Malice & Mario Sweet, October BRASH! Artist Spotlight are two dynamic individuals who both display creativity in the music world as well as within their career realms. Check out their interview with BRASH! Below:
BRASH!: How would you describe your sound?
Malice & Mario Sweet: Empowering, love-filled, soul n funk
BRASH!: What is your inspiration for writing new songs?
Malice & Mario Sweet: Good beats. We are heavily influenced by hip hop, so when want to start a new project, we start soliciting some of our favorite producers for an eclectic variety of new jams.
BRASH!: How did you get your start in the music industry?
Malice & Mario Sweet: Mario and I actually started dating in 2005 based on our love for music. We both grew up making music with friends from an early age, but things really picked up in 2007 when we started singing backup vocals for our friends/crew, The Physics. We still rock with them to this day. We wrote a full song the first night we kicked it- instant chemistry. In 2010, Mario had an epiphany to do our own project which was a total gamble. We went in with the idea that as long as we were happy with how our album turned out, nothing else mattered. We had no idea Happy 2 Year would be so well received.
BRASH!: Other than music, are there any other areas in the entertainment industry that you want to conquer?
Malice & Mario Sweet: Not at this point. We really love music. We also both have careers outside of music- psychology and management, so we feel well balanced. We get to tap into both our creative and intellectual minds.
BRASH!: What is your ultimate goal in your music career?
Malice & Mario Sweet: It would be fantastic if we could take some time away from our careers to tour. Tour life is magical- we got to experience this with The Physics in 2011. Being on stage, singing to people that know the words to your songs is mind-boggling. We would love to do shows in London and Japan! And everywhere in between.
BRASH!: How do you feel about the current state of the music industry?
Malice & Mario Sweet: It’s an incredible time for indie musicians. Growing up, if you didn’t have a record deal, you were a nobody. But thanks to social media and die hard music heads, great music is being spread to the masses. Although, you do have to work harder to stand out and be more creative to make money nowadays.
BRASH!: Any advice for an aspiring artist?
Malice & Mario Sweet: Don’t make music for money. Also, good song writing is key, so work on song writing or become friends with someone who knows how to write well. Songwriting is an art form in and of itself.
BRASH!: Where can we listen and purchase your music?
Malice & Mario Sweet: You can listen and purchase our albums at MaliceMarioSweet.com or iTunes etc.
BRASH!:Do you have any upcoming projects?
Malice & Mario Sweet: We released our second album this past summer, (technically our third if you count Happy 2 Year- Deluxe Edition), called Enjoy:Like:Love. It’s a real feel-good 1980’s-esque soul album, but there’s something on there for everyone.
BRASH!: Anything else you want your fans to know?
Malice & Mario Sweet: We are super humbled that people have been so supportive of our music. It motivates us to keep working.