Artist Interview: MELo V
Tell us about yourself and your music
Hey my name is Vincent Thomas a.k.a MELo V. I am a Singer, Songwriter & Engineer from Elizabeth New Jersey. One thing about me is that I’m eager to journey wherever my imagination leads me. What separates me from similar artists is my past experiences and my struggle. Being the eldest of 4 & the only boy, i took the place of that male figure that was absent in my sisters’ lives. Due to this, I use empathy to create lyrics that are relatable to everyone.
Talk to us more about your latest release
Unlike previous albums, I present a new style of music to my listeners; “Telly Bear Sextrumentals”. Combining soul, alternative pop and jazz into one sound to penetrate hearts. This album is memorable not only because of its release date (7.7.17), but it is soul gripping and tranquilizing. The number 7 is the seeker, the thinker, the searcher of Truth (notice the capital “T”). The 7 doesn’t take anything at face value — with this being said, I took the significance of the number 7 and symbolized it by showing my audience that there is more that lies beneath a person than what is shown to you, whether it be intellectual or sexual. From its unique animated album cover to my lyrical choice of words, this album displays my sensual side and artistic imagination. Wanting my fans to see a more tasteful side of me, I present a vivid storyline that anyone no matter their sexual orientation, can recreate its interpretations to fit their character. What separates me from the typical R&B artist, is that I use art to bring my music to life to help listeners visualize the stories told through my lyrics.
What inspired you to write this release?
I was on a fun run I’d like to say, where at this point in my life I was just having fun enjoying life and the women that came with it lol. I released 2 videos, the first called “Killin Dat Thing” which debuted on World Star Hip Hop. Shortly after, I released “Can’t Be”, which got a write up from Hip Hop DX and was publish by Head of Hype Magazine, CEO “Just Jay”. Both of which I did tours for in ATL. After my second run in ATL with “Can’t Be” and the release of the video, I started to get responses from both women & men requesting to hear more slow & sexy, after hearing the sequel of “Can’t Be”, “If I Cry”. Wanting to give my fans and supporters what they requested, I headed home to my studio, locked in to brainstorm ( I don’t use pen & pad) and thats how “Telly Bear Sextrumentals” was born.
Any plans to release a video?
Videos are coming the top of 1ST quarter
Any plans to hit the road?
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
There are lots of affective ways to brand yourself. I chose to stay up close and personal with the supporters I connect with, sending merchandise and exclusives to all my music. This helps build a closer relationship with my supporters.
Who have you been listening to lately?
To be honest, I try to stay in my own lane. I listen to the radio from time to time but I’m usually so consumed with perfecting my own craft and helping to develop others artists, with what I’ve learned,
Tell us about your passions
My Family, if I didn’t have the love and support of my family who knows where I’d be. I used to hustle back in my town. Luckily, God spared my life and stirred my path. Most importantly, that changed when my daughter was born.
What else is happening next in your world?
Continuous hustle. I feel like I’m so close to achieving my goals in music so I can’t let up. This is what I was born to do.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Vincent!
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