Jay Malinowski’s solo effort, Bright Lights and Bruises, is a look into his diary: we’re taken deep into his hidden, solemn thoughts. Expect him and his acoustic guitar to bring you a quieter, more contemplative folk-sound on his solo effort.
Relax, Bedouin Soundclash isn’t over. This is a side thing that Malinwoski wants to nurture. The only reason he even got around to his own album is because he needed a break. His life had become endless touring and endless frivolous behaviours to distract himself from not being able to get back to ordinary days. Being able to count down from ten and reflect on life is what he needed and will continue to do from time to time
KB: So how was Canadian Music Week?Jay Malinowski: It was good. I did a solo show as well as one for Bedouin Soundclash.
What’s it like going out there alone, as opposed to being with your band?
It’s a lot more intimate. The shows demand a lot more focus to keep the crowd engaged. It’s a more intense experience.
Do you prefer being in a band, solo, or are you indifferent?
I like both. I think both give me appreciation for the other.
Tell me about your solo album?
Writing this record brought me back to what made me want to write music in the first place. I had to do it to get a perspective on writing a record with Bedouin. We all needed a break, I just ended up writing a record instead of taking a vacation.
What’s your favourite track?
Probably “Remembrance Day”. I feel closest to the ones I wrote towards the end of the process, “Remembrance Day” and “Animal”.Why “Rememberance Day”?
It’s more of an accepting song: it’s me at peace.
What’s the most difficult part of putting an album together?
I think it’s knowing when to stop. I personally take the route of not trying to overproduce. I think you run the risk of ruining the integrity of something by making too many changes.
So you’re going to be on tour for awhile, what’s up next after that?
Bedouin’s going into the studio in June. I’m also working on a record with a female vocalist. We’re going to try and record something in May. At this point, I’m just trying to work with artists I really like.
Big fan of collaborations then?
Yeah, I think you learn the most from them from how people think and write.
Do you think your solo efforts will influence whatever comes next for Bedouin?
Definitely. For me, writing is all process and all the things you go through affect what you do next. I’m taking all the stuff I’ve learnt and putting it into the next Bedouin record.
Is there anything you can tell us about the next Bedouin record?
We’re still writing. It’s going to be a bit different but within the same sound.
Is your life all about music or do you take days off from it to pursue other hobbies, etc?
Hobbies…I’ve actually been thinking a lot about that and I don’t really know. Eventually I’d like to get back into painting.
I’ve come to realize that creativity isn’t a vacation for me. Probably going on a surf vacation would be the best thing for me. Hopefully I’ll do that some time soon.
You did an art show awhile back right?
I was involved in a group show with other musicians like Justin Peroff from Broken Social Scene and Brian Borcherdt from Holy Fuck.
To be an artist, you have to focus all your time on it. I haven’t done anything since.
So tell me more about the record label, Pirates Blend Records.
We had the idea to start a label five years ago. When it finally happened, there was a lot of good timing with everything. I had a solo record to be released and we had a Bedouin back catalogue. We realized that the best thing is to have control over what you do, to have autonomy. We had a huge cleaning of house and when we came out of it we decided that we needed a clean slate. We wanted to have something that gives us ultimate freedom to do a lot of the things we wanted to do before but couldn’t logistically.
Is it easy to balance the label amongst everything else?
I made it clear that I was only going to be involved with creative, so other people are doing the work!
Do you think you might do another solo album in future?
I’m taking it one record at a time. If there’s another solo record that needs to come out, then I’ll do it.
Well, thanks for the chat. Congrats on your album and good luck with the tour!
Thank-you so much! I appreciate it.