2016 has been a great year for music. A variety of artists have broken through the figurative glass ceiling and used their talent to contribute to pop culture. However, the music scene today is a dynamic expanse that continues to be a constant source of discussion about what is to be considered "good music". Whether you prefer Kodak Black and Lil Yatchy or Chance The Rapper and Kanye West, one thing that can't be denied is the talent of artists who can still play instruments, as well as produce/compose music. One such collective of artists has been developing a following right here in Massachusetts (and New England as a whole) by staying true to themselves and supplying their listeners with real music. That collective of singers, rappers, instrumentalists, composers and producers is known as Malado Music.
Hailing from Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT respectively, all the members of Malado Music got their start where many artists do; the whole band grew up singing or playing instruments in church. In addition to honing their skills every Sunday, they drew influence from music industry vets like The Roots, Mint Condition, Earth, Wind, & Fire, 1500 or Nothin, Adam Blackstone and so many more dope R&B and Hip Hop artists. Fast forward to today, they have come together and are a force to be reckoned with. Just recently, they headlined the 100th annual Big E fair, which happens to be the largest state fair on the Eastern seaboard. Before that, they were one of the top three finalists in VH1's Make A Band Famous competition. The group considers those moments as their biggest and most successful thus far, but those moments definitely won't be their last!
It is important to remember that Malado Music is more that just a band; they are also a group that creates and releases original music. They described their process of writing music as such: "Sometimes it's a collaboration between a few of us at a time, allowing the rest of us to build off the idea. Other times, one person may submit a new idea and collectively we make it come to life." When asked to compare themselves to an already established group, the men of Malado Music chose The Roots because both groups have their own signature sound. They also compared themselves to 1500 or Nothin because both groups are composed of multifaceted musicians. In the future, they hope to collaborate with artists such as Joyner Lucas, Sevyn Streeter, Tank, Kehlani and Dave East.
To keep up with all things Malado Music, to book the group, or if you're an artist seeking to enhance your performances with the use of a live band, follow and contact them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also check out some of their performances on YouTube, as well as listen to some original tracks below!