Malkovich Music x FatKidOnFire - Interview #90

Malkovich Music x FatKidOnFire

Interview #90

It’s been quite a good week for content here at FatKidOnFire. There’s been three new MakeItGood x FKOF features (hit up the Soundcloud and Mixcloud accounts for those!) and coverage of what promises to be a pretty mental weekend.

If all goes well, there’ll be a pretty awesome recap coming up. Oh, and there’s a couple more MIG x FKOF features and a free download or two on their way. Stay locked…

It seems the focus of non-MIG x FKOF features has shifted from the traditional independent fashion and has shifted more towards hip-hop artists, bands and producers and general musicians. #89 saw LA’s T.iM.E talk things through and I’m stoked to continue the support for the city of Angels’ hip-hop talent tonight.

Malkovich Music first caught my eye with his track ‘Palms‘ – and when I learned he’s originally from England (via Italy, Libya, the Pacific and many other exotic locations). I thoroughly enjoyed reading his bio on the footer of his website; it’s a fascinating story! When he got in touch asking if FKOF could help spread his music I jumped at the opportunity. So here goes, Malkovich Music x FatKidOnFire…

Who is Malkovich Music? Malkovich Music is a vaguely known rapper in his early thirties. He is most minorly semi-famous for his ‘Iran So Far Away’ video remake of the Flock Of Seagulls classic, his exhibit of pre-revolution Iran photos ‘Before The Chador‘, and ‘To B. Or Not To B.‘ and ‘Eventually‘; two songs from his debut album ‘Skeletons‘ – which is about a girl he fell in love with in three weeks flat and spent six months crying over after she got pregnant by her ex-boyfriend and ran off.

Who or what influences you in your work? Things that happen to me, things I think about. My work is very selfish. I try to write in a relatable way, but beyond that you’re screwed.

What got you into producing music and writing rhymes? One of my first friends when I moved to L.A. (from Devon) was a producer named ABCDEFG; a little guy with a ponytail who did karate and breakdancing, lived with his dad in a fancy high-rise and played instruments and made beats. He was like a little musical marsupial. He got me started. We just got back from Hawaii where we recorded an album of me impersonating the leader of North Korea.

Your latest single ‘What I Know‘ was produced by Namibian producer BecomingPhill, the video was shot in the desert and features LA’s Sum on one of the verses. Tell us a bit more about it! The video’s director Ivan Ives is extremely tall. His assistant on the shoot was on his tiptoes trying to keep the umbrella shading his head during the shoot. Then he passed out. I ran into Ivan in Target the other day. I was looking upwards the whole conversation. He’s taller than the sporting goods department.

What does or will make your music stand out and distinguish itself from the rest of the hip-hop being dropped these days? My music smells. Like Dolce & Gabbana cologne and burnt steak.

How does the UK music scene compare to what’s going on in the U.S.? Can British artists compete on an international stage? Not yet, apparently. The accent is a problem. Luckily for me, I wanted to fit in so badly when I moved to LA from England that I wilfully obliterated my original accent over the course of about ten minutes after landing. When my father’s around it involuntarily returns, otherwise I still talk like a wankster 20 years later. Regardless, UK music’s doing interesting things. You don’t need us.

What’s your take on the global hip-hop scene at the moment? Who do you rate as artists/ producers? Send beats to me. No Dilla or Pete Rock ripoffs. No dubstep [boo!]. Nothing that sounds like something else.

Anyone reading this who knows Necro, Roc Marciano or Lex Luger, tell them I wanna make an album with them and I have no money.

Where do you see you and your music being in 5 years time? That’s a question I don’t think is healthy for me to contemplate at this time.

Where can people expect to catch your music? Are there any upcoming releases we can look forward to? Hit the website for everything. Got four albums recorded, so if I fall off nobody will know until 2014.

If you could say something to your fans, what would it be? Likewise to your haters? You’ll miss me when I’m gone.

Top 5 favourite brands – and why?

  1. GOOGLE: They have a car that drives itself.
  2. BLACKBERRY: If your phone doesn’t have buttons, you type and spell like a four year old. And if you don’t have a Blackberry, your phone doesn’t have buttons.
  3. HEVERLY BILLS: this amazing new t-shirt line from L.A.
  4. THE ECONOMIST: makes me feel smart. They should branch into potato chips.
  5. LOONEY TUNES/MERRIE MELODIES: Donald Duck was my childhood role model and I trust everything they touch.

So there you have it. Malkovich may have upped sticks and moved to America, but I’m pretty sure he’s not lost any of his British charm! Hopefully the embedded media will have convinced you to give Malkovich a look-in. Grab some/ all of the awesome downloads from his BandCamp and hit him up on Facebook and Twitter if you’re enjoying his hard work. I am!

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