Mahalia Wrap Up Interview
Mahalia Wrap Up Interview
It’s been a busy year for 17 year old Mahalia, from performing on Rudimental’s “We the Generation”, to performing with the collective on Jools Holland, Mahalia is set to step into the spotlight. The incredibly humble and talented singer is gearing up for the release of her EP ‘Never Change’, a four-track project, set for release on December 11th. MTV: The Wrap UP, caught up with Mahalia talking Never Change, coming from a musical family and the importance of honesty in music.
You featured on Rudimental’s album as a guest vocalist, I think there’s quite a big movement at the moment in producers bringing in singers – do you feel now you’re ready to take on the spotlight alone?
It’s so strange! For me, when the Rudimental track was coming out, it was still there song – you still get a bit of hype, but it’s still theirs. Whereas now, this is my baby – it’s my EP, my name on the cover. They’re both very, very different feelings. They’re both special in their own ways. But even just seeing my own EP up for pre-order on iTunes, and people messaging me – it’s different, but it’s such a nice feeling.
You’ve got some live performance dates coming up. How are you feeling about doing more live performances now alone too?
It’s scary, but really really fun. Now I’m going to be in a place where people have just come to hear me. Before it was a feature or a support – they heard me just because they were there. But now it’s to hear me. It’s amazing, and so fantastic. So excited for it.
Moving on to your EP ‘Never Change’, what would be the song you had the most fun writing off the EP?
Personally it is ‘Maisie’ which was released a few weeks ago that to me is the most personal. It’s very now for me. It’s how I felt during the last year, leaving home and stuff. I was really nervous to hear that one purely because it was so personal. Even now when I hear it I’m still shocked how personal I was in that song.
On the subject of personal songs, looking at artists like Adele, whose entire career is based off being so personal in her music, yet has a very private personal life. How does that resonate with you as an artist?
It’s refreshing to hear that honesty. As an artist I always try to do that, I want my work to be as real and as honest as possible – so when I hear artists like Adele writing honest songs, it just is refreshing to hear and know that artists still like to be honest!
Moving on to your influences, you started performing at such a young age and by the time you were 14 you had released your debut EP – did your family play a role in shaping your passion for music?
Definitely – both my parents are singers, my mum was a singer in a band in the 80’s and my dad was a session singer. As a kid, I was so interested in seeing my parents gig and making music. I always loved watching them, and it’s only now I’ve realised how much of an influence this had on me. My siblings are in creative fields too – so it’s almost in our blood!
You’ve worked with loads of producers from Supa Dups, 1985 and Steve Fitzmauric, who would be the producers you would like to work with in the future?
Kaytranada! He would be the biggest person. What he does to a track and to vocals is just amazing, he is so incredibly dope. I would love to work with him.
What are your plans for 2016?
For now, you can definitely expect an album next year. For now, I am taking every day as it comes. You know I’m still at college; I finish it next year in May… I shouldn’t complain, I’m in a lucky position, I’m doing my college, making music – I’m so grateful for all the opportunities.
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Interview by Kamilla Baiden