As usual Jo from Ramrock Records, PR is better than anything to come out of this horse’s mouth, so I’ll let her tell you why you should quit your 9-5, or at least finish early so you can listen to Joesph Malik’s latest song, if you’ve followed what has come out of the Hoof’s fine stable of music lately, you know he can always pick a winner when the remix team from North Street are involved, that’s taking nothing away from Joseph’s original as it’s already getting some serious airplay on Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show and Vic Galloway on Radio Scotland, anyway over to Jo..
During lockdown, Joseph Malik kept himself busy by producing his 1st single from his forthcoming album, ‘Diverse Part 3’ with the Easter Road Northern Soul Band and his label sisters including special guest and long-time friend and powerhouse vocalist, Niki King.
Joseph’s battle plan was simple – ‘let’s just go and write a song that reflects how everyone feels right’ – and ‘I Quit My 9 to 5’ is Joseph’s response to folks being furloughed or paid off – not just the music industry but all the chefs, taxi drivers, bar staff, teachers – the ordinary person in the street. The lyrics came to Joseph late one night at 2 am:
I quit my 9 to 5, I’m staying home, just to stay alive, what am I gonna do?
After gathering an Allstar cast of Scottish musicians, the track was recorded over 3 studios so everyone could respect the Covid rules. Joseph and Niki laid down a raw, uncompromising track with funk fuelled keys from the Proclaimers keyboard player, Stevie Christie and wicked horn action from Chris Greive.
Once the original LP version was in place, Joseph presented the track to the North Street West collective and Ashley Beedle, Darren Morris and Jo Wallace took ‘I Quit’ to the hottest joint in town and dressed it in a large fedora, camel coat and a fine cane + jewels – people nodded knowingly as it went past. It’s the guest of honour on ‘Soul Train’ and even Don Cornelius hustled down the ‘line’.