Malia J. is a Singer/Songwriter currently recording her anticipated debut E.P. Her sound is often described as haunting, beautiful, soulful, and intense. She’s been applauded for creating an entirely new sound that Hollywood couldn’t resist. Her intimate and pure vocals are often paired with dark imagery. This alluring mixture has captured the hearts of many, since being a part of countless worldwide campaigns for TV and Film.
1. For the people who might not know you, who are you and what do you do?
My name is Malia J. I’m a singer and a songwriter. I’m known for my music featured on various tv and film campaigns.
2. What made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in singing?
I grew up always attracted to music. Something about it makes me feel free. I started playing classical music, the oboe to be exact. I also volunteered singing and playing oboe at my local church (which I still do and enjoy to this day). I was invited to be a backup singer/oboist for the artist Paul Wilbur when I was 15. My parents surprisingly let me homeschool and I toured the world for a few years. There was one night on tour the main female singer was sick and I was asked to fill in. After that show, I knew it was my calling and I think everyone one else in the audience felt it too.
3. What are some projects that you worked on?
My top 3 favorites:
#1. Handmaid’s Tale
4. What was your reaction when you found out you got nominated for The Clio Awards for your song in “The Handmaid’s Tale”?
I was excited! I got out of a yoga class, going about my day as usual, and checked my phone to a couple of congratulation texts. It was such cool news.
5. What makes your music unique?
The contrast between the tone of my voice and the dark moody music. My sound is basically a battle between dark and light 🙂
6. What’s your favorite piece of music and why?
That’s a hard one. It’s a tie between Weird Fishes-Arpeggi by Radiohead and Transatlanticism by Death Cab For Cutie.
7. Which famous musicians have you learned from?
- Joseph Robinson- Principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic. He taught me everything he could about the oboe and showed me the world of a professional musician.
- Tommy Lee- I was asked to write the national anthem of the Fijian island of Vatulele (I know, random). Tommy Lee happened to be visiting while I was there. There were maybe 10 people total on the island, so we naturally became friends. I would play him my music in the mornings while we ate breakfast. He told me to keep writing and don’t give up. He has this sense of awe and gratefulness every single second of the day. It taught me to stay present and have as much fun as you possibly can!
8. What did you learn about the industry that you can share with aspiring singers?
Find a mentor, someone who can guide and inspire you. My mentor is Charlie Midnight. He has been instrumental in discovering who I am as an artist and my songwriting style. I don’t know where I would be without him.
9. What is your favorite part of this line of work?
Getting to know my amazing fans. I have a couple fans that have even turned into close friends. Music brings us together. Pursuing a career in music can sometimes get lonely. The support and love I’ve received are one of the most incredible things I’ve experienced.
10. What do you hope to achieve in the future?
I desire to play more live shows. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio for my EP and it’s finally going to be released soon.
11. How would you describe the music that you typically create?
My music isn’t the normal pop vibe… it’s deeper, soulful, haunting, intense and made for the misfits of this world.
12. What are some causes that are dear to your heart and hope to bring awareness to?
I have many causes I am passionate about but lately, it’s been children’s music education. Music programs are being cut daily all over the country. I would never have chosen music as a career if it weren’t for the free music programs I had access to. it’s extremely important for the next generation to experience the magic of music (no matter the cost).
Thank you so much to Malia for agreeing to the interview. You can check her and her work out on: