He was introduced to the world of music through Fabio Giovanni Malacarne, a musician from Villa Verucchio, who was his guitar teacher. Together the two formed a group in 1984 called "I Fibra." The group would locate their performances mainly in pubs in the Rimini area, and played covers of U2, Simple Minds and Lucio Battisti.
In 1990, Patrizia Rabitti, introduced them to her husband, Mario Flores, owner of Heaven Studios, a large recording studio based in Rimini.
Here began a period of auditioning with various record companies in Milan, until in 1992 he recorded his first album "La figlia del re."
A curiosity, for example, is the fact that it was Patrizia Rabitti who was the originator of the surname of art "Malatesta," as she was a student of history and, instead, Filippo lived in Verucchio, a town known for the Malatesta lineage, and was in the habit of calling him "Filippo Malatesta."
The year of 1992 also saw the singer-songwriter's first television appearance on the program Canzoniere dell'estate , in which he sang "La figlia del re." In the years to come he was a regular guest on Red Ronnie's Roxy Bar program and began a tour that would touch clubs throughout Italy.
In 1994 he recorded his second album having as producer Corrado Rustici, the same producer as Zucchero and Elisa and to which he gave the name: Malatesta in San Francisco, USA, where the singer spent 6 months.
In 1997, following the production of "The King of Three" , Filippo Malatesta left the record company Visa Records due to disagreements regarding the artistic choices of productions.