Malv is a Hackney native, by way of Zimbabwe, best known for his production on Not3’s chart topping song ‘Addison Lee’. He’s now releasing his own single, ‘Too Much Sauce’, so we caught up with him to find out more.
Chilling and vibing can end up being the birth of a hit
First up, tell us bit about yourself - what first got you into music?
From a young age I was always listening to music, but it wasn’t until my early teens that I really got into music. I always liked various things about music, but what really caught my attention was the production side of music. It made me want to start making my own beats and I got some music software and that was the start of everything.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from to form your musical and thematic style?
The main artists I take inspiration from are Tory Lanez, Kanye West, T-Pain and Akon.
How would you describe your style?
I won’t say I have a particular style at the moment only because I can do a lot, so I don’t want to put myself into a box.
You’re a Hackney native by way of Zimbabwe, how has that influenced your music?
I feel my style of music blends Hackney and African culture together, whether it’s the beats I make, or the lyrics, or flows I use in my music.
You’re perhaps best known for your production on Not3’s chart topping song ‘Addison Lee’. How did that collaboration come about?
Well me and Not3s frequently came across each other at JOAT studios and on one occasion me, him and T Mulla were vibing to some beats in the studio, then I played a beat and Not3s and T Mulla started freestyling to the beat and the chorus of ‘Addison Lee’ was created.
What did you learn from that experience?
I learned that chilling and vibing can end up being the birth of a hit.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
I would say Tory Lanez, he’s too sick.
You’re now making music, what led to the transition?
I had a lot of music I had written and recorded and I just knew in due time I’ll be ready to release it, so now was the time I felt was right to let it out.
Tell us about your debut single ‘Too Much Sauce’. What’s it about?
The single is about just having fun, being confident and having an in your face attitude about anything you do.
How does ‘Too Much Sauce’ introduce you as an artist?
I feel it just lets people see my attitude as an artist and the vibe of the music that will come from me in future.
What’s the response been so far?
The response has been great, a lot of people love the track and many people are waiting to see what else is being released by me.
What are your hopes for ‘Too Much Sauce’?
I just hope more and more people get to hear the song and love it and that it gets everywhere.
What else is coming up in 2018?
I have the ‘Too Much Sauce’ grime mix coming soon, and I have two other singles dropping before the end of the year.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I would probably say “make a song called ‘Too Much Sauce’”.
Watch the video for ‘Too Much Sauce’ on YouTube below. For news and tour dates go to Malv’s Facebook page.