Mallrat – Our Culture – Yalla Match

Grace Shaw started composing music as Mallrat in her bedroom in Brisbane, Australia, and uploaded tracks online when she was 16 in 2015 before releasing her debut music album, uninvited, the following year. Showcases a unique brand of serious hip-hop-covered indie pop of 2018 in the air The EP saw her take on more production duties and she appeared on the single “Grocery” ride musicCharlie climbed to no. 3 in Triple j’s 2019’s hottest 100. After trying different styles and touring with the likes of Maggie Rogers, Post Malone and King Princess, Mallrat channeled her growing ambition and versatility into her debut. And blue butterflyFriday over the network. The LPs were created in collaboration with, among others, Stylaz Fuego, Jam City, Alice Ivy, Japanese Wallpaper and Tommy English, while only Azealia Banks made gas on his fourth single, Surprise Me. Bringing her pop vision to life with equal amounts of vulnerability and confidence is an extensive, multifaceted document for an artist whose voice continues to evolve and never loses sight of that initial spark.

We caught up with Mallrat on this issue of the Artist Spotlight interview series to talk about her musical ambitions, debut album, Butterflies, and more.


How do you feel about the response to singles so far?

It was really good. I think people were surprised by all the singles, which is a good thing because I like to surprise people. All the songs are very different from each other, and I still feel like no one has a clear impression of what the album is like. I find it exciting.

You definitely kept the most surprising for last. What was your reaction when you first heard Azealia Banks’ verse about “Surprise Me”?

Yes, my jaw was on the floor and I could not believe it. But it was a good kind of disbelief. I could not stop listening to it and could not stop smiling.

You said that the first album you bought with your own money was her first, Broken with an expensive key. Do you feel nostalgic about the time in your life when you first got into music?

This is an interesting question. I still feel like I think about music and my love for music is the same. But I think if you listen to the music you loved when you were younger, it always brings back a sense of nostalgia.

I was also tortured OC The soundtrack as an early effect and her playlist bring the different mixes together. There’s an amazing mix of styles out there, and I wonder if it inspired you to come up with variety in your own music collections, as if it could be made by a bunch of different artists.

Yes, I definitely think so. I love that you went to listen to the soundtrack – is not it just as good? I am definitely inspired by many things. I love in that soundtrack how many songs have attached such strong feelings to them, and they are all completely different. And I definitely draw especially from a lot of those independent rocks out there, like Dandy Warhols and Gorillaz, and also from the softer, harder stuff.

If you could go back and give yourself advice before you started composing music, and also before you started working on your first album, do you think this would be a similar type of advice?

This is a difficult question to answer because I feel that the approach I took when I started and the way I took it when I made the album was very good. I feel like I was pretty busy when I was younger, so I think there would not be much advice, it would be, if I could insert a little slide that was a little younger than me, and say how to use Ableton , this is how you put your voice – it would be things like that. But I think the position of baby Grace has always been ambitious.

I think ambition is definitely present in your previous job, but do you feel that confidence in yourself was something that took time to grow?

Yes, but it’s funny to notice in myself. It’s like, even when I felt insecure about other things or hesitating in other areas of my life, I always felt confident with music, and I always really felt myself, even when I had no reason to. It always feels like something that comes so naturally. It’s very intuitive for me.

You’re someone who tries different things acoustically, and EP is a format that allows for that experience without necessarily being coherent. When it comes to thinking about your first album, did you find that you had to change your approach, or was it difficult to use that more space?

It was a small challenge to turn my head. The album really did not make sense for a long time until she wrote the first song, “Wish on an Eyelash” and the last one, “Butterfly Blue”. When I had these two songs, then I understood what an album would look like. Because when I wrote it, I knew it was going to be the first song and the last song. But everything else about it, I wandered around in the dark quite a bit and wrote songs just until I made something I like. Yes, it was a bit of a challenge, but it was kind of confident in the process and had the privilege of devoting my time to it.

Did you go to “Wish on an Eyelash” knowing you wanted him to open the album, or was it something that came naturally?

The original version of the song contains the phrase “I’ve been longing to tell you …”, but it felt like when I first made it. The original show was really high energy. It was the verse, and then I came into this great musical choir, but I could never figure out how to write the chorus for it. And I tried many times because I liked that verse, but it did not click. So it cost me thinking about looking at the song differently and not trying to make a three minute song with verses, choruses and bridge, and accepting that that might not be what the song is about do not go. When I changed my focus, it became clear that it could be a short song, and that short song could be a song.

