Malachiae Warren is a singer/songwriter from Atlanta Georgia. He initially gained a following through Youtube by posting comedic videos before he was discovered by producer Jasper Cameron. In 2015 Malachiae signed to Motown after his first EP, “The Rideout”. A second version of the EP was released through the label including the hit, “Thank Yo Momma” featuring Migos.
(Motown – Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie)
Last week I had the pleasure of getting on the phone with the budding R&B artist and ask a few questions of how the past year has been. The transcript can be found below:
Growing up in Atlanta, what was the music scene like there? How hard was it to break in?
Music scene is crazy… Pros and cons doing music in Atlanta. Cons are that there is a lot of competition and you have to find a niche to stand out from the norm. Pros is everyone is in the entertainment field.
Are your friends a part of the scene as well?
Actual friends not in music, but I have a lot of associates that do music stuff.
What do you do with friends on free time?
Home boy had a birthday so we got a hotel and invited girls. Typically I go to the movies, I like go-karting, stuff like that.
When did you initially realize that you could sing well?
When the girls started going crazy… I used to do comedy videos. I sang a little bit and the next day I checked the comments and all the girls were going crazy. A couple months later my school had a talent show and I joined that. I wanted to do what the girls wanted me to do.
What’s your writing process? Where do you find inspiration?
How I’m feeling at the moment… Life experiences with friends, family, anything. Whatever is on my mind.
Do you ever help out in the production process of your music?
I do behind the scenes work too. Learned how to mix in my room. I’m self-motivated. Once I started taking music seriously I wanted to learn how to record. You can always depend on people to do things for you and sometimes you have to do it for yourself.
How did Jasper Cameron initially approach you?
We met at a video shoot years ago in 10th grade. A girl wanted me to play the lead guy in a music video. She’s signed to RCA. She told Jasper and a couple other people I sing. He got my number from her the next day and he sent me a beat and wanted to see what I could do with it.
How was it working with the music group Migos?
It was a dope experience. Just another way to support young, up-and-coming artists. My manager put the play together. And I finally got to meet them when they came in to the video shoot.
How does it feel being signed to Motown? What was your initial reaction?
I know there was a lot of greats that went through Motown. A little bit of pressure because I have to live up to that. Feels great to know I’m signed to a label with so many great influences. I was signed the day after graduation.
How are you dealing with the rapid rise to fame?
People notice me when I’m out and about. To know that my music is being received and people will support me proves that dreams do come true. If you have a dream go for it, don’t care what anyone else thinks.
Do you have any other artistic interests?
Before music I was doing acting, I know how to play some instruments, drums, piano. It just happens that music took off before. On a more personal level I like to do regular stuff.
Do you see yourself pursuing an acting career?
I just got my first acting role a few weeks ago. It’s a big role and I’m shooting in the next couple weeks.
Do you have anything in the works that we should look out for?
I’m going to create good music. Inspire the youth and young generation. More videos, keep grinding, put a face to name. Go on tour.
By Felicia Bernardo