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Read: Crack Magazine in conversation with Slauson Malone 1

04 Jan 2024

Jasper Marsalis debut album on Warp Records, Excelsior delves into the exploration of his artistic identity, as revealed in a recent interview with Crack Magazine. The interview is part of their series Signing Off, which cites Marsalis among the artists who have left a mark and paved the way for new music explorations in 2023.

In the realm of post-rap, Jasper Marsalis, known as Slauson Malone 1, has emerged as a distinctive figure with his experimental and fragmented approach. Following his 2019 album A Quiet Farwell 2016-2018, Marsalis blends new influences and artistic experiences in Excelsior. In the interview Marsalis discusses themes underpinning the album, offering a nuanced view of his evolving self: from his move to Los Angeles and how this played a crucial role in the rebirth of Slauson Malone 1, to the transformative and enigmatic journey of Excelsior.

“I have a different relationship with myself. It’s borne out of the feeling of not having a sense of control or ownership over your own identity. [..]  I hope that one day someone is like, “Why is there a ‘one’? Where’s ‘two’ or ‘three’? Where’s the original?”’

Read the full interview here

Slauson Malone 1 performs live at Rewire 2024 with cellist Nicky Wetherell

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Photo by Anja Rose for Crack Magazine