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Interview With Producer Malex


 

 

 

 

 

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Malex
What’s good Marv?

Marv
All is well man. Busy day.

Malex
Same here bro. Alot going on.  Thank God for work!

Marv
Amen. Let’s get into it, for those how may not be familiar with you, can please tell the readers who you and what you do?

Malex
Ok, my name is Maurice Alexander.  In the music world I’m known as “MALEX”.  I am a producer, engineer, and artist out of Dallas, Texas.

Marv
How long have and how did you get into producing?

Malex
I have been producing for a little over 19 years… only doing it professionally in the last few years. I always had a passion for hip hop and in the early years I couldn’t find a producer that could make the type of beats I wanted to spit to. So, I went out and bought a little drum machine and the rest is history!

Marv
Wow!!! What type of drum machine was it?

Malex
Boss Dr-5… I had no idea what to buy and the salesman at the music store talked it up pretty big! I might have been suckered. haha

Marv
Yeah lol. I started on a Yamaha Ry20 and thought I was balling until found out about the MPC lol.

Malex
Oh man! I remember the Yamaha Ry20! That was another good drum machine for it’s time.

Marv
Who have you worked with?

Malex
Oh man…  I have worked with, or been a part of projects for Common, Sarah Jaffe, S1 aka Symbolyc One, Eminem, Raekwon, Sivion, Yaves Ellis, Spike TV, Ryann Darling, Lil Keke, Petey Pablo, Dee-1, Gladys Knight, and many more that I can’t really name right now because I’ll let the cat outta the bag too soon.  lol

Marv
Wow that’s a major list bro. Married? Kids?

Malex
Yes, I just celebrated my 20 year anniversary with my wife on April 27th.  We have two kids, a 14 year old girl and a 9 year old boy. They are my heart.

Marv
Amen bro. I’ve been following you for a minute and I seen you were at Flavor Fest last year and connected with a long time friend DillonChase. How did you guys meet?

Malex
Yeah man, that was my first year at Flavor Fest and I definitely want to go back this year.  Shouts to Pastor Tommy and Crossover church for putting on for the Lord! Connecting with DillonChase was pretty amazing. It was like 6 degrees of separation! So basically, my crew HTZ used to participate in a weekly emcee battle here in Dallas, TX.  At the time, one of the regulars that battled went by the name Dime Chase. I would see him at the events and say “what’s up?” but we really didn’t know each other outside of the battles. Fast-forward to a church plant that I was a part of where I was running sound and Ryann Darling was one of the worship singers. We worked in the studio often and she became like a little sister to me. She moved to Colorado and met Amasiah of City Lights. Fast forward again. God told me that I needed to go to Flavor Fest.  I had no money to get there and it was only a couple of weeks away. Cody Miles offered me a ticket that he couldn’t use, and finances for travel seemed to appear from nowhere. God provided a way for me to go basically. I tell Ryann that I’m going to Flavor Fest and she said Amasiah would be there too.  So Amasiah and I planned to fellowship and build while we were there. During lunch, we sit at a table with members of the Die Daily camp and Amasiah begins to introduce me.  Turns out, I was sitting face to face with Dillon and didn’t realize who he was, but I definitely felt like I knew this guy from somewhere. Keep in mind that the battles were probably 12+ years prior so I think we both remembered each other’s face, but couldn’t place the names. lol After we fellowshipped for a bit, it finally clicked and we realized the significance of us both connecting at that point in time, after Dillon had given his life to the Lord and I had made a decision to take my music profession and ministry to the next level. It was definitely a God thing. Hopefully we can get a MALEX and Dillon Chase collab soon! haha

Marv
Wow amazing story bruh. Gotta tough question, Seeing that you’ve worked with alot of industry artists, you don’t have a problem working with seculars artists. With that being said, how is it working with the artist, have you had the opportunity to chop it up with them about the Gospel? Do you ever feel it’s sending a mix signal to the believers that may look up mainly the young people?

