IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
MALICIOUS MELODYS: Actually my country of birth is Nigeria, just barely though. My mother was going in to labor on the airplane had it not landed early or had she gone to the hospital in Norway I would have not been born a Nigerian. My father uprooted us and brought my family to the US when I was 6 years old. I spent a bit of my child hood in West Philly. It was not the easiest place to grow up in the 90s. I was 12 when we arrived in North Carolina and traveled to Japan for 2 years in my later teens. I found myself in NYC at the age of 17 as I started conservatory at Mannes and later Juilliard where I studied bassoon. I found that classical music was not my passion and soon dropped out of college and started to DJ in and around Manhattan and Brooklyn. I had fallen in love with the late nights, the energy, and the allure of being a well booked DJ in New York City. Years later I find myself in North Carolina again. So which city and state am I from?
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
MALICIOUS MELODY: I studied Jazz, trombone, classical bassoon, cello, violin, and piano and taught myself bass, guitar, synth, and Ableton Live to name a few. I have spent most of my music life becoming a jack of all trades. It’s hard for an independent artist to make a living as a one trick pony especially in an over saturated market. So by learning to play 12 or so different instruments I always give myself a chance to play gigs and put food on the table.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
MALICIOUS MELODY: It has been a dream of mine for a little over a decade. I guess it really heated up for me after a really bad break up. I was with this young lady for almost five years when we broke up on my birthday. I was so sad and depressed during this time, a little suicidal, but mostly just hurting. I remember finding John Mayer’s Continuum in my iTunes. I was teaching myself guitar and learning to sing at the time. The songs were so heartfelt and emotional and the theme of heartbreak and loss really resonated with my soul. Listening to his music and singing his hooks truly healed my broken heart and helped me get over my ex. I realized that music wasn’t just fun and that it is a tool. This tool can mend hearts, save lives, and touch people, regardless of color, race, background or bank account. I want to record my words and my melody and use this gift God has blessed me with to touch lives and change minds the way Continuum did for me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
MALICIOUS MELODY: My songs are so different. I write about love and life. Pretty generic, I know, but it’s not the subject matter that separates
Maliciousmelodys, it’s the delivery. I have found that the best way to give advice is to not really give the advice. So by writing lyrics from a narrative point of view, in an almost cryptic way, I can share my experiences and connect with my listeners without telling them what to do or how to live their lives. I hope that by putting my heart and hard learned lessons under a microscope I can lead a person to examine his or herself in a constructive and positive way. They aren’t all songs with a profound message some of them are just plain fun to dance to. My songs are emotional reflections that reveal the inter-workingof the human heart. Even in the lesser benevolently dynamic songs I feel like people get a sense of who I am and why I love making music so much.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
MALICIOUS MELODY: Oh wow that’s like asking me “What’s your favorite episode of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?” Well let’s start with the King of pop, Michael Jackson. I also love the old Motown like Bill Withers, Muddy Waters, and Stevie Wonder. Jimi Hendrix for how he revolutionized guitar and the jam scene, The Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia for almost the same reasons. I have drawn vocal comparisons to Seal and Darius Rucker and oddly enough had not listened to their music until then. I have grown to appreciate their sound. Others in that “grown on me” category are Maroon 5, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, and No Doubt. Some timeless icons like Daft Punk, Usher, Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Hip-Hop legends like Kanye West, Jay-Z, 2pac, Naz, Big Pun, Eminem, Ludacris, Lil Wayne. Drake and Kendrick Lamar are in that in-between stage. Up and comers like The Weekend and Hozier. There are so many incredible artists that I draw inspiration from. I feel terrible because I know I’m leaving out at least 20 names that should be up here like John Mayer.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
MALICIOUS MELODY: I have been asked that question so much and every time I give a different response. I guess it’s the same as my sound constantly changing and evolving. My friends would always joke and say I never write the same thing once. It’s a sound I am sure most people will hear and say to themselves oh well the drums sound like this but the melody has a different feel and the drop seems to change genres. It’s a subtle mesh of whatever genres I last listened to. I try to keep the lyrics clever and clear while leaving room for interpretation and some punch lines you will only understand the fourth or fifth time listening to the song. I guess if I had to describe my sound in one word? Maliciousmelodys.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
MALICIOUS MELODY: I’m that guy that you recognize from somewhere but you don’t know if it’s my face or my voice. It’s probably my name. There aren’t a lot of people with the name Ogede and that suits me just fine. I am talented and I am fun to be around but that’s not what makes me different. What separates me is my heart, my soul and my drive. It’s always weird when someone asks you to compliment yourself. Honestly what that thing is, whatever it is that makes people draw to me, that make me stand out in a crowd or a photograph, I do not know. Maybe it’s my personality? Get to know me through my music and maybe you can tell me what “it” is.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
MALICIOUS MELODY: When I decided to open a recording studio in Durham. I went into business with some guys who I thought were good people. It turns out that they were opportunists and once they saw my business model and details for how I was going to run each aspect of the building they stole my ideas, cut me out of the partnership and begun to run things on their own. Now I really wanted to take them to court and I might still do that. But I think the bigger revenge would be to be as successful as I can in the music industry without them. I guess that would be my advice to any artist that is wronged, lied to or cheated out of money. You can be vindictive and plot revenge, go through hours in court for years over whatever it is…or you can say “wow this sucks, ok what’s next?” Then you figure out your next move and you step on the gas, go 100mph, and don’t look back. If you are in a bucket with crabs and they keep pulling you down just keep climbing. Eventually your drive and effort can outwork anybody. You just have to be willing to work harder and go harder than anyone else. You know haters are always going to be there but they are haters because they don’t have the drive or vision to be go getters. Eventually they will get tired take a break or go to sleep and that is when I’m climbing out of the bucket and getting to the ocean. It’s never just one thing either, so just because you made it out of the bucket doesn’t mean there aren’t seagulls
waiting to devour you. I just keep my head up and keep making music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
MALICIOUS MELODY: I am really excited about the Maliciousmelodys Vol 1. Mixtape. I am working on it with some very talented very underground artists from Brooklyn and Bull City. We are going to make some very exciting electro Hip-hop, Pop, and Soul fusion’s. It has been a long dream of mine to hear a song that dubstep and Hip-Hop fans will love. Also I have a book that I am writing titled “You Don’t Know You Know Me Till You Know Me”. It’s a story based on events that I have experienced. Some are slightly embellished but they are very real subjects that I think effect a lot of teens and young men and women in this country. There is a new set of clothing and apparel that I am working on with a certain European distributor that would be upset with me if I said anything about it just yet. This is a great year for Maliciousmelodys and I hope that you will be a part of it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MALICIOUS MELODY: In a hot tub with Nicki…just kidding. I am not going to be bashful or humble about this. I want to be recognized for my music. A lot of independent artists say they don’t care about that but they are lying. I hope to receive the highest honor and the more times the better. I mean Grammys. I would love to be in the audience in 10 years clapping or making my way up the stage. I want to bring my music to my homeland of Africa and play a series of shows all over the content. Hopefully that happens. I know that I am destined for great things in this industry, if not today then tomorrow.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
MALICIOUS MELODY: If you want to listen to something unlike anything else I definitely encourage you to find me on sound cloud or iTunes Malicious Melody. I have a single on iTunes the precursor to the Maliciousmelodys mixtape. The song is called “Bittersweet Melody” and it’s as tame as I get so a great introduction to the much untamed sounds you will find on the SoundCloudpage. For booking, if you want me and my crew to come to your hometown, send me a message via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.