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  • Writer's pictureWyatt Kassin

Malia J "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Official Video)

Hawaiian singer-songwriter Malia J is the musician behind the cover and she’s been making music for films, trailers and TV for the better part of the past four years (including The Handmaid’s Tale Series Two trailer) and now she’s blowing up the internet for her rendition which landed at the #1 Spot in the Top 40 Alternative Charts in the US! Malia has also landed herself a spot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe because of her cover (not a bad outcome at all I must say).

If you’re a Marvel fiend like myself, you’d be all over the new Black Widow movie which popped up in cinemas (finally) at the start of the month after being delayed due to the pandemic. FYI – It’s also on Disney+ in case you hate going out in public but still want to see it before spoilers ruin everything!

On a lighter note, one of the most talked about moments (not related to the movie though) was the haunting cover of Nirvana‘s track ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit‘ which plays during the movie’s opening credits. If you heard it and wondered who was the voice behind the song.

On her inspiration to cover this Nirvana classic, she said, “I am constantly experimenting in the studio with the producers at Think Up Anger. One day we were hanging in the studio and the subject of Nirvana came up. We thought how great would it be to put our own dark spin on it?”

The fact that her song was featured in the movie “Black Widow” was a “surreal” feeling for Malia J. “I keep thinking, I’m dreaming,” she exclaimed.

Regarding her music and songwriting inspirations, she said, “Heartbreak, love, my struggle with anxiety, relationships, and situations that don’t work out. I am generally a happy soul to the people around me, but my music is a release of intense emotion and whatever I am going through at the moment.”

On being an artist in the digital age, she said, “I feel so lucky and excited to be an artist at this time. First of all, I get to connect and check in with my fans every day on my social media. I love reading their comments, watching their Tik Toks, and hearing how they are personally connecting with my music. It brings me so much positivity and makes me want to create and share even more music. It’s incredible that an indie artist like myself can release music on their own and virtually anyone in the world can stream it. Listeners can make things go viral, our generation has a lot of power at their fingertips.”

“I also like going on Spotify and seeing how many people are listening to my music at that very moment. It always brings a smile to my face,” she added.

Watch the official video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Malia J now!

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