Malex
That seems to be a topic that a lot of Christians get hung up on.  Personally I don’t have a problem with working with secular artists.  Not at all. As a believer, you have to understand that you may be that person’s only encounter with Jesus.  If you keep yourself from working with or associating yourself with non-believers, how will you ever get a chance to witness to them?  Also, Jesus didn’t lock himself in the church and only deal with those who followed Him.  He went out into the world and showed them love and compassion.  We are all sinners and their sins aren’t any greater than mine. I’ve been in ministry a long time and I can tell you that we all do the same dirt, believers and non-believers. I know my sins are forgiven, and my job is to share the saving faith in Jesus to those who don’t know. Music is my favorite way to do that.

Marv
I feel you on that, but is it necessary to collab when you and artist are on 2 different page. I Totally get going out and not locking yourself away from unbelievers but we both know music is powerful and affects our very being.

Malex
Is it necessary? I think that depends on who you are and what path God has you on in life. I believe that working on music together is a great way to get to know someone if you have the opportunity to be in the same studio at the same time.  It opens a doorway to communication that could possibly lead to conversation where one, or both parties learn something new. That could be industry knowledge, talking about the playoffs, cracking jokes, sharing the gospel, or even taking the time to learn more about their beliefs.  Genuinely caring about other people comes first, and if you take the time to know them, then maybe they would trust you enough to allow you to share the Gospel with them. That is also powerful. In my experience, every time I have tried to share the Gospel without getting to know the person first, backfired. So, I start with love and compassion, and let God provide opportunities.

Marv
I agree that it depends on what God called you to. Now what is frustrating to me, is when some cats might say its just a job. I have some fellow producers friends that looks at it only as a job. Good stuff bro. How did you and S1 meet?

Malex
I think I’ve known S1 for a little over 12 years now.  I don’t remember exactly how we met, but our respective rap groups had opened up for Slum Village I think… and he would also bring clients to my studio The Liquid Lab, from 2000 to 2003. I continue to engineer for him to this day.  I also designed a couple of websites for him. Recently, I designed and built his studio “The Dream Lab” in his home.  He’s family above all that.

Marv
Dope!!! I remember when he used to drop those beattapes. Wheew!!!

Malex
He is also a brother who is deep in the faith.

Marv
What is your process when making a track?

Malex
It really depends on my mood.  I intentionally force myself out of a process and let the tracks build organically. Sometimes it starts with a simple drum track, sometimes I will hum a melody… there’s never really a rhyme or reason.  Once I have a foundation, I usually reach out to my team to see how I can make it better.  I have been blessed to be surrounded by some incredibly talented people and it would be a waste if I didn’t involve them in some way.

Marv
Ohh ok didn’t know you had a team as well. How many on the team?

Malex
It’s not an official team where we have a name and all that… but my go-to writers are Ryann Darling, Kiplin Evans, Lady, and Anthony Valor.  My composer is Brandt Tilley, and my bass player is Nigel Rivers.  They are all amazing and God is doing incredible things with the projects we are working on now.

Marv
Bet! So you are working on an album yourself. When does it drop?

Malex
Yes I am working on a… um.. let’s say project, not album.  It is highly conceptual and experimental so it will not be released as a single album. I am looking at a Fall 2015 release. The project currently contains production from myself, S1, VohnBeatz, ReezyTunez, Freddie Bruno, DreamChild, Justen Williams, DJ Sean P, and PicnicTyme.  Features include vocals by Yaves Ellis, Taelor Gray, Sivion, Caleb Sean, Lady, Ryann Darling, Anthony Valor, Kiplin Evans, and a few more surprise guests.  It’s coming along really well so far.

Marv
Ok cool can’t wait. What advice would you give to an aspiring producer that’s starting out?

Malex
I would just say stick to what you know, and hone your craft.  Practice, practice, practice! Collaborate with as many other producers, musicians, and artists as possible and strive to be great!  I have not achieved my definition of success (yet), but I am on my way because of all of those things. Above all, keep God first in everything you do, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Marv
Amen any last words for the readers?

Malex
Yeah… I have big plans for this year, and I would love to keep you informed and connect with you.  Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, and Facebook @therealmalex, and reach out if you would like to collab or fellowship. Also, check out the new website at www.themalex.com.

Marv
Sweet fam. Thank you for getting up with me dude. I pray the best of success for you.

Malex
Thanks for inviting me bro!  I wish you the very best God has to offer.  Peace fam.

Marv
Thank you bro.

 


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