Ten years ago, Jay Malinowski and song writing partner, Eon Sinclair, formed Bedouin Soundclash in their university town of Kingston, Ontario and set about conquering the music world with their fan-friendly blend of ebullient ska, pop, punk and soul. Four albums later and a handful of hit singles, numerous awards and nominations, not to mention a steady string of high-profile tours that saw them share the stage with such acts as No Doubt, Ben Harper, Coldplay and Nine Inch Nails, and you'd forgive them for proclaiming “mission accomplished.”
With the urging and encouragement of Sinclair, Jay began writing with a solo project in 2009. The result was a stunning and remarkably stirring collection of material that shows someone who's as much in touch with his feelings as he is with the craft of song writing, and someone who's willing to take chances and lay it all on the line.View full bio
In early 2010, Jay and other band members Eon Sinclair and Sekou Lumumba, along with manager Dave Guenette, launched their own record label, Pirates Blend. An artist friendly label, Jay’s critically acclaimed solo album, Bright Lights & Bruises, was the label’s inaugural release. Jay has always been very focused on giving back to his community, in particular in his hometown of Vancouver, BC where he participated in the torch relay for the 2010 Olympics and has donated time and money to the St. James’ Children’s Choir. Most recently, Bedouin’s fourth release, Light The Horizon, kept Jay on the road with tours around the world, including China, Australia, India, The UK, US and across Canada.
February, 2011 saw the release of Jay’s latest collaboration, Armistice. Armistice is the collaboration between Beatrice Martin (Coeur de Pirate) and Jay Malinowski. Martin and Malinowski first worked together artistically when Beatrice lent her voice to the track, “Brutal Hearts” on Bedouin Soundclash’s 2010 release, Light The Horizon. The song was proclaimed a highlight of the album by critics and the public alike. Out of this came the idea to join forces to create Armistice. They enlisted the help of legendary Los Angeles hardcore punk band, The Bronx. The end result of this collaboration was a “remarkable collaboration” (Sputnik Music) that was a welcome surprise to new fans and critics alike.
In late 2011, Jay began to visualize another creative entity altogether. Inspired by his upbringing on the Pacific Coast and a family history tied to the ocean, The Deadcoast was a natural name for a brand new project. Writing for the project took off throughout the winter until the spring brought about a new change; a homecoming of sorts as Jay migrated from Toronto back West to Vancouver.
Motivated by new yet familiar surroundings, writing commenced with new vigour. Deeper depths of meaning and musicality emerged for The Deadcoast throughout spring and summer writing sessions as new musicians (a West-Coast string trio called The End Tree) and over-arching themes were introduced. As a result of these sessions, it became clear to Jay what the new album title would be. “The record is slowly turning into a double album called Pacific-Atlantic. I’m thinking of the oceans representing two halves of our subconscious (or at least mine).”
After nearly a year of writing and exploring the creative depths of Jay Maliowski & The Deadcoast, Pacific-Atlantic will finally be recorded this winter and released in the spring.
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