Today we’d like to introduce you to Bala Mandala. Bala and his team share his story with us below.
Before we jump into specific questions about Bala’s work, why don’t you give us some of the backstory.
Bala Mandala is a multi-genre music producer, experimental music and visual artist. He was born in Northern Germany to Sri Lankan refugee’s who ran from civil war and social injustice. Growing up in a mixed community of Tamils and Europeans fueled the art and music Bala began making.
Producing from the age of ten, he started recording with his father and later became known for his hip-hop beats in surrounding neighborhoods. For most of his career, he’s helped create and develop other artists. His personal music has come to reflect the sounds of his Sri Lankan heritage, incorporating soul and ethereal vocal harmonies over buried tribal infused beats. He now resides in Highland Park, Los Angeles with his wife Aalok Bala, collaborating with creating music and visual art in their studio.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My first few years in Los Angeles felt a little hard to find a creative community that I resonated with.
Saying no to generic projects with bigger budgets and saying yes to more artistic and life-giving collaborations has changed the way how I experience Los Angeles.
The music industry is in a weird place right now. The creation of music is being cheapend and “genetically modified”. I’m still fighting against the Spirit of Time, creating an organic space for music and art.
I used to think that light is more powerful than darkness, but the truth is that humans and our culture is driven by greed and we make most decisions based on money. Music and Art is the only voice that can bring change.
But nowadays our voice as artists is being so influenced by all the content that is being force-fed to us.
My biggest challenge is to find new ways to make the creation of art sustainable so that we can keep doing what we are doing, creating spaces for positive change.
My biggest challenge is to find collaborators that understand how to partner with an idea and being a channel, a vehicle for love and not capitalism.
Tell us more about your work.
My daily is artist development & creative direction, bringing creative projects to the finish line and ready for release. I specialize in sound healing and frequency work. I’m working on a 432hz documentary to make this subject matter more accessible to the future of content creators.
Frequency is science and not just some New Age woh woh shit… My specialty is to neutralize negative matter in spaces so people can connect with themselves without the external influences of disharmonic molecular structures, in the studio, on set or at an event. With “ceremonial” music & art we can shift a room into a place of healing and connectivity that’s crucial for the future of humanity.
All Photos by Aalok Bala
All artwork by Bala Mandala