Malachi (pronounced Mal-a-kai) has been on the house scene for 15 years. He’s collaborated with stars including Kathy Brown, Julia Mcknight and Ce Ce Peniston in his career. He’s known for his show stopping and technically amazing DJ sets as well as his original productions and remixes. Ahead of the release of his new single Space Hound on Armada Deep next month we were lucky enough to speak to him.
So Malachi thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us. How did things start for you?
It’s not a problem at all. I started as part of a production duo called Audio Whores back in 1999. We were mainly producing drum and bass, break beats and chill out tracks. My partner Adam was a resident at a club in Manchester. We were a good match. We hooked up and then started producing music. We started DJing in 2002, starting by spinning on vinyl and working our way up to CDs and then MP3s.
So back then who were your biggest influences?
When I first started DJing and producing my biggest influences were the Chemical Brothers, underworld and Orbital. Also, some chill out stuff like LTJ Bukem and Roni Size Reprazent.
But when I got into house music, there was a nightclub called Out in the Sticks in Manchester where I really got into the scene. My early influences then were Brian Tappert, Masters at Work, Joey Negro, Knee Deep - they were the early house pioneers for me.
It was a case of going to clubs and studying DJs then, it’s obviously a lot easier for people starting now
It’s a lot more accessible now, it’s very easy for a kid in their bedroom to pick up some software, throw together a few loops and make a track! I’m not sure that’s good or bad - there are plus points and negative points. There’s a lot more crap out there now, but just think about Disclosure – they’re amazing, they’ve really learnt their trade. They started on basic software and they’ve worked their way up.
So it just takes a bit longer to find great tracks?
In general it’s about sifting through the crap; there are gems out there, you just have to sift. It’s the same with the download sites. It’s quite mad you can have one track and it can blow up for someone.
A good example is a guy called Lee Walker. He has one track now called Freak Like Me – it’s been picked up by Defective Records already. I just noticed that Pete Tong and Annie Mac have started playing it over the weekend and have already declared it as being the song of the summer. He’s just a guy from Middlesbrough and he’s fairly unknown and he’s been blown up by one track. It’s pretty mad.
So you think the House Scene is in great shape?
I think it’s great scene. The UK scene has been quite healthy for the last three or four years also in Holland. Some fresh ideas coming through.
How do you keep innovating?
It’s about keeping it interesting. For the scene in general, I try to stay in the loop, I subscribe to future music and I follow these guys on Facebook called underground music productions. It’s good to see the latest hardware, software, soft synths – it’s about keeping up with what’s fresh and exciting. You can’t use the same tools all the time or else you get stuck for inspiration. On a personal level, I need new technology to keep things fresh. But, It’s always going to go round in circles, the same old classics maybe with some rehashes. But old timers like me have to keep it interesting for themselves!
What’s next for Malachi?
I’m at a crossroads at the moment. My solo production under Malachi is just getting started. I’m pleased with my single that was released on Armada Deep back in October. I’ve got quite a few singles coming out in March, April and May. The next single is called Space Hound and that’s out in March, again on Armada Deep. I’ve got a nice backlog of singles coming out. It’s taken a while to polish them up and finish them.
Any plans for live sets soon?
DJ wise I’m still doing some audio host gigs, but the focus this year is Malachi. I’ve got some dates coming up in March and April at Egg Club in Kings Cross, London.