Such an incredible experience getting to know Malaysian Hip Hop artists Maruxa Lynd and Reckless Escapades. Their songs ‘Say a Prayer‘, ‘In the Clouds‘ and Reckless Escapades’ latest single, ‘Call 911‘ has topped the charts on Hitz FM Malaysian English Top 10.
This talented couple used music to connect with each other and the world. From production, filming, editing and lyrics they have produced some chart hitting singles together and have reached audiences around the globe.
Where are you guys from? Where are you based?
MARUXA LYND: I’m from the Philippines and Reckless is Malaysian from Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. I moved to Malaysia when I was 7 and have been based in Kuala Lumpur ever since.
How have your surroundings shaped your music and in what way/s?
MARUXA: Growing up in a Pinoy household, my early days of discovering music was purely the oldies. Lionel Richie, Neil Sedaka, The Beatles, Bread, Bee Gees cause those were the things that my mom and dad would play and sing during house karaoke sessions (like every other Pinoy household especially during parties!). I also had my Latina phase growing up and yo no cap, it’s the cumbia, bachata kind cuz my mom who taught Spanish at a local uni was also working together frequently with the Colombian embassy here in KL [Kuala Lumpur] so we’d get Colombian food, coffee and everything else at home and then when I entered secondary school (that’s middle school in the US), it was all hip-hop n RnB for me. I had my indie/folk & metalcore phase too but nothing stuck to me like Hip-Hop/RnB but because I was in an alt-indie band, I could say that it definitely made me into someone who can adjust into different genres. My collab with other Malaysian artists are all in different genres. People might hate me for saying this but my versatility is what makes me special. Teehee!
RECKLESS ESCAPADES: My surroundings definitely play a huge role in the type of music I make. I lived in the US for 4 years from 2008 till 2012, specifically in Boston and New York. During the Fall and Winter seasons, when making beats I would pick sounds that matched the moods of those seasons like keys/synths that sound cold, icy, dark and gloomy. In America I also discovered how certain music hit me harder in specific seasons, like how Drake’s So Far Gone mixtape or Kanye’s 808s and Heartbreak sounded so perfect in wintertime. Recently, I made the beat for In the Clouds when I was in the Philippines. The island vibes are definitely felt all over the beat, the music came out sounding so tropical, so sunny, and I love that!