Skip to main content

Arrange Interview (First Interview In a Very Long Time!)

Arrange is just one person: Malcom Lacey. And he, for being as young as he is, makes some great, dreamy music a la Maps or Ulrich Schnauss. Odds are you may not be familiar with him, so here you go:



Before my family emergency & hiatus, I got to ask Malcom several questions. He responded while I was in Erie, hence the delay. Read on to get a better understanding of Arrange/Malcom Lacey (as well as a film suggestion).

UC: What compelled you to start creating music? What inspired you to start?

Malcom: Hurt. There was so much going on in my life when I decided to pick up the guitar. I had just gotten back from a four-month stint at the wilderness therapy program my mother had sent me to. My lens had changed. I saw things a lot differently. It was jarring even having to navigate all of the pain I still felt even then after all of the help the program was to me. I needed a way to talk about it. I needed to be able to scream and to whisper and to bang around on things. Music was inevitable I think. 

UC: Where do you continue to get inspiration for Arrange? Your music is fairly unique- like a shoegaze/dreampop/electronica hybrid.
Malcom: I feel like I go through phases. The fall/winter saw me listen to a lot of The Blue Nile and Prefab Sprout and Alexander O' Neal. Lots of lush instrumentation and emotive vocalists. I'm inspired by anything really. My adoring husband, Patrick.  (AWWW) My dogs. I love them. I have three. A pitbull named Cutty. A Husky named Hira. and a 12-year-old Jack Russell Terrier named Sadie. They're all sweethearts and I love them to death. 

UC: What prompted you to move to Portland? I ask because of the city's musical legacy (i.e. Elliott Smith, Quasi, etc).
Malcom: To put it simply, I just needed to leave South Florida. I never felt comfortable there. I needed to feel in control of where I was and as petty as that seems to me now at the time that was very important to me. Portland is a very beautiful city. Huge bridges. Beautiful waterways. I love everything about it. I actually live across the river in Washougal, WA. I find it much easier to tell people I live in Portland though.

UC: What are you working on currently?
Malcom: Me and my boy Chris Sikofillos are working on our project Ręg Łífē. It's sort of a hip-hop project mostly an r&b project. I love it. It's a lot of fun to work outside of arrange's world. 

UC: Where would you like your career in music to take you?
Malcom: I used to get very romantic about this idea. The idea that I could be a musician. The idea that I could perform and put myself out there. I don't think it's for me. It's suffocating I feel to be on stage and sing my songs. It's a very uncomfortable place to be for most people I feel. I'm weak probably. I'll try and work at it. But at this point I don't really have any goals or aspirations. I just want to be able to make songs that I could listen to.  (WORD)

UC: What music yourself are you listening to these days?
Malcom: I've been listening to a lot of Donell Jones "Life Goes On," Kelly Rowland's "Talk a Good Game," Paula DeAnda's "s/t," and Yusef Lateef's "Eastern Sounds."

UC: I read you are an avid film watcher. What's a film you highly recommend?
Malcom: I really love this question. (aww) I sampled Pedro Costa's "In Vandas Room" in a new arrange song I finished a month or so ago. That's probably something people should watch. :D


Follow Arrange here- and thanks Malcom! If you don't listen to him at this point, you is a fool. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

"Anchors" - AM Higgins

Here's a nice breezy, almost sensual song from AM Higgins (the solo project of musician Annie Toth) to start your Tuesday off right.  Her debut album "Hymning" will be out November 5th on Victorialand Records. The album was mixed by Casey Foubert, a frequent collaborator of Sufjan Stevens. The album "captures the first years of moving from an American city to rural France." Sounds like "Hymning" will be a welcome escape from the world we live in right now, especially considering that Annie Toth counts poets Mary Oliver and Thomas Merton as influences.

"Mon Soleil" - Ashley Park

If there's anything people take away from my piss-poor legacy, I hope it's what a huge, unabashed fan of "Emily in Paris" I am and will continue to be. People love "90 Day Fiancee," "The Bachelor," and other garbage - allow me "Emily," which is at least harmless, kind of goofy fluff (which does, unfortunately, lean into some stereotypes, as the country of Ukraine knows ). I have already watched Season 2 twice. And honestly my favorite part of this show (despite my crush on Camille Razart and Lily Collins channeling Audrey Hepburn hardcore ) is Ashley Park. This woman has superstar written all over her. She's a bona fide Broadway star, and "Emily in Paris" has served as her pivot into the zeitgeist.  "Emily in Paris" is also showcasing her vocal prowess front and center this season, with her covering BTS, "All By Myself," "Sympathtique," and Marilyn Monroe. But the real standout performance is th

"Happy New Year"- Let's Eat Grandma

There's no way to start the New Year like some extremely upbeat music about the New Year! That's where this new synthpop-heavy single from the British duo Let's Eat Grandma comes into play. It's a delightful song, and it helps increase any excitement about their third album, "Two Ribbons," which will be out this April. I personally am looking forward to hearing more from Let's Eat Grandma, who deserve way more attention than they currently get. Hopefully, 2022 will be a big year for them. Here's one of their older tracks I quite like: