the def-ə-ni-shən – band
1. the act of defining or making distinct, or clear
2. statement conveying fundamental character
3. distinctness and accuracy of sound
4. determination of the limits
The Definition is an eclectic collection of musicians hailing from the city of Detroit whose sound is as culturally diverse as their surroundings and backgrounds. They are a band that can fit into many genres but cannot be confined to just one. They believe that their blend of rock, hip-hop and classical music is exactly what the music world needs right now.
Most people would consider a Hip-Hop Lyricist and a classically trained Cellist an odd combination, but to front man Martin Malota and cellist Jeff Ehrinpreis it was ingenious. The two teamed up in 2008, forming The Definition, and set out with one goal in mind; to change music forever. By combining Malota’s unique, free verse poetry with Ehrinpreis’ original compositions, they created a fresh, new style unlike anything ever seen before in music. In order to complete their vision, they sought like-minded, talented musicians who would be as passionate about the project as they were. With the addition of Drummer Derek Buford and Bassist Kamau Inaede, The Definition was complete and ready to share their creation with the world.
The energetic front man for The Definition is Martin Malota, aka MOLA1. MOLA1 weaves confident battle raps and storytelling, bringing the audience into his life and his heart within each song. With profound lyrics that could be published as divine poetry, a striking stage presence and passionate delivery, MOLA1 makes a case for himself to become one of the best rappers of all time.
Electric cellist Jeff Ehrinpreis, aka Pri$e, is the one and only musician of his kind. He produces seemingly impossible melodies worthy of the symphony seconds before diving into riffs hard enough to satisfy any rock enthusiast. Pri$e bounces from wah-wah to distortion pedals, plucking and bowing his way through each song as if his life depends on it.
On the bass is Kamau Inaede. The meaning of his name, Quiet Warrior in Kikuyu, lends itself perfectly to his style. He's not flashy or boastful, but rock solid and can't let you escape without feeling struck by his bass lines. His subtle performance adds a layer of depth to the already immersive sound The Definition produces.
Drummer Derek Buford, aka Bama, is known as one of the most talented and respected drummers in Michigan. Bama makes drumming to be about more than keeping rhythmic timing. With his hard hitting beats complemented by his intricate fills, Bama is the foundation that the band stands on and the audience claps and stomps their feet to. He transforms drumming into its own art form.
The Definition exemplifies what can happen when raw talent meets dedication.
“The Definition is not the meaning, meaning it’s not the reason we named the group after a theme on the spot, but rather when we’re on top there ain’t a question. Mark the start of the beginning, call the D on the block The Definition.” – The Pendulum