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MELD

Nashville, TN | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | INDIE

Nashville, TN | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2016
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MELD @ The High Watt

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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MELD @ Corks & More

Ithaca, New York, United States

Ithaca, New York, United States

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MELD @ Funk 'N Waffles

Syracuse, New York, United States

Syracuse, New York, United States

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MELD, a promising new indie/R&B artist out of Nashville, takes a big leap into the world of electronic music with the release of this energetic remix from Felice of her track “Leaving You Out.” The remix comes to us as the second single from MELD’s upcoming remix album, H.U.R.T. – The Remixes, set for release on April 20.

Felice’s energetic and musical idea for this remix blends well with MELD’s voice, which is already full of soul and emotion, and adds a whole new dimension to her work. As an exciting follow up to her 2017 debut, MELD explains the idea behind her diverse remix EP.

“I wanted the remix album to show a range of musical expressions,” she says. “I gave each remixer full artistic license over their remix, and essentially told them to create from their hearts. Starting with Felice’s DnB-inspired take on “Leaving You Out,” the album explores lots of genres including pop, hip-hop, ambient, and neo-soul (to name a few.) This project has shown me that there’s a really beautiful mutual inspiration that happens when you give somebody creative freedom over your work.”

Look for MELD out on tour in the southwestern United States later in spring, following the release of the album. - Dancing Astronaut


“MELD is fresh on the scene, but you best believe the waves she’s making are big. “Easy on the Game” is rich with soul. MELD’s sound is straight-up comforting, a thing we all need more of these days.” - Hayden Leland, Staff Writer, Nylon - Nylon Magazine


Nashville songwriter Melanie Dewey’s recent transformation to the musical alias MELD marks an evolution in identity that couldn’t be more aptly titled. By all accounts, here is an artist that isn’t afraid to break down the boundaries that too often limit and confine. The result is a soulful alchemy, a synthesis between electronic and traditional elements that blur the lines between past and present, balancing atmosphere with grounded force. More than anything, her voice trail-blazes through the layers, a velvet beacon that can swell from a lull to crescendos of power in a matter of seconds.

The songwriter has played in a variety of musical outfits over the years, and the culmination of MELD emboldens one of her strongest constants throughout: art for the sake of love. There is an undeniable honesty palpable in each breath, words that tumble from a wishing well of love that will never go dry.

BTRtoday sat down to talk about MELD’s upcoming single, “Easy on the Game,” which will be out on Spotify, Soundcloud, and iTunes on Nov 11th, and what this new musical chapter might reveal in the days ahead.

BTRtoday: For a long time you’ve created music under your name, Melanie Dewey, but a few days ago you announced a new step in your musical evolution. What is MELD, and what does this rebirth signify for you?

Melanie Dewey (MD): The evolution is about a lot of things. Firstly, it’s about my desire to fearlessly take on new and challenging personal roles within the scope of my music. As much as I will always love my birth name and appreciate the musical spaces it guided me through, it always felt more like a songwriter’s name than the name of a band or a collective project. I am a songwriter of course–but I know there’s so much more to be explored within the realms of art and sound. I want to be at the frontline, diving into the messy and vibrant creation of it all.

BTR: Why MELD?

MD: I chose MELD as the artist name to lead the charge because the literal meaning of the word resonates deeply with me and what I’ve been learning in the past few years of my life. It was my way of carrying nature’s concepts of oneness, unity, collaboration and fusion with me, to serve as a reminder whenever I am creating. With MELD, the goal is to create a fully-immersive and emotional experience for everyone involved.

“If my sound could be described in colors, it would be maroon, deep purple, and teal–melting into earthy greens, blues and browns. If it could be described in feelings, it would be naked honesty met with acceptance. It’s animal and primal, but in a gentle and curious way.”
I believe everyone is truly eclectic and complex by nature; I wanted to find a way to celebrate that instead of trying to place myself in a mold. Ultimately with this name, MELD, I feel like I don’t have to apologize for being eclectic. I can be everything I want to be, that I am meant to be, and that I was. I can just BE.

BTR: Genres aside, how would you describe this new sound?

MD: I think my songs capture the feeling of walking the line between nature and nurture. As we explore nature, it envelopes us and fills us with questions of existence. Like the very cells we came from, we are rapidly expanding and awakening. Yet nature also gave us nurture to slow us down and relax us. With our bodies we’re able to love and create warmth. We can heal ourselves, and meditate and sing through the confusion.

When I write my songs, I always begin with a question. And then, as the song transforms, I imagine that I am taming the question, and pushing past that point into the refreshment and comfort of nurture. That is how I want my songs to feel to the listener as well.

If my sound could be described in colors, it would be maroon, deep purple, and teal–melting into earthy greens, blues and browns. If it could be described in feelings, it would be naked honesty met with acceptance. It’s animal and primal, but in a gentle and curious way.

BTR: After playing in New York for years you made the move to Nashville. What was that transition like for your songwriting? Has the musical heritage of the city steeped into your songs?

MD: Ironically, when I wasn’t in Nashville I was writing country/folk inspired music. Then, once I moved to Nashville and saw how saturated it was with people aspiring to write top 40 songs, I realized that as much as I respect the craft, it’s not me. The coolest part about Nashville, is all the hidden pockets that it holds… and that’s what I wanted to explore. Maybe it’s the jam band kid in me, but the city of Nashville itself feels like one big improvisational song constantly building on itself. There are so many incredible small musical scenes to find if you look hard enough. After two years of immersing myself and following the beat of the collective drum, I have just finally started to find those pockets that feel like home.

I’m so grateful there is a thriving jam band and soul scene here, and it’s beautiful how they overlap. That alone has helped to shape my sound in ways I probably haven’t even fully realized yet.

In regards to the roots of Nashville, what has steeped into my music is the musical honesty and integrity from artists like Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Kris Kristofferson. I will always love an honest, stripped down lyric, and that is what built this city. It’s amazing to realize the history I’m lucky enough to be a part of.

BTR: Tell me a little bit about your newest single, “Easy on the Game.” How did it come together?

MD: The song itself came to fruition when I was playing with my loop pedal about a year ago. In fact, it’s actually the first song I wrote on my looping station. I turned on my Yamaha M06, found a vintage Rhodes sound, three chords that felt good (which I later found out are the same chords in “Althea” by The Grateful Dead), a simple R&B beat that I liked, and then I started singing over it. The melodies, harmonies and lyrics all stacked pretty seamlessly, and then after jamming for a long time over the chords for the bridge I settled into the idea of a musical interlude/bridge, which you’ll hear on the final recording as well.

“Even if the song has a sad or lonely tinge to it, suddenly knowing that someone else has walked through the same darkness you have makes it seem a little less dim.”
Since it’s birth, the song has truly felt like a continuously spinning wheel of musical ideas. It was also the very first song my producer Matt and I touched upon in the studio together, and now it’s going to be my first single. Hopefully it continues to loop into the world and touch even more spaces when it’s released this November.

BTR: The words seem personal, but also speak to a longing much larger. What kind of headspace were you in while writing the lyrics?

MD: I wrote the song about some feelings of frustration and sadness I was experiencing towards a lover at the time, but it’s truly blossomed into being a lot more about humanity, and brotherhood in general. There are simply some bonds we make in life that are sacred from the moment they’re made.
Learning how to honor those bonds though, especially on this earth, is a whole new challenge.

When we’re handed something so deeply honest and rare, I think fear can start to take over. Much like a mother to her child, or a twin to its flame… we are suddenly a vital part of the most beautiful thing we’ve ever seen and we don’t want to mess it up, or muddy it for the honest thing it is. It’s all so pure and free in the beginning, and then we have to learn human acceptance and coexistence and understanding. We have to learn how to be unconditionally loving, but also stand up for ourselves.

But there is a balance, and there is a way to do that. It just takes two. That’s what this song is about. It’s about the battle between one person who is willing to accept the dark sides of someone they love unconditionally, and how they seem to only meet resistance, lack of communication, or dishonesty from the other side. It’s my song about standing up to your fears in love, and being a warrior for acceptance.

BTR: What does storytelling mean to you as a songwriter?

MD: To me, storytelling within music has this ability unlike almost anything else–to transport anyone from a negative space into a positive and optimistic space. Even if the song has a sad or lonely tinge to it, suddenly knowing that someone else has walked through the same darkness you have makes it seem a little less dim.

I believe it’s those small moments of art revival, that give us boosts of hope to keep moving forward.

BTR: When can listeners expect to hear a full length release from MELD, and what’s in store for the rest of the year?

MD: Well, there will definitely be a full EP released very early 2017 (probably somewhere near my birthday so it can be released during Aquarius season). And I’m also currently in the concept stage of working on filming a music video for “Easy On The Game.” We’re aiming for a mid- December release of the video.

As for live performances, I’ll be having my single and EP release parties down here in Nashville, but I am making plans to do holiday shows at home in Syracuse, NY, and to do a full east coast tour (and hopefully a small west coast tour as well) this March and April in support of the EP.

The thing I might be most excited about though, are the visual artists I am planning on teaming up with for this juncture. I’ll be working closely with some incredible visual artists from all over the states (NY, PA, WA, TN, NC, AZ, etc.) to create a fully immersive art experience. The goal is to have one artist illustration per song on my EP. I will then take the designs on the road with me and sell them for commission, and also possibly feature them in my album art. Ultimately, I hope to have live painters and performance artists at some of my shows… but that’s something to look forward to a bit further down the road.

Either way, whatever the future melds into, I’ll find a way to make art out of it. - BTRToday


Syracuse-born singer-songwriter Melanie Dewey, known as MELD these days, made the jump to Nashville in 2014 and hasn’t looked back. The Jan. 27 release of her EP H.U.R.T. marked Dewey’s next career step; it’s an album she calls “cinematic R&B” regarding its unusual mix of soul and electronica.

“The overarching theme is healing,” she says about her album’s message. “H.U.R.T. stands for ‘healing under rising truth.’ On the cover I have a flower over my one eye and the other eye is crying. The makeup artist did tears around my neck and back up to the flower, so I’m watering myself. The theme is that from pain can arise great beauty and growth. We might not know it at the time, but healing ourselves through that moment, it happens. I think the songs speak to that truth as well.”

Dewey’s songs propose an interesting juxtaposition. They’re undeniably pop with heavy synths, modern effects and expert production. But the subject matter isn’t just bubble gum. It’s actually condemning fluff, to ripping the soul from the art or disregarding the poet in the corner. Here’s a sample:

“’Cause what happened to lyrics/ that taught us that love wasn’t solely possessive?/ What happened to being progressive/ writing out truth for the human collective?/ Since when is it about what we collected/ quarter to quarter what we writes an investment/ But art lives and breathes through expression/ maybe that’s why the radio’s dying/ ’Cause if you put a science behind it/ All that you’re left with is cold calculation/ Lines that are stolen/ Cliches about minds that are scattered/ And hearts that are broken/ Where is the poet?/ He’s playing for free/ at the cafe but would you even go in?/ Are you scared of his thoughts?/ Scared to be taught something more than you already know?”

Dewey started on piano as a child, studied opera and was even offered a full ride to college. But instead of riding the opera wave, she chose to attend University of Miami, where she studied songwriting and music industry.

“Miami had jazz and other contemporary programs,” she says. “Something in my gut told me to go there. I wouldn’t be the songwriter I am today having not gone there. I’m very grateful.”

Dewey worked with Rey Sanchez, director of the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program, as well as a professional guitarist and musical director for Latin superstar Chayanne. “He heard me do a few songs when I auditioned and told me to go back and keep writing,” she says. “He let me in when my writing improved. I had to show my chops.”

The program had students experiment with writing musical styles through the decades, trying out each in order to help students find their own voice. “Any week I would write a song in the style of Etta James or Joni Mitchell or the Grateful Dead or Guns N’ Roses. You got to experiment with all the different forms. It might seem confusing, but it just helped you find your sound.”

Dewey graduated in 2014 and moved back to Syracuse to recharge. The adjustment from college to the real world was difficult, however.
“I have anxiety, but it was pretty bad after I graduated,” she says. “All of a sudden, I had to make music my career. It wasn’t just for fun or assignments anymore. It was something they didn’t, or couldn’t, really prepare us for.”

But Dewey took the time in Syracuse to focus on writing and finding her sound. Although she had done country music in the past, she didn’t like the way the industry was going commercially. So she relocated to Nashville in September 2014, a move she doesn’t regret for an instant.
“Moving was really empowering,” she says. “I faced a lot of my fears. I got up and did it. Staying in Syracuse was staying in a comfort zone. I had this moment, sitting in my new room, where I was feeling super Zen and just thinking, ‘I’m a bad ass. I did this.’ I beat anxiety without any medication. The only way to get past our fears is to just face them. It’s been unfolding since then.”

Dewey gravitated toward a more soulful rhythm’n’blues sound that is fully explored on H.U.R.T. Although mostly headed by Dewey on songwriting, keys and vocals and her producer Matt Harris, who also played drums, the EP features nine other players that bring all kinds of sounds to the table. The arrangements highlight everyone, especially sax from Paul Violante and the horn section on “Leaving You Out” (Josh Blaylock, Jovan Quallo and Kevin Griffin). The songs walk a fine line between comfortingly familiar and completely new and different, a true challenge for a songwriter to accomplish.

Dewey has toured to promote her disc and plans to take it to the Salt City in late spring or early summer. “I love being home and playing in Syracuse,” she says. “There’s nothing like playing for people who love you unconditionally.”

H.U.R.T. is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Soundcloud and YouTube. - Syracuse New Times


We at No Country love alerting you to new artists on the rise, and today we’d like to introduce you to MELD, the new moniker of singer-songwriter Melanie Dewey. Melanie creates songs that encompass a wide range of genres from soul to americana, and her vivacious and loving spirit is found all throughout her music and the artistic goals she has set out to accomplish in Music City. Since moving to Nashville two years ago from Upstate New York, she has played venues all over town, and recently turned heads in Music City Big Break Competition that was held at Mercy Lounge.

Today, MELD is celebrating the release of her debut single under the new moniker, “Easy On The Game,” which uses three strong and prominent chords, played with a vintage Rhodes sound on her Yