In conversation with Melati Malay.
Melati Malay is one half of band Young Magic, based out of Brooklyn New York. We speak with Melati about empowerment, her artistic process and the innate spirituality held in their dreamy melodies.
INTERVIEW BY MANIAMANIA
Photography Benedict Brink, Styling Ana Ifould
What is your quest?
The simultaneous expansion of spirit, both inwards and outwards.
When do you feel most powerful?
Where do you get your magic?
At what point did you realize you wanted to pursue what you’re doing right now. What was that process like?
In high school they handed out personality tests to help guide students into several respectable but awfully dry career options, each one of those options repelled me, I remember feeling claustrophobic and cautious about the future presented to me. It was then I realized that I was only interested in the things that would encourage the growth of my soul and shove me in to the abyss of mystery.
Your music has an innate spirituality and power, both in the lyrics and soundscapes, and even the visuals that accompany your work. Can you talk a little about your inspirations and what personally drives this?
Inspiration has shape shifted over the years and I’m sure it will continue to do so but at the moment I’ve been interested in the burning of effigies, the implications of unified field theory, the purpose of dreams and our evolutionary responsibility for the planet... to name a few! Lately, its also been fuelled by the desire to share and quietly infiltrate the world with an opposing force of harmony and love in a time of social and political turmoil. And because the universe is continuously oscillating and vibrating, working with sound is a pretty direct way for me to connect and perhaps, in some way communicate with the collective mind.
What informs your on stage persona, how do you prepare to give a performance, what powers do you draw on? Do you feel it as an almost out of body experience?
It doesn’t feel like an out of body experience, it’s kind of the opposite. When I’m on stage, I feel the most connected to my body, in a state of hyper awareness. The only thing I can really draw upon is the uniqueness and depth of my experience. I try to make sure to feed myself with that initial feeling or inspiration which birthed the song and hold onto it throughout the set. Then of course there is the technical side of preparation... vocal warm ups, star jumps, some steam inhaler, a group hug and a shot of tequila, in that order.
What is your latest obsession?
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s new album EARS
What is the most important lesson you have learned?
That I know nothing.
What makes you laugh?
All my weird friends.
When do you feel most your true self?
What is one rule you live by?
If you could time travel which time would you go to?
1000 years from now…I’m so curious to know if humans would still exist and if so, in what way?