Malaa

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Malaa
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Years active2015–present
Labels
  • Confession
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Malaa is an electronic music DJ and producer, who is signed to Tchami's label Confession. He broke onto the electronic music scene through his single "Notorious", which was the second release on Confession.[2] His identity is unknown. He appears in public as a balaclava-wearing man.[3]

Identity[edit]

Malaa's identity is unknown.[3] It is strongly suggested that Malaa consists of a duo with DJs DJ Snake and Tchami, as they are credited often on each other's track productions and are connected to the project via remixes.[4][5] It is also speculated that Mercer is involved in Malaa, since the same management team is shared between the three artists.[4] Through a Reddit post made on the topic, Redditors discovered a tweet on Twitter where a user wrote "cant believe im opening for dj snake + tchami's side project next thursday", while linking to a Soundcloud mix by Malaa. The tweet was then favourited by DJ Snake's Twitter account, which hints his participation on the topic.[4] French DJ Sebastien Benett is also speculated to be Malaa, due to the quick removal of a Facebook comment from Mercer's profile which stated that Malaa was a nickname of Benett, and that the last posts by Benett on Soundcloud coincide with the first appearances of Malaa.[6]

Career[edit]

2015–present[edit]

In September 2017, Malaa and French future house artist Tchami announced their "No Redemption" tour which was held in North America.[7] To promote the tour event, they released a hip-hop influenced house track titled "Summer 99" on 29 September 2017.[8]

Malaa is known for his "Who Is Malaa?" continuous mixes which he releases through Soundcloud,[9] which feature ghetto house and future house tracks.[10]

Pardon My French[edit]

Pardon My French's Logo

Malaa is currently part of the Pardon My French team, a collective of four French DJs composed of DJ Snake, Mercer, Tchami and himself.[11] Throughout the year 2016 and early 2017, the collective went on a Pardon My French Tour in North America.

Discography[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
Illegal Mixtape[12]
Illegal Mixtape II[13]
  • Released: 8 November 2018
  • Label: Confession
  • Formats: Digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Track Listing
Illicit[14]
No Redemption[15]
(with Tchami)
  • Released: 4 April 2018
  • Label: Confession
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album Label
2015 "H+M"[16] Non-album singles Self-released
"Pregnant" Fool's Gold Records
2016 "Fade" Confession
"Arsenic"
(with Maximono)
"Diamonds" Ilicit EP
"Notorious" Non-album singles
"Prophecy"
(with Tchami)
2017 "Bylina" Illegal Mixtape
"Contagious"
"Belleville"[17] Non-album singles
"Paris 96"[18] Self-released
"Hostyl"
(with Dombresky)
Confession
"Summer 99"[19]
(with Tchami]
No Redemption EP
"The Sermon"[20]
(with Tchami)
2018 "Kurupt"[21]
(with Tchami)
"Music Sounds Better With You"[22]
(with Noizu)
Non-album singles Self-released
"Bling Bling"[23] Illegal Mixtape II Confession
"Cash Money"[24]
"We Get Crunk"[25]
2019 "Addiction"[26] Non-album single
"Revolt"[27]
(featuring Jacknife)
Premiere Classe Records

Remixes[edit]

List of remixes, showing year released and original artists
Title Year Original artist
"Lean On" (Malaa Remix)[28] 2015 Major Lazer and DJ Snake
(featuring )
"White Iverson" (Malaa Remix)[29] Post Malone
"After Life" (Malaa Remix)[30] Tchami
"Can't Feel My Face" (Malaa Remix)[31] The Weeknd
"Mind" (Malaa Remix)[32] 2016 Jack Ü
(featuring Kai)
"Oh Me Oh My" (Malaa Remix)[33] 2017 DJ Snake
"Satisfy" (Malaa Remix)[34] 2018 Mercer
(featuring Ron Carroll)
"Music Sounds Better With You" (Malaa and Noizu Remix)[35] Stardust
"Enzo" (Malaa Remix)[36] 2019 DJ Snake and Sheck Wes
(featuring Offset, 21 Savage and Gucci Mane)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cameron, John. "Malaa Speculated To Be DJ Snake And Tchami's Side Project". We Got This Covered. Archived from the original on 2018-03-13. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  2. ^ McCarthy, Will (2015-11-24). "Malaa debuts on Tchami's new label with 'Notorious'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 2017-08-27. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  3. ^ a b Khawaja, Jemayel (2015-07-08). "Who is Malaa? DJ Snake, Tchami, and Mercer Are Somehow Involved". Vice. Archived from the original on 2018-03-13. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  4. ^ a b c "Uncovering Malaa: Tchami and DJ Snake's enigmatic side project? - Dancing Astronaut". Dancing Astronaut. 2016-01-07. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  5. ^ "The Curious Case of Malaa, Tchami's New Prodigy?". YourEDM. Retrieved 2018-03-18. It’s no secret that Tchami and DJ Snake have worked side-by-side on some of their biggest singles. ASCAP has confirmed that the two share writing credits on “Get Low,” “After Life” and more.
  6. ^ Harvey, Chez (2016-01-27). "The Mystery of Malaa Continues". By The Wavs. Archived from the original on 2017-01-04. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  7. ^ "Tchami & Malaa Announce 'No Redemption' North American Tour". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  8. ^ "Tchami & Malaa Relive Hot, Nasty Club Nights of Their Youth on 'Summer 99': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  9. ^ Petriw, Nicole (2016-05-05). "DJ To Watch: Who is MALAA?". Relentless Beats. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  10. ^ Narozniak, Rachel (2017-12-25). "Malaa drops off 19th installment in Who is Malaa mix series". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  11. ^ Stutz, Colin (2016-02-24). "DJ Snake Teams With Countrymen Tchami, Mercer & Malaa on Pardon My French Tour". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2016-11-15. Retrieved 2018-03-31.
  12. ^ "Illegal Mixtape by Various Artists on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  13. ^ Narozniak, Rachel (2018-11-09). "Malaa explores the darker mystique of house music on 'Illegal Mixtape II'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 2018-11-10. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  14. ^ Bein, Kat (2016-07-05). "Hear DJ Snake & Tchami Homie Malaa's Debut EP 'Illicit:' Exclusive". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2016-11-13. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  15. ^ Castillo, Ryan (2018-04-04). "Tchami x Malaa's 'No Redemption' EP has arrived". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  16. ^ Medved, Matt (2015-10-21). "Listen to Masked Artist Malaa's Throwback House Single 'H+M': Exclusive Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  17. ^ "Malaa Drops the Fascinating Track 'Belleville' as a Free Download". EDMSauce. 2017-06-20. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  18. ^ "Malaa Drops the Grooviest Track of the Year With "Paris 96"". EDMSauce. 2017-07-26. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  19. ^ Bein, Kat (2017-09-29). "Tchami & Malaa Relive Hot, Nasty Club Nights of Their Youth on 'Summer 99': Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2018-03-20.
  20. ^ Bagshaw, Bella (2017-11-03). "Tchami & Malaa Deliver The Sermon of House Music". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 2018-03-20. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  21. ^ Bagshaw, Bella (2018-03-16). "Malaa and Tchami Keep The Collab Storm Raging with 'Kurupt'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 2018-03-20. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  22. ^ Hymo, Josh (2018-05-10). "Noizu & Malaa delve into funky house beats on new collab". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 2018-05-11. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  23. ^ Khan, Alya (2018-06-29). "Malaa Revives Us With New Single & Tour". EDM.com. Archived from the original on 2018-06-29. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  24. ^ Sweeney, Farrell (2018-09-13). "Malaa keeps things dark with sleek new underground club cut 'Cash Money'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 2018-09-15. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  25. ^ Cameron, John (2018-10-25). "Malaa Takes it Underground with 'We Get Crunk"='". EDM.com. Archived from the original on 2018-11-12. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  26. ^ Mao, Jessica (2019-03-12). "Malaa returns with teched-out single, 'Addiction'". Dancing Astroanut. Archived from the original on 2019-03-13. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  27. ^ Goldenberg, Ross (2019-05-21). "Malaa experiments with mid-tempo bass for his JACKNIFE collaboration, 'Revolt'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 2019-05-28. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  28. ^ "Lean On (Remixes) [feat. MØ & DJ Snake] - EP by Major Lazer on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  29. ^ "Post Malone – White Iverson (Malaa Remix)". FuxWithIt. 2015-05-14. Archived from the original on 2018-04-14. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  30. ^ Weiner, Natalie (2015-07-07). "Tchami's 'After Life' Remixed by DJ Snake, Mercer & More: Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2016-11-15. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  31. ^ McCarthy, Will (2015-09-24). "The Weeknd – Can't Feel My Face (Malaa Remix) [Free Download]". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 2017-08-06. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  32. ^ "Mind (feat. Kai) [Remixes] - EP by Skrillex & Diplo on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  33. ^ Hinkley, Ryan (2017-03-20). "DJ Snake – Oh Me Oh My (Malaa Remix)". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 2017-07-06. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  34. ^ Hymo, Josh (2018-06-01). "Malaa digs deep in new remix of Mercer's 'Satisfy'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 2018-06-02. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  35. ^ "Malaa and Noizu give Stardust's 'Music Sounds Better With You' a rework". Stoney Roads. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  36. ^ Yopko, Nick (2019-06-30). "Malaa Remixes DJ Snake and Sheck Wes' hip-hop crossover 'Enzo'" ft. Offset, 21 Savage & Gucci Mane". EDM.com. Archived from the original on 2019-07-24. Retrieved 2019-07-24.