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Art, New Music and The Malah’s Move to the Midwest

Art, New Music and The Malah’s Move to the Midwest

Matt Diss • January 29, 2016 • Art • 

Since 2003 The Malah has made its mark on the live-electronic music scene. Now, with the band’s recent relocation to Denver, this funky electro-jam trio is continuing to share their success as they provide audiences with earthy riffs and seemingly native electronic rhythms in the Mile-High City.

ALOC met up with bassist Elliott Vaughn to talk about their move to the mountains, get the scoop on their newest EP, Trias Part 1, and learn more about this unique group spreading their creative vibes the from coast to coast.

Elliott Vaughn

Elliott Vaughn, Brandon Maynard
Photo by Matt Diss

Q&A

ALOC: The relocation to Colorado is a huge change from your hometown in South Carolina. What were some factors that sparked the move out to the Midwest?

Elliott Vaughn: In 2010 we started touring nationally with several stops in Colorado. It was the one place that we felt like we never wanted to leave. Colorado is unique for many reasons, but for us we really saw it as a great opportunity to immerse ourselves in a community that promotes creativity and shows great support for the arts. We relocated in 2011 and have enjoyed calling Colorado our home ever since. As a touring band, we’ve continued to play coast to coast and spend a lot of time in the Southeast, so we still have a strong connection there. It’s really great the way this music scene keeps people connected all across the country.

The Malah at The Lazy Dog in Boulder, CO

The Malah at The Lazy Dog in Boulder, CO
Photo by Matt Diss

To date, The Malah has released four studio albums, the newest being Trias Part 1, a three-track EP. How would you describe your newest album and what can we expect from Part 2?

EV: The Trias EP series was created as an outlet for our more electronic dance-oriented compositions, including some remixes from the band and related projects. As you can hear on Part 1, these songs focus on deep grooves and funky riffs. It’s a fun project for us to take some of the ideas we work on in our personal studios and bring them to life with the full band. Part 2 will follow on the same path.

We also have plans to record a full-length concept album this year. A return to our roots that will breathe new life into our extensive back catalog of compositions. Exciting stuff.

We have a new release coming very soon from our Live from Earth compilation series. This is a best of compilation featuring live recordings collected along the road and has featured many guest artists including Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), Mike Rempel (Lotus) and Blake Mobley (Tiger Party). We are bringing it back with a new 2015 edition dropping January 13. This edition features some epic summer festival moments as well as some amazing guest appearances from Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers), Carl Cox (Vine Street Vibes), and Taylor Frederick (Yamn). As always our live recordings are name your price at our Bandcamp page.

Brandon Maynard

Brandon Maynard
Photo by Matt Diss

The current tour heads from Cervantes Otherside in Denver (1/30), to Vail Ale House (2/12), and then up to Shmiggitys in Steamboat Springs (2/13). Are we expecting more dates coming up soon?

EV: We’ve been showing Colorado love for the winter and working on music projects. Festival season kicks off in early spring, and we are excited to announce more dates soon.

All artists of any form create a platform from which their art can be shared. What message are you trying to convey with your craft? Can you describe the intention behind your music and the energy you create?

EV: As an instrumental band we’ve always kind of let the music speak for itself. Music is a universal language that we can use to communicate in ways that words cannot. Although, if you listen close we like to use some vocal samples here and there to give a hint at the theme for a song, our intent has always been to create a positive musical experience for our listeners and for ourselves.

Seth Fankhauser

Seth Fankhauser
Photo by Matt Diss

ALOC is a company focused on accentuating progressive lifestyles and exposing those furthering the foundation of the arts. As musicians that create a substantial amount of social/cultural influence, why do you feel that art is important to our contemporary cultures and societies?

EV: Personally, I feel that art and the creative process is absolutely essential. Humanity has a deep need to express ourselves and we will go to great lengths to do so. We have been creating art in many different forms for thousands of years, and if you look at the creative process in humanity as a whole, it really shapes everything in our culture from technology to cuisine.

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