Tell us about your new single Harder?
It’s a song about that person who makes everything just a little easier to deal with during tough times – and, it’s about become a stronger person because of all of those experiences.
How did you get started in the music business?
Technically, I started performing live as a kid, but I started getting paid for it in college. College is when I realized I wanted to be in the music business in a serious way. I sang lead vocals for Jesus, the Crazy, and the Bad Kids, which was ultimately formed by seven musicians, including myself. Altogether, our band was comprised of drums, bass, guitar, keys, vocals, flute, baritone sax, and alto sax.
Who influenced you and why did you choose to make music?
Listening to all kinds of music growing up and throughout my teens influenced me – top 40s to Bengali artists – I devoured it all. Music fueled me. I would sit at my piano at home and improvise pieces, and my mom and sister sometimes would sit and listen while they read or just watched. Creating music always felt natural to me, so I kept at it.
Who has made the biggest impact on your life so far, and why?
That’s a really difficult question to answer. The pessimist in me says myself, because I am my harshest critic. The optimist in me says my parents. They have never been easy on me either, but that’s only pushed me to do the best I can, especially in cultivating a future in music. They got me started with singing and piano lessons since I was 5, and played tons of Bengali music in the car. Without them, I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to develop a passion for music.
Do you have a tour coming up or where we can see you performing?
Currently I’m focusing on releasing songs each month and working with other artists in more musical projects. I’m also working on a live performance project currently.
Where do you see yourself and your career in 5 years from now?
I see myself continuing to do what I love. I’ve been lucky to essentially have worked for myself and in endeavors I genuinely care about in music for the past three years, and I plan on continuing to do so. Also, I’ll be touring as much possible with a band with a horns section. Oh man, I really want a horns section again.
Favorite song? Why?
I don’t have one, to be honest. I feel like I fall in love with different songs and they carry me through certain periods of my life, sometimes recurring when needed. Currently, I’ve been digging Ember Island’s cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella (The White Panda Remix).”
What music Inspires you?
Anything I can connect with. It needs to make me feel something deep and real, and it usually sticks.
What do you think of Social Media?
Depends on the day. It can be fun when it comes to sharing cool content. Often though, I think breaks from social media are needed – real life is much more interesting and intellectually stimulating than staring at your phone all day.
Where we can follow you?
@musicbymalsi on all platforms
Quote: “Don’t judge a story by the chapter you walked in on.”
Current fav song: Ember Island’s cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella (The White Panda Remix)”
My song dropping this Friday: HARDER – Check it out here!
Travel Destination: Barcelona