Reflecting pure honesty and her soul with her music, Maalavika ‘Mali’ Manoj, hails from Chennai but is a Malayali. This independent singer and songwriter has lived the life of a rockstar, as a member of an underground band Bass-in-Bridge, before taking on the solo ride for herself.
Music has a therapeutic effect not only on the person who listens to it but also the person who composes or writes it. I’ve certainly learned a lot about myself through music.”
At just 23, Maalavika has already entered the feature film and the wide and intimidating music world. Maalavika has sung mostly songs in Tamil for the films but definitely holds herself strong with her distinguishably definitive English album called, ‘Deceptive’. The song ‘No Place Like Home’ from the album scoring high in debut singles, was one of the many songs she performed in Music Mojo on Kappa TV (Mallayali channel). Maalavika says she finds a whole lot of random inspiration from different artists, like, Skrillex, A.R Rahman and Ella Fritzgerald. This songwriter also finds raw inspiration from situations or feelings that really strikes a chord deep inside her and more or less compels her to write a song. She says that it is her creative outlet to be completely honest about something or someone.
Maalavika feels that she honestly didn’t ever think that Music would one day turn into a career. She says, “Music to me used to be a very serious hobby and something that came naturally to me so for the longest time I didn’t consider it a career.” She also goes on to say, “I believe music has a therapeutic effect not only on the person who listens to it but also the person who composes or writes it. I’ve certainly learned a lot about myself through music.” Maalavika finds her home in Music, the one space for her to be open and honest. And so her veneration is obvious when she says, “The most beautiful thing about music is that the core of it has always and will always remain the same.”
It will be more difficult to establish yourself in and you’ll have to do more explaining to your family and friends, but it’s way better than doing something you’re unhappy with.”
With several feature film songs and her own singles, Maalavika has proved her mettle in the industry, however despite holding strong, Maalavika says, “I tend to have spells of low self-esteem where I start to doubt whether I’m talented enough to survive in this industry.” Although she has these occasional spells, Maalavika buoyantly adds, “But I think it’s just a matter of picking yourself up each time and pushing yourself more.”
Creating her own space in the music industry and dealing with pressure of pursuing a field that has risky chances with make or break moments, can take a toll on a person, but fortunately for Maalavika her family provides her the support and back-rest.
Maalavika Manoj explains the inversely proportional relationship that one has with their dream career, “Doing what you love will pay less. It will be more difficult to establish yourself in and you’ll have to do more explaining to your family and friends, but it’s way better than doing something you’re unhappy with.” Being the young achiever, Maalavika adds with a tongue-in-the-cheek, “In fact, if you’re going to have to struggle, you’d rather do it when you’re young. It will be worth it!”