Malik the Banger Slanger

How did you get started? Tell us your story!

For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in music and instruments. I was born in Tacoma Washington, a small town outside of Seattle but did most of my growing up in Ohio. Growing up, my parents played a lot of gospel and R&B. When I was alone with my dad or with my friends, I'd listen to rap and classic west coast hip hop. I started making music as a hobby at a young age—probably around 8 or 9 years old. I started doing music professionally in 2016. I started taking my craft seriously during my senior year in high school. At that point, I had been playing guitar for a while and attended a performing arts high school in my senior year called Ft. Hays. In that program, I began gigging around the city, playing shows at weddings, concerts, and events. The biggest moment of my career so far is now.

What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?

I have had a lot of industry experience. In the beginning, I gigged as a musician and DJ for several events, I worked in live sound as a stagehand and engineer. I have worked concert/festival production, and I engineered and produced for several artists. Before I went to school to study production, most of what I did was self-taught along with the help of Youtube University. My learning style is to watch people work in person.

What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?

I've engineered for many indie artists and a few major label artists like Gucci mane, B.O.B, Young Scooter, Kodie Shane, Gorilla Zoe, Trinidad James, Young Free Bandz, Karlie Redd, Demun Jones, Kevin Cossom, Akbar V and more. I've produced for Kodie Shane, Rick Ross, Yelawolf, and Alex Harris and collaborated with producers like WLPWR, Matty P, DJ Spinz, Supah Mario, Jules the Wulf and Boobie.

Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?

My biggest influences growing up were Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray, Vaughn, Kanye, Flying Lotus, and Kendrick and Drake. These were my influences because they are pioneers of the sound and culture of their music. I've always been interested in people who push the boundaries or innovate new waves and sound. Now, I basically listen to those same artists, along with Tyler the creator, all of TDE, Anderson Paak, J Cole, Smino, and Mac Miller.

What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?

The biggest obstacle in the industry has been patience and consistency. There have been countless times where I wanted to give up because I wasn't seeing results or things weren't immediately happening. But, even if I were to quit, I would end up doing the same thing right back in the studio.

How would you describe your sound and style?

My sound and style are very diverse. I appreciate all forms and styles of music and I like to combine them and create new sounds.

What are some of your goals this year?

My goals this year are to help get our artists at BNDWTH become signed and continue to get major label placements.

Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?

My top 3 artists I want to work with would be Kendrick, Anderson Paak, and Smino.

What is your creative process like?

My process isn't complex at all. I just open Ableton and do whatever I'm feeling at the moment.

What’s your favorite go-to order?

My favorite go-to order is the "Big Bang Theory" at Budi's Sushi.