Rising artist from San Jose CA Mahlleh, was influenced by the skate culture and music for her individual artistry. What’s unique about Mahlleh is that she has a background in punk music but also crosses over between rock, metal, hip hop and R&B. What that tells us is that she’s more than a triple threat and can’t be put into one category or box. She released her single "Dysfunktional" which is an open-minded, thought-provoking and consciously fulfilling creation where Mahlleh discusses the dysfunction in not only a young person’s mind but their life. She has a very unique, soulful voice that was presented in the singing of her hooks. The backtrack has easy-tempered and insouciant vibes to it which is really perfect for the mood displayed, especially in the visuals. She incorporates a lot of her edgy, skate-culture components in the music video which was really cool to see. I feel like it’s harder for female rap to be taken equally as serious as male rappers which is unfortunate because there’s always talent on both ends! Mahlleh really has a sick flow and unique lyricism that can take her extremely far with hard-work and patience. There aren't any other artists like her in the industry right now so she will always stand apart from the crowd. Dysfunktional is a perfect example on why talent like her shouldn’t go unnoticed when the work they put out is more than exceptional.
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Get to know Mahlleh with our exclusive #BuzzMusic Interview.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers? Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
I am Mahlleh. I'm from San Jose California shout out to the East! I been playing instruments since a kid, but I really came up as a musician when I was a punk drummer for The Ferments back in '12-'14. After our first tour, we broke up and I went solo and made it onto bay area DJ Rick Lee's "Show Me What You Got" Talent show in '16. I created Fortify Studio 408 in the same year and engineered, featured and collaborated with bay area bands and artists. I relocated to New Orleans again in '17. Started working and performing with Street Legends Brass Band and made my featured debut video with Bostonboy Geo for our "From Time" Remix. Helped create Goddess House (Nola) collective which got me performing and working with artist all over New Orleans since.
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
Well I didn't come up with it my big sis Lita did when I was two years old. I chose a phonetic spelling of Malè. It's a play on the word 'Mal' which means 'bad' in Spanish. I found out later in life Malè means "one who climbs to the top" or something like that in Hebrew; so i was told. In Hebrew if you break my name down by numbers i means like a whole bunch of stuff like ambitious, caring, determined, and creative. My Artist name means a lot to me because every time I say it I always remember my family and why I got work and stay focused.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
Yes, I write all my own rhymes, lyrics,melodies, & arrangements. I create and co-create all of my music and productions. Occasionally, when I'm in the studio with a trusted engineer/producer, like Kev, I'll collab on harmonies, melodies and singing arrangements for my lyrics. Lyrically, my writing is always a form of poetry at first; never really intended for songs. Usually its a way for me to vent. Sometimes, If I'm writing over a beat that I didn't write, ill record a freestyle, make sense of the words and my cadence and build a concept behind it. A lot of my lyrics contain messages from lectures that I grew up following as personal scripture. Here and there, I might remix one of my favorite songs to pay homage to the Artists legacy and influence to my life and to also give my listeners something familiar to enjoy with me.
We’re really into your new song! Can you tell us a bit about it? Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
"Dysfunktional" was written and arranged by me. The production was a collab with San Jose producer The Keviano aka the Killiano. It was the first completed collab we did. I came to a casual studio sesh at Kev's. Gave him the stems to my original version of the beat. He took my keys and the vibe and re-created and re-produced an amazing 2nd version of it. Then, We experimented with mixing and sound design for like another few months till we felt happy enough with it. I wrote the verses as a poem a year before. I was with somebody who was in denial about a drug habit and toxic lifestyle. It triggered lots of trauma from my childhood and the poem made me take a different view of my purpose in life. It wasn't till I hit the studio when I added the hook. Me and my sister Sina were being silly, singing it for days before the sesh. I thought it was hilarious when I tracked it, but it fit and everyone liked it.
What’s next for you?
Me and Keviano collaborated on a full 7 track Ep called "Puzzle Peace". No set release date just yet, but I'm shooting for the end of the year. I'll be posting more info on it closer to the date so stay tuned on my social media, I'll be giving out exclusive leaks for it along the way.
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