While it wasn’t immediately clear to me when I first heard Malaki’s music that he was part of a de facto duo, he’s keen to highlight their undivided support for each other as their careers start to bloom.
“We have very high hopes for each other, we are never going to underestimate ourselves”, he says confidently.
On a cursory glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking Malaki set aside an acting role in ‘This Is England’ to pursue a career in music. His stern glare and tight skin head coupled with a sleeveless vest that he’s rarely seen without suggests a hard exterior. But a listen through any of his early catalog highlights his willingness to balance dark explorations of mental health with otherworldly escapism.
“Of course I think it’s good to find a balance between the two, but I usually say what’s on my mind and I really don’t hold back.”
“Showing the vulnerability is something I’ve always taken pride in, but you also don’t want to only show what’s wrong and fucked up in the situation. You want to be able to give someone escapism through music and somewhat of a support.” he says, with the kind of conviction that suggests he’s felt that very same escape from music.
“We know we are destined to get better and to get bigger so that’s why we work continuously and try out new things. Matthew’s production is getting incredibly good. I’m learning new things and how to write better and use different flows.”