Inside the Track w/ Malachi
Malachi is the latest pseudonym of top house music producer Graham Lord, also known as one half of the Audiowhores. With a career spanning 15 years and releases on Defected, Noir and Toolroom already under his belt, the latest Malachi project promises a new direction but the same standard of quality.
To celebrate the release of the hypnotically melodic new track ‘Dream of the Life’, we decided to get an in-depth look into his new project, as we go Inside The Track with Malachi.
1. Congratulations on your new release ‘Dream Of The Life’. How is it being received in your sets? & How are other club DJs responding to it?
Thanks guys. It’s still early days yet and the label have kept things pretty tight, so no other DJ has had the track until it was released. I have managed to road test the track a couple of times in Switzerland and it went down a right treat for sure!
2. Tell us more about ‘Dream Of The Life’. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction?
One of the main things I set out to do when starting ‘Malachi’ was just to produce music that feels natural to me. I didn’t want the music making process to feel like a burden and that I had to produce a specific style to suit certain labels. The main inspiration behind the track ‘Dream Of The Life’ was the chord sequence. It’s been a while since I started a track from the chords alone but everything seemed to gel together nicely around them.
3. Production wise, what is it about the track that makes it work?
Recently I’ve been drawing a lot of inspiration from the likes of Bonobo, Quantic and Nitemares On Wax, so for this particular track it felt quite natural for me to add lots of cinematic organic elements. I spent quite a lot of time crafting sounds that would work alongside the original chord sequence but at the same time keeping things current and electronic. The bass is 3 different synths layered up in 3 different octaves (Sub Boom Bass, NI Massive and an M1 organ). I used some of Logics RetroSynth for some ARP’s and fills. For the organic elements I used a Black Grand Piano Mk2, for the strings I used the EWQL Collssus and also a new synth called REV by Output, which is great for reverse synth sounds which are the subtle elements in this track.
4. What is the one machine, program or technique that characterises your sound?
There isn’t anything in particular that characterises my sound. I suppose I get bored easily producing with the same tools/techniques and sounds, I prefer to keep myself on my toes and change things about regularly. With my ‘Malachi’ productions I’m producing Deep House one minute, then Tech House to Nu Disco the next. One thing that has stuck with me for many years though is using Logic Pro and the way I’ve arranged my tracks but in saying that though I’m now using Ableton re-wired into Logic and trying other arrangements out too!
5. What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
At the moment I would have to say my DSI Prophet 08. As well as being my main midi controller I’ve been using it quite a lot in my productions for pads/brass and bass sounds. I’m contemplating getting the Prophet 12 at some point in the future, quite pricey though unfortunately.
6. Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
Well it certainly is fast paced… stay true to yourself and your ideas/sound. Keep digging away and network! Like anything in life if you want something bad enough with hard work and determination you’ll get there in the end.