What made you want to cover Mazzy Star’s Fade Into You as an extra track?

This is just a song in the playlist I wish I had written. We played it a little lively, so it’s just something I enjoy singing and feeling out of my voice, even if it’s not something I wrote. The day I recorded “I’m Not My Body, It’s Mine” was the producer and I was still spending a lot of time in the evening and we wanted to keep making music. We both talked about how much we liked this song, and we recorded it for 15 minutes just for fun. I just put it in my computer for centuries and thought I would like to do something with it, and that’s how it ended up on the album.

One of my favorite songs is “Heart Guitar”, a song that expands and grows in its own way. I wanted to ask you about the pitches in the song. Was it hard to just get it right so it fit in with the atmosphere?

Thank you, I really appreciate you liking this song. It’s also one of my favorites. So, the process of composing that song, it was the one that started in my living room playing the guitar, just playing one note. Then I took it to my computer and turned that note into a very acoustic guitar. And then I had a lot of fun having fun trying the contrast between the sweet dreamy voices and the rough vocals, the production around it, and adding those choruses at the end of the sections. And then I took him to the studio with my friend Japanese Wallpaper and we recorded the chorus again, and he helped me fix some vocals. That’s when all the sounds came in the second verse. It was a very gradual process, but it was really fun.

What do you like about applying sound effects to your voice, and also to a song like “I’m not my body, it’s mine”? Do you feel more insistent compared to when you started, in terms of how you use it and what comes out of your voice?

When I wrote my first EP, I did not understand what you can do with your voice to make it sound special. Not that the sounds are not really special, but all the ways you can improve and play with them, and it took a lot of trying and error to figure out. And now it’s probably one of my favorite parts of the process, because I’ll see how you can turn your voice into an instrument with different pitches. And how AutoTune is like the best thing in the world, how you can use it in a natural way or how you can use it to turn your voice into this crazy alien sounding thing. I think the song ‘I’m Not My Body, It’s Mine’ is a very clear contrast between the organic harmonies style and the noisy guitar, and then it is transferred to most Kanye, like the ‘Runaway’ outro. [laughs] I think the sound is really cool and they have the technology to turn your voice into whatever you want, it’s just fun. It’s a lot of different things, but at the end of the day it’s just fun, and being able to play with it is fun.

I feel this genre has to do with one of the album’s main icons, the butterfly, and this idea of ​​transformation.

Yes, it’s a very interesting comparison to draw. It was certainly not intentional, but I think it’s true. And I think tools like AutoTune make you feel fearless, and you can do whatever you want. It unlocks many different melodies and writing techniques when there is no limit to what you can actually use your voice for.

Can you talk about a time when you realized you were specifically fascinated by bugs and butterflies?

Yes, from a young age I loved animals and it was always a nice place to be for the little animals. Whenever we went to the pool, I spent all my time walking around and finding all the beetles and ants in the water, taking them out and putting them in dry land. When I was in school and people were playing football, I sat at the ant hill to make sure the football did not hit the ant mountain. Just such things. I will never let anyone kill spiders or anything else, I will always say, “No, take it outside.” I do not know when it started, I think it’s just part of me.

And I think I’m particularly fascinated by butterflies because of how much hope the idea of ​​metamorphosis brings me. It’s really crazy for a caterpillar to live its life like a caterpillar, and then one day something goes into its body, “Today is the day that you will build a cocoon for yourself and go to sleep forever. You wrap yourself in this thing and you do not know what will happen next, but just believe me, this is what you were supposed to do. ” Then he wrapped himself up and went to sleep. Her body uses digestive enzymes to melt itself into a sticky substance, and it melts completely, and then basically, like stem cell technology inside a caterpillar, transforms her into this truly different being with wings that look nothing like before. And then he comes out of his cocoon, and although he has been completely taken apart and rebuilt, he still has a few memories of his life as a caterpillar. I can not believe this is real life. [laughs] I am amazed at this process. It brings a lot of hope to find such things in nature. I find it really comfortable.

Looking back at the album industry, what do you think you are most proud to perform?

I think I’m just very proud of the songs as a whole. I think there are some very special things that I did not intentionally plan to make things look the way they do, and I’m so glad the process made them shape the way they did. I think I’m very proud of myself for the songs, but I do not really know how it came about. [laughs] Sometimes I say, “How did you think of that? That’s crazy. “


This interview has been edited and summarized for clarity and length.

Malrat blue butterfly From 13 May over the network.

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