Since 2008, Malcolm Joseph has been the official bass player for singer, Grace Jones, and while he’s not mingling with the stars on a world tour with the model and former Bond actress, he’s living in Camborne working with youths at the Acorn Academy in Penwith.Originally from Hackney in London, Malcolm has had strong links with Cornwall for 30 years and ten years ago, he moved down with his family.
Malcolm has been passionate about music since he was a youngster, and as well as playing the bass and guitar, he is an accomplished songwriter and producer. He ran his own recording studio in London where he had the chance to meet an array of musicians and artists. During this time, he had a call from Grace Jones’ producer, who he had worked with in the past, asking him to try out for the role of her band’s new bass player for as she got ready to release her first album in 20 years. After eight years as an official member of the band, Malcolm is working on her new album and preparing for the 2014 tour.
As if this wasn’t enough, Malcolm has had solo albums and has also performed with some legends in the UK music industry since the 1980’s. He has played with Massive Attack, Neneh Cherry, Soul II Soul, Des’ree, Ray Mang, Dave Stewart, James Reyne, and many more.
He also co-founded the band 7th Heaven and they were signed from 1984-1989 with CBS, Arista, Phonogram/Publishing Morrison and Leahy. The band made it into the Top 10 in the Dance Charts in 1985.
While Malcolm is no doubt a talented bass and guitar player, he’s also keen to pass on his knowledge and experience within the music industry to youngsters in Cornwall.
He teaches bass, talks at seminars, and gets involved with a variety of organisations including the Acorn Academy (Penwith Short Stay School) and Cymex Music in Lostwithiel.
As well as recording a new album with Grace Jones and planning the 2014 tour with the singer, Malcolm also plays with local Cornish band, The Harry Munk Project, who have just released their new album Mad Eye Music.
What was the first single/ album you ever bought?
Single – Ripple, The Beat Goes On
Album – Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd
What’s it like to work with Grace Jones?
She’s great. She treats her band really well and we’re all close, but if you’re outside of that circle – watch out!
Who would you love to perform with (dead or alive)?
Who do you listen to now?
Robert Logan, 70’s music, experimental dance, and of course, The Harry Munk Project!
Where is the best place you have performed?
The best place I performed for me has to be the Royal Albert Hall.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions before you on stage?
I have no real big rituals before going on stage but I like to feel relaxed and have a glance at the crowd from behind the curtain before I go on.
What do you think of Cornwall’s music scene?
I think Cornwall’s music industry needs more support, investment, and perhaps a new main venue where people can perform.
What’s your advice to any Cornish artists trying to make it in the music industry?
Be prepared. It will be a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, but enjoy it, have faith in yourself, and believe.