By Mailan Nguyen
With aspirations to be the next Kanye West of hip-hop, Mira Costa sophomore Malachi McMahon pursues a career in the music industry.
McMahon began to make his own music in February of 2017. Since then, he has released three songs: “You Know How I Rock”, “Sheesh!” and “John Cena”. The three have been played on online music platform SoundCloud more than 4,000 times, as of March of 2017.
“I first started becoming interested in making music when one day I was listening to music and I became very interested in the sounds,” McMahon said. “I thought, maybe I can do this and I downloaded Garageband and put my heart into making every beat,” McMahon said.
McMahon says his taste in music includes hip-hop and rap, which is also the type of music that he creates. His favorite artists and inspirations include discreet artists such as Playboi Carti and Thouxanbandfauni, as well as hip-hop star Lil Uzi Vert, he says.
“Usually what I would do is go on SoundCloud, listen to other artists and try to interpret what they are saying in their lyrics and songs into my music and what I create,” McMahon said. “I just like to see how other artists rap and their styles, it’s always fun to see how they perform and listening to them really inspired me to try and do the same.”
McMahon’s first song, “You Know How I Rock”, had received over 3,000 plays when he deleted the track from his SoundCloud account, “Malidot6”, because McMahon says he believed it was rushed and was not a good quality song. McMahon’s second track, “Sheesh!” has so far gotten over 1,000 plays, with his most recent song, “John Cena” having received over 200 plays, as of March of 2017.
“I think that Malachi could really make it in the rap industry, he could go big,” Costa sophomore Sam Paley said. “Something that he could do though to improve his music is add more beats and switch it up like Future.”
In order to create his music, McMahon uses Costa Sophomore Lucas Hobbs’ microphone to record the lyrics and creates his beats and sounds made on Apple music program, Garageband. On his latest song “John Cena,” McMahon received help from Costa junior Pluria Marshall with the recording and editing of the track.
“I would really like to see where all of this takes me because I love making music,” McMahon said. “So however far I make it, or for how long I do it, I’ll still always appreciate the time I spent making my songs because it was always such an enjoyable experience.”
McMahon said that one of the hardest thing about trying to be in the music industry is getting his name out there and having people actually listen to the songs that he has created himself. He says it is especially difficult due to the fact that there are a lot of people in the world right now trying to do the same thing as him.
“To me, making music is like a form of art and whenever I make my songs and music it’s as if it is opening up my mind and makes me feel good,” McMahon said. “I just feel like others should try to do what makes them happy and feel good as well.”