyle that made me want to do music. From the cars to the chains to the money, i twas my motivation behind my choice.

L&S: Did your surroundings growing up influence your music?

M: Well, I like making partying songs that are bouncy, and growing up in my area we always had block parties and house parties, which is an aspect that has played an influence. But in terms of the violent side, I don’t really incorporate that into my music because that’s not really what I’m trying to accomplish.
I’m trying to make music that makes everyone feel good.

GOING PLACES: Malv produced the Not3s hit Addison Lee

L&S: What was your inspiration behind the vibrant sounds of Too Much Sauce?

M: It’s one of those songs that wasn’t planned – it came from whatever vibe I was feeling that day in the studio. Too Much Sauce is a bouncy song that makes people feel confident – I want to put people in that emotion when they hear it.

L&S: What are you most looking forward to about your upcoming tours?

M: The one that I’m most excited about is my performance in Zimbabwe. That’s in my home country – where I was born – but I anticipate all my shows.

L&S: What do you think of UK music right now?

M: The UK music scene is at its best right now because we’re getting so much exposure – the young artists, especially, but everyone’s involved in music now. They’re getting a lot of deals. It’s just making sense.

L&S: What would you say to youth trying to break into the industry?

M: The most I can say is keep your mind on what you want to achieve. There may be situations where things may not be running smooth and it may dis- hearten people. But, if you keep your mind straight and surround yourself with people who are there to support you and want to help, there’s nothing that could go wrong.

L&S: Where would you like to be in 10 years’ time?

M:I’d love to still be relevant on the music scene, that’s when I know I would have achieved a lot.

Listen to Malv’s music on Spotify. Catch the star performing at locations this summer: June 5: XOYO, London; July 7: The Sun Show, Harare, Zimbabwe; July 17: iluvlive, London.

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