Berklee Original Band Showcase: Dark Pop Music With Mafalda

Mafalda brought her dark pop style to The Berklee Original Band Showcase at The Red Room at Cafe 939.  This month’s Berklee Original Band Showcase featured five Berklee College of Music bands each playing short sets of all original music.   Mafalda performed her original song’s “Don’t Let Go” and “Run.”  Mafalda’s lyrics, voice and music arrangements are superb.  When I first heard these songs on Soundcloud I was surprised to learn that these were here first releases.  “Don’t Let Go” and “Run” are both songs that could easily be on the Billboard The Hot 100 List.

The black and white music video in my head as I first listened to “Run” has Mafalda standing at a floor length window as she stares out at a raging sea storm singing this song.  “Run” is filled with keyboards and synthesized industrial sounds.  When mixed with Mafalda’s voice “Run” quickly builds a melancholy mood.  On stage Mafalda’s voice and lyrics were like a siren’s song on a storm filled restless winter night leaving one physically and emotionally drained as she pulled out feelings that we often keep suppressed.

The format of The Berklee Original Band Mafalda to just a few songs but I could have spent the night enthralled by her voice.  She is an artist that will certainly be selling out venues in the near future.  Follow Mafalda on Soundcloud and Spotify to enjoy her music and add her to your music library.

Q&A with Mafalda

I got a chance to chat with Mafalda after the The Berklee Original Band Showcase.

What sparked your interest in music?
My parents love music and always had the radio on at home. Most of the time it was Xfm, which is an alternative rock station in England where I grew up. My mom also loved concerts and so she took my and sister and me to as many as she could. I began to play around with a piano we had in the house when I was around 14, which is when I wrote my first song “Yellow Fields”.  That’s where it all started for me as a musician.

Talk to me about your creative process for your music?
There are a few different ways that I will write but most of the time I sit in front of the piano and see where I get.  Once I’m happy with a progression, I’ll play it for a friend and keep editing it from there

What was the first album that you added to your personal music library?

Loose by Nelly Furtado.

What was your most recent addition to your personal music library?

Lady Gaga’s latest album, Joanne, I am obsessed with that one. I am obsessed with her because of the way she has reshaped her music while staying true to what she stands for.

What was your first live music experience? 

Coldplay when I was 8 years old! It was the band’s Rush of Blood to the Head tour.

If you could cover one album in your music library which would it be?

It would have to be Florence + The Machine’s first album, Lungs.

What artist do you wish more people had in their music library?

Moses Sumney, I saw him open for James Blake a few months ago. It was just him with a loop pedal board and he blew everyone away!  It was amazing.