As soon as we pressed play on ‘Kind Of Love’, the latest single from New Zealand dynamo Maala, we immediately wanted to get to know him more.
Because ‘Kind Of Love’ is the kind of track that we want to hear more of. And mercifully, in our latest Get To Know feature, the talented singer songwriter tells us that there’s plenty more just around the corner.
01. Name : MAALA.
02. Where are you based? Auckland, New Zealand.
03. How did you get your start in music? The beginnings of my music is a terrible cliché. I started on the piano as a young kid and loved it too much to give it up. I started writing my own tracks at 14; it’s kind of slowly been put together from there.
04. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I started out doing the more traditional acoustic singer-songwriter thing but felt restricted by the process. Developing the sound in to what is now more electronic based pop allowed me to sonically explore different ideas. It excited me more.
05. Who have been your musical influences? Kanye West always comes in at the top of the list – forever and always. Of late I’ve loved listening to Miguel, Carly Rae Jepsen – it’s a bit all over the place.
06. What are your favourite songs of all time? There’s always a place in my heart for Led Zeppelin’s ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’.
07. What was the first album you bought? Oh no… the first record was Evanescence – ‘Fallen’. It’s probably lying around somewhere still.
08. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I meditate – twice a day. That’s fun right?
09. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? I couldn’t pinpoint it but it’d have to be something creative.
10. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? A good friend told me, “Keep it simple, feel the vibe”. There’s something comically stupid but genuine in that.
11. Tell us about your latest release. I’ve put out a new single called ‘Kind Of Love'(above). It’s the first release off my debut record which is super close to being finished.
12. What do your future plans involve? At the moment it’s finishing this record. I’m playing the support slot for Flume’s NZ shows next month and then hopefully setting up a couple shows at home and abroad.
13. Where can our audience catch you live? I’m playing Sydney’s Brighton Up Bar on June 21! Looking forward to it.