Can you tell us about the origin of the band name, a history of the band and a little bit about the various members?
The band most people recognize me from is, Unlocking The Truth. The teenage rock/metal band and internet sensations, who were discovered in 2012, while busking in Times Square.
We grew up, graduated and in 2020, I started over as a solo artist, Malxolm Brixkhouse. I just replaced the “C’s” with “”Xs” ” as my way of stating I’m no longer that cute little kid with the Afro. LOL!
At the moment, I really am a solo artist. It hasn’t been easy trying to find a new back-up band when every kid in New York City wants to be a rapper.
Are you all from the same area? How did you get together as a band?
If you’re referring to my old band, yes. We all are from Brooklyn, New York and I’m still based in New York City. At first, it was just me and my old drummer. Then we added a singer and eventually we added a bassist. We used to play band like girls play house. As time went on, my mother thought we were kind of good and had the bright idea for us to do Amateur Night at the World Famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York. We won and then my parents had another bright idea and set us up in the middle of Times Square every weekend to perform and the rest is history.
Who are your favourite artists/bands and how have they influenced your own sound?
When I first started playing, I loved bands like Disturbed, SlipKnot, Escape the Fate, Chelsea Grin and Motionless In White.
I believe you can definitely hear how “Disturbed/Dan Donegan” influences my guitar riffs.
As I got older, I started listening more to rap and then I started engineering for my rapper friends. Now my sound has evolved into a cool mix of rock and metal, with soulful melodies and a hip-hop cadence.
Did you always have the ambition to be a musician and in a band or did you originally have other plans?
Not really. At first, I was the Red Power Ranger, then Naruto, then The Undertaker.
Since I was an only child, my parents kept me enrolled in all kinds of activities: karate, gymnastics, soccer, art, magic, music. You name it. I’ve probably done it.
But the guitar is what stuck and here I am.
What songs or albums are on your current playlist?
Truthfully, I don’t have a playlist but I do listen a lot to this rapper named Lucki.
Do you sing in the shower?
Only if I’m not in a hurry.
Do you have any plans for the band for this year and into next year?
Again, I’m in the process of trying to build a new back-up band; to keep writing and composing, dropping singles, and eventually a good back-up band will show up. Then, I can get back on the road!
Do you currently have any new songs/albums ready to be released?
As a matter of fact, I just dropped “Mr. Marionette” on September 26th. Like I said earlier, I’m always working on new material and I’m sitting on a bunch of songs, and I prepping for an EP.
If you could play at any venue in the world, where would you choose?
I’d love to sell-out Madison Square Garden – my home town! Then the DownLoad Festival and just go on a world tour!
Do you have a favourite album? If so, what is it?
The Sickness by Disturbed will always be my favorite. I swear Disturbed was the band who inspired me to become a musician.
Do you have any guilty pleasure songs/albums?
Again, if I’m not recording my own songs, or engineering for some rappers, I’m listening to Lucki.
If you were putting together the greatest show on earth, who would be playing?
If it were possible, Jimi Hendrix so I could have the Jimi Hendrix Experience! But I would also include, myself, Living Colour, Ernie Isley, Lenny Kravitz, Slash, Guns N Roses and the finale would be Michael Jackson and Prince!
Can you remember the first album you bought with your own money? What was it and do you still have it?
I would say it was The Sickness by Disturbed – but it was a CD and yes I still have it!
As your fans will be reading this, is there any message you would like to send out to them?
Yo, just thank you guys so much for your continued support when I was still with my band and especially, now as a solo artist. You guys really keep me going!
Finally, let us know all your social media sites so your fans, old and new, can find and follow/like you!
We, at The Metal Asylum, would like to thank you for your time. Is there is anything further that you would like to add?
Thank you so much too for having me. I really appreciate you guys for giving me this great opportunity. Stay tuned for more new music.
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