You may recognize Michael Malarkey for his devilishly delightful role as Enzo on the CW hit The Vampire Diaries, but he’s starting to make his mark in the music world as well.
The 31-year-old actor/musician just dropped the title track off his upcoming five-song EP Feed the Flames, out on October 12.
While he describes his sound as “sort of moody-folk,” music has always been a priority for him. “I can’t remember any exact moment when I first found a passion for music,” he tells JJJ.” Music has always been such a huge part of my life that it’s always been part of my identity.”
Michael has a big show coming up at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta the day before the album release, so we had to ask about his pre-show rituals. “I don’t sacrifice animals or pray to shrunken heads or anything bizarre,” he tells us. “I just go out there, hopefully play the songs reasonably well and then get the hell out of there.”
He also opened up to JJJ about his songwriting, the process of making his record, and more. Check it!
JustJaredJr.com: Who or what are some of your biggest inspirations?
MM: My biggest inspiration is just plain old life, relationships and philosophical musings, all that jazz. I don’t use loop pedals or effects or anything, I just write good old songs with an honest, narrative drive. Fads come and go but a good song is a good song. People still listen to Dylan after all these years and as much as I am nowhere near that caliber, I feel like our mission statements are the same.
I write for myself and in doing so I am writing for everyone and I think people will be able to connect with my songs on the same intimate level that I connect with them. As far as other musicians go, Tom Waits was my biggest inspiration to start writing my own music. The first album of his that I heard was “Rain Dogs” and I have never been the same since…
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