Breckenridge: Electronica and original rock
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Who: The Malah
Where: three20south, Breckenridge
Where’d the name come from? Melodic music
Home base: Greenville, S.C.
Who are you? The Malah is an electronica trio that has been captivating ears with its organic electro grooves since 2003. The year 2010 has seen The Malah take its sound across the country touring the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast with much praise and success. The Malah has played alongside STS9, Disco Biscuits, Lotus, Telepath, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Toubab Krewe, Slightly Stoopid, Particle, Conspirator, Umphrey’s McGee, EOTO, Bluetech, Pnuma Trio, Big Gigantic, Pretty Lights, The Join, Orchard Lounge and many more.
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A piano, because of the wide range of sounds and emotions it can create.
Why do people love ya? Because we make people dance and smile.
How do you keep it fresh? New ideas in live music performance and sound design while keeping the live show open to improvisation and creativity. Utilizing new technology to give people a unique live show both sonically and visually.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Touring the country and playing music for so many smiling faces is the craziest and weirdest experience in itself!
Who: The Deedles
Where: three20south, Breckenridge
Where’d the name come from? Deedle is one of Garrett and Jamie’s pet name for each other. It seemed appropriate to call their collectively written songs by the same moniker. Their songs embody love and loss, life and death, road weary warriors searching for home, friends and family, and lots of other real-life stories.
Home base: Kansas
Type of music: All original rock, spanning multiple facets of that genre (Americana, modern, blues, country, etc.) and their own special brand of electrograss featuring a custom-made solid body five-string electric banjo.
If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A dragon! You can’t believe that you are really seeing it in real life, and then when you get close to it, you get your face melted off! Jamie’s voice is like dragon fire, and the melodies are like dragon wings soaring high into the sky!
Why do people love ya? People love The Deedles for their refreshing sound, dynamic vocal approach and high-energy shows fueled by the passion they put into their music and live performances.
How do you keep it fresh? The Deedles are always writing and performing new material. They’re touring constantly, taking their music to new markets and meeting new people help to keep it fresh as well. The Deedles are also always working on bettering their stage performance and interacting with their fans.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Put our lives into a suitcase, and a song. Pack up the bus and travel the country for the better part of 10 years. We have stories to scare, enlighten, laugh and cry. The road is a weird and a crazy place to live your life. For example, leaving Moscow, Idaho, after a show one night, we lost our brakes going down a 9 percent grade mountain pass in a 40-foot 1976 GMC Buffalo bus. The emergency brake would not engage, and we were out of air in the brake system. As the bus reached the bottom, we saw a sign stating the upcoming curve should be taken at 40 mph. We however, took the turn at upwards of 70 mph. The force of the turn jostled people around the bunk area, and for the four of us who were up front watching the chaos unfold, we were white knuckling anything we could find to grab onto. There was a huge concrete retaining wall that we managed to avoid, and I think we actually went on two wheels for a little bit! We made the turn and coasted into the valley, and at the bottom was a town. We all piled out of the bus and called our loved ones just to let them know we loved them all very much and the tour was going OK!
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