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Interview with Melxdie
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I initially took the first step into music professionally, but I would say that my entire life I was surrounded by music and musicians. My dad and his brothers were famous musicians in Peru and continue to gain recognition as the love for music has been passed down to my cousins living there as well as myself and my family in North America. Before music, I was actually in school to be a nurse and it just wasn’t for me… but to be honest, even if I followed through with nursing school, I think music would live in my life somehow even if I was “pursuing” it professionally.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
When I’m not doing music, I love to dance, film and edit videos. I think this influences my music because I love to create cool visuals to my songs, and I love to create music that makes your body want to move in some shape or form whether it be sensually, hip-hop or contemporary so I think dancing really helps me to inspire music. I always say that if my body starts moving to a song without me realizing, it’s a good sign.
How long has your band been around?
I’ve been making music ever since I was 18 years old.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I’m based out of LA currently however, I was born in raised in Toronto. Living in Toronto was/is great because you’re surrounded by diversity. It really encourages you to embrace your authenticity and to speak freely about your roots and be proud of where you came from without the fear of judgement or being alienated. It’s like a melting pot and I find that very inspiring because not many places are like that at all.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
I came up with the name “Melxdie” because my actual name is Melodie, but I decided to add the x instead of an o because 1. Kisses are better than hugs and 2. It gives my name a sense of edgy-ness to it and even though I am very soft spoken even growing up, embodying that alter ego of having my name with an X helped me embody a more bad-ass version of myself.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
My most memorable show would have to be in performing at Rebel with Stefflon Don and Mavado. The whole crowd was huge, so engaged and the vibes were just immaculate.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
I’ve always dreamed of playing at Tomorrow Land, Madison Square Garden and/or Coachella!
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Oh man this is a good question.. I would definitely bring Mavado back out, he’s a legend. I would definetly bring Cardi B, Doja Cat, Kehlani… my fave producer/DJ “The Kemist” and Brick and Lace for sure.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
If there’s any advice I’d give is… Be you. You don’t necessarily have to have it all figured out… but as long as you’re listening to yourself and are okay with yourself, then that’s all that matters. At the end of the day, you have to live with the decisions you make so just make sure they’re authentic to you.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
If I could go back in time, I would just tell myself to trust myself more and to stop being afraid of speaking up.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Life events and experience definitely helps inspired the music I create. Also being surrounded by my writing team The Kemist, Kham Mcpherson, and Nyanda Thorbourne during the process really brings the energy and makes it that much more fun.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Growing up and even still I find it hard to articulate how I’m feeling sometimes and putting them into words. I found music and poetry to help me do that. I think if there’s anything I want to give to someone through my music is the feeling that if they can’t articulate it, then they can at least feel it through the music whether it be happiness, dance, sensuality, heartbreak, anger, confidence… I want to be able to give people a voice and to feel like they’re not alone in their experiences.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Sometimes there’s disagreements, but I think it’s necessary sometimes. I don’t know everything and that’s why I have a team to help me understand things that I don’t. To be honest, I was so against releasing my song “Empanadas” at first. But, my managers didn’t agree with me and encouraged me to take a chance on myself. To this day, I’m glad I listened to them and I’m glad they pushed me out of my comfort zone because it was a key part In the evolution of my artistry.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I’m so excited to be releasing new music very soon. There’s a lot in store in the near future and I can’t wait to share it with you all!
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