Kyp Malone

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Kyp Malone
Malone in 2009
Malone in 2009
Background information
Birth nameKyp Malone
Born (1973-02-27) February 27, 1973 (age 48)
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer, Actor
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar, Bass guitar
LabelsTouch and Go Records
Associated actsYams Collective
Ice Balloons
TV on the Radio
Rain Machine
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

David Kyp Joel Malone (born February 27, 1973) is an American multi-instrumentalist and member of the bands TV on the Radio, Iran, Rain Machine, and Ice Balloons.


Malone grew up in Moon Township, Pennsylvania and moved to New Jersey for High School. He graduated from North Hunterdon High School in 1991.[1]

Malone formed the band Iran with film director/singer/songwriter Aaron Aites in 2000.

He later joined Tunde Adebimpe and David Sitek in TV on the Radio on Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes and has been in the band ever since. He writes, sings and plays instruments for the band. In his lyrics, he uses poetic imagery to address racism, show business, and politics in an indirect manner.[2]

Malone is in the band Ice Balloons and is also a member of The Yams Collective. He has also worked with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, including producing Robinson's 2009 album Summer Of Fear.[3]

In 2009, he released an album under the name Rain Machine, later touring to support the record.[4] The album was produced by Ian Brennan.[5][6] Malone has also toured and played with Jolie Holland, and was an influence and early champion of singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.[7][8][9]

He has recorded with the Malian band Tinariwen on their 2011 release Tassili. The album was recorded in the Algerian desert near the Libyan border.[10]

Malone was included in the 2002 Bay Area indie film Scumrock.[11] In 2015, Malone made a cameo on the TV series Broad City, playing a music store clerk in the episode "The Matrix".

He provided some of the music for the 2018 documentary film Dreaming of a Vetter World.[12]

He worked in the science fiction film Doors (2021) as Jamal.[13]


  1. ^ Jordan, Chris. "Let It Rain; Kyp Malone's solo project tackles some, tough issues", Courier News, February 4, 2011. Accessed June 29, 2018. "Speaking of returns, Malone is a frequent visitor to Hunterdon County, mostly Frenchtown these days. He spent his teen years in Clinton and graduated from North Hunterdon High School in 1991."
  2. ^ Pierrot, Gregory (November 2013). "There Will Be Mixed Blood: TV On the Radio, Werewolves Like Us".
  3. ^ LaBate, Steve (2007-10-16). "Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson: Summer of Fear". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
  4. ^ Ayers, Mike (2009-09-25). "Kyp Malone Gets Deep and Desperate on 'Rain Machine'". Spinner. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
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  7. ^ Lawrence, Jordan. "Jolie Holland & Kyp Malon". Columbia Free Times. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  8. ^ Hilton, Robin. "First Listen: Sharon Van Etten, 'Epic'". Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  9. ^ Smith, Dane (18 January 2011). "Confidence a plenty". Mountain Xpress. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  10. ^ Rohter, Larry (2011-09-01). "Blues From the Desert, Recorded On Site". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
  11. ^ Malone, Kyp. "Scumrock". imdb. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  12. ^ "Dreaming of a Vetter World Film Team". Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  13. ^ Malone, Kyp. "Doors". imdb. Retrieved 24 March 2021.

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