Solas Nua is excited to introduce Malojian to our Eist blog! Malojian is an Indie folk musician from Northern Ireland. He’s a rising star, who was recently featured in Q Magazine, Hot Press, AU Magazine, BBC among many other publications for his art of songwriting and dreamily intense lyrics. BBC’s Across The Line stated that ‘it’s only a matter of time before the collective conscience stumbles upon ‘that tune’’ or rather any of Malojian’s melodic & fresh tunes ‘and the secret is out.’
Hello and welcome Stevie Scullion a.k.a Malojian!
Jenny: So for those of us who aren’t familiar with your music, who is Malojian?
Stevie: My name’s Stevie Scullion. I’ve been writing songs since I was about 14 or 15. Malojian is where I’m at, at the minute.
Jenny: How would you describe your sound?
Stevie: I’m not sure. I’ve always felt like the songs I write are band songs. So even though I’m a “singer-songwriter” or whatever, the songs aren’t really.
Jenny: You just finished your debut EP ‘The Broken Deer’ recently. Are there any updates on the release date for our audience and can you tell us a little about the tracks on it?
Stevie: The EP has actually just been released. You can order a cd from my website or download it from my Bandcamp page. There are 4 songs on it. 2 upbeat and 2 slower ones. I didn’t have any master plan when choosing the tracks or anything, they were just the ones I was into at the time.
Jenny: ‘All I Need’ is my favorite track I’ve listened to so far and also, I read in Q Magazine that it’s also Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol’s favorite as well. How did it feel to be complimented so highly by one of Northern Ireland’s greatest exports and have you any plans to meet and possibly record with the man himself?! We want the scoop!
Stevie: Mr. Lightbody has been very kind to me over the last 2 or 3 years, writing nice things about my music and giving my old band support slots. I met him once, after we supported Snow Patrol in Dublin and he was sound, a real gentleman.
Jenny: Which musicians inspire you the most?
Stevie: Probably Neil Young & Bob Dylan. The masters! I love The Beatles too!
Jenny: How do you come up with the lyrics for your songs? Would you say you write from personal experience or do outside influences affect your songwriting?
Stevie: Bits and pieces of everything I suppose. Sometimes I’ll think a song’s lyrics through for ages and other times the song just seems to spill out onto the page. It’s weird.
Jenny: Best Gig so far?
Stevie: Mmmm? It’d be easier to answer “Worst gig so far?” but I won’t. Haha!
Jenny: Who are you listening to at the moment?
Stevie: My wee girl singing in the bath. She’s 4 and a half and is the coolest person ever!
Jenny: That’s so lovely! I’m sure she’s a great wee singer! I read you’re going on tour in Austria and Budapest, playing lots of gigs around the area! That’ll be such a great tour. I imagine you have a large fan base there. Have you any further plans to tour Europe or further afield?
Stevie: I toured Austria in 2010 with my old band and it was an unbelievable experience. Really class people. I loved it. The promoter has been kind enough to bring me back so I can’t wait! I would love to tour everywhere but I’m still managing myself and haven’t quite opened all the right doors yet.
Jenny: Will you be playing any festivals this year too?
Stevie: I’m looking for an agent at the minute to try and get on the festival circuit. I’m playing with a full band now and I can feel the songs starting to take off live. Hopefully we can get on the road and start building the fan base.
Jenny: I read that the title track from your earlier EP “Life Rolls On” was used for a Vodafone ad campaign in Feb’ ’07. How did this collaboration come about and how did it feel to hear your music on the telly? I’m sure you were very proud!
Stevie: We released the “Life Rolls On EP” around the same time Myspace was taking off in the UK. It was all over the news etc. I made a page and put the songs on it and almost immediately we got contacted by a synch company in London. I think we were just lucky. Right place, right time. A few months later they rang me at work and said Vodafone wanted to use the song. I thought we’d made it and was about to quit but alas it was actually only a radio campaign! Haha! Onwards and upwards I suppose!
Jenny: Have you any future collaborations of this nature, in the pipeline?
Stevie: I’m talking to a company at the minute about a possible deal which I think your readers/listeners would like. If it works out I’ll let you know what it is.
Jenny: Finally, what can we expect from Malojian in the not-so-distant future?
Stevie: I’m in the studio at the minute working on finishing the album. I’m not 100% yet if I’m gonna release another EP first or go straight to the full record but there’ll definitely be more new music coming soon.
Jenny: Thanks for speaking with me Stevie and I look forward to hearing more from the fantastic Malojian.
Stevie: Cheers Jenny!
Check out http://www.malojian.com for more info on Malojian’s music, latest gigs and blog.