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Fast Five: Melic



How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?

Steve (my brother; on bass guitar) and I had always planned to meet up in London to start a band and write some music together. When I first arrived in the big smoke, I ran into Andrew, an old school friend – we had found our drummer! We were then searching for two final members, a piano/keyboard player and a saxophonist – enter Romy, who played both – Bonus! Randomly, I met Romy en route to London, when travelling in Laos!

Melic is an old Greek word that means ‘intended to be sung’ – we figured that was appropriate enough for our band name and quite liked the word. Sorted.

How would you describe your music?

We’d describe it as the middle ground naturally found when four very different musicians with different influences write music together. The band writes such a diverse range of songs so it’s hard to describe as a categorised sound. When we’re jamming, if it’s working and has a great groove, we’ll let it go wherever it’s heading, disregarding any genre boundaries or structure limitations. Our music is sometimes referred to as alternative progressive rock.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

So far, a few highlights would be; we’ve independently released three EP’s, performed at many UK venues and festivals, toured New Zealand, and have a single that has had a good amount of radio airplay scattered all around the world. Last year Melic won ‘Best Overall Band’ in the UK Unsigned Awards, run by Play Music Magazine. We’ve since been signed by Beatnik Geek Records and are very excited about releasing our debut album middle of this year. Also coming up we have festival performances this summer including Cornbury Festival (with Van Morrison, The Proclaimers, Keane etc), in Oxfordshire and the IPO Festival, in Liverpool – plus an array of London and regional UK shows.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, or Glen Hansard from the Swell Season/The Frames. Wow – that would be awesome!

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Incubus – Make Yourself. This album reminds me of the final years of high school; the opening wave of independence, enjoying having a drivers licence and going to parties. The music is brilliant, and in my opinion it’s the band’s best album. I don’t think I’ll ever be sick of it.