The surge of new music from local artists this February keeps coming, and trust me when I say, there’s plenty more in the pipeline! Today, 5th February sees the release of Mel Muryn’s debut 3 track EP “One More Night” through Howl Records.
You may remember Mel; 11 months ago when live music was allowed to go ahead, Mel was a regular at various Open Mic Nights, including our very own Antix Open Mic at the Globe Inn, Somerton. With her powerful vocals matched with unique synths and keys, putting her own twist on popular covers, and the occasional original thrown in for good measure, Mel is certainly one to watch in the local scene.
We caught up with Mel to talk all things “One More Night”, and the future in a post COVID world.
Frazer Mitchell; Hey Mel, long time no see! How have you been since March last year?
Mel Muryn; Hi Frazer, pretty stressful year for all of us. I’ve been very Fortunate as I’ve continued to work through lockdown.
FM; As someone who liked to get out and about at weekends, and someone who never declined a gig, you must be pulling your hair out currently!
Mel; I have none left!! 😂I really miss gigging and the open mic scene. I’ve made some beautifully talented friends I really miss them so much. Sending love to them all xx
FM; What caught our eye today was the release of your debut EP, “One More Night” which came out today (5th February) - this must be an exciting moment for you. What was the process behind it? When and where were these songs written and recorded?
Mel; I’m very excited to be releasing my debut EP and it’s my mums 75th today “Happy Birthday mum” I wrote “One more night” in the first lockdown “Life” and “You” are a few years old now. I had the privilege to record with Elijah Wolf who also plays guitars and bass on two of the tracks. Ryan which is Elijah’s right hand-man produced, mixed and played drums also on the tracks
FM; It’s a cool sounding EP; seeing you live several times I sort of knew what to expect, but for those who haven’t seen you live, how would you describe the style of music on the EP? Does it have a theme running through the songs? Who were your influences?
Mel; Thank you for your comment. I would best describe my music as anthemic and passionate I don’t have any influences but I’ve been brought up listening to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin. My favourite music is rock and I love QOTSA, RHCP also I love old-skool dance and electronic music especially the Prodigy.
FM; So with lockdown, and not being able to socialise, I assume you’ve had a lot more downtime - have you been putting this to good use and writing lots of music? Can we expect EP #2 anytime soon?
Mel; I will definitely be recording later in the year hopefully with Elijah. I will be releasing “Cry” which I sang on Come Dine With Me I’ve had many requests for this song. I’ve written many songs through lockdown a couple have a country and western fill to them.
FM; Another question I’ve been asking people recently is what music have you been listening to in the last 11 months? Personally I’ve been going back to my teenage / emo stage, but others have found new undiscovered music; what artists have you been listening to, and who do you think we should be listening to?
Mel; I listen to local musicians and I think we all need to support our local musicians there is such great talent out there
FM; I couldn't agree more actually! At some stage, the UK will come out of lockdown and things will go back to some sort of “normality”; have you got a plan for after lockdown? Will you be hunting for lots of gigs, or being selective and spending more time in the studio releasing music?
Mel; Would love to get gigging again just before 2nd lockdown I joined a dummer and Guitarist so hopefully team up with them. Also I will be spending more time on originals and promoting myself and releasing new material
FM; Thanks Mel for chatting with us today, and I wish you the best for the EP!
Mel; Thank you Frazer lovely chatting to you!
You can #GetInvolved and listen here to Mel’s debut EP “One More Night”, and follow her on Facebook.
Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network