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Meet Malik Dugan of The Downsides in Antelope Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Malik Dugan.

Malik, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
The Downsides is a punk n blues band from the Antelope Valley that formed in 2018 with the original member’s Cole Patterson and Dylan Rivetti, and Malik Dugan joining the band about a year later with them struggling to find a permanent drummer. We all grew up playing shows and touring together, but all through separate bands and acts. Even more importantly, we’ve all been friends since we were younger, which made it very natural for us to get along and vibe together as a band. In those two years since forming, The Downsides has dropped a self-titled EP, a music video, some live sessions and a couple of amazing singles. We’ve had the pleasure of touring our favorite cities, playing shows with bands that we grew up listening to and also gotten to meet a bunch of amazing artists who are on the same journey as us! A journey that is far from over.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s a yes and no, kind of answer. The fact that we have all had experience in touring, business, meeting people throughout the years and being in bands that try to take it further than just local has def had a lot of help with us starting things on a more smooth path. Of course, with every smooth road comes a bumpy path though, and we’ve had our handful of those, one of our most memorable one is when we went out on our first tour and our van got broken into in Reno, NV. Our bassist Cole gotten his bass stolen and we spent the rest of the tour stressed out trying to figure how we were going to continue and get the glass window fixed before coming home. Luckly, Cole had a family friend up in Nevada that let us use his bass for the rest of the tour. Another common struggle we have had is just trying to balance working, paying bills and investing in our craft all in one. I feel as though every band has had this problem throughout history, but its extra hard cause ever member of The Downside works in the music industry in one way or another, we are always surrounded by our dreams and ambitions, almost like a smack to the face at times.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
We are a band, but even more importantly a brand. We specialize in making catchy music that sells and performing those songs with more energy and heart than most artists around us. (It’s honestly a beautiful thing to watch). Our job is to get the audience aware of who we are. I am also very proud of our love for our community. In the Antelope Valley sometimes it’s hard to get other bands or business to work with you and collab on things, but we still try to make it a priority to support as many local acts and businesses there are to work with in the AV. That’s only if they want to work with us of course. Our latest collab is with this awesome donut shop called “Monster Donuts”. They were actually just voted best donut shop in the AV of 2020, so we are stoked to work with them! We are doing a pop up with them on Oct. 3rd. where they made a special custom “The Downsides Donuts” that looks amazing(All Vegan). They will be selling them and we will be there to promote some new singles that we are going to be releasing that same month. We love doing stuff like this and want to continue to uplift our community any way possible.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I wouldn’t really call any of it luck, but more of a trial and error thing. We all grew up experiencing failure in some shape or form with our previous bands and ventures, but we also learned so much from those failures that we knew how to approach the future of our music better we are still learning from recent mistakes too, as music evolves so should you. I believe it was fate, not luck that brought us together as a band. The odds of us all reconnecting after all those years were low. The odds of us all working in the same industry after not seeing each other after so long were even lower, but it happened and we all reconnected. I think that’s fate, not luck. We aren’t just bandmates we’ve become brothers. These are the people who will be at my family functions for the rest of my and their lives.

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Vencent Biegel. Rianne Garrido, Amanda Bebault

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