Kwetsima Maluleke a.k.a ECHLN (pronounced echelon) is a South African born musical artist, music producer and audio engineer. He was born and raised in Pretoria and now lives in Cape Town.
As a child, he has always liked the music. As he got older, he realized that most, if not all the songs he liked were produced by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. Starting from the ‘Justified’ album by Justin Timberlake. This, together with Pharrell’s debut album ‘In My Mind’ made him pay more attention to music and how it’s made. 2009 was the year he took music seriously and in 2014, he attended SAE Institute Cape Town where he obtained Higher Certificate in Sound Engineering and Bachelor Arts of Sound Production. He now works at Red Bull Studios Cape Town as an intern audio engineer.
His stage name draws inspiration from The Jet Age of Tomorrow’s album ‘Journey to the 5th Echelon”. The stage name was originally ‘5th Echelon’ but was later shortened to ‘ECHLN’. He uses Reason as his main D.A.W and his sound can be best described as Dance, R&B and Soul because of the chord progressions, with some percussive and rhythm inspirations from The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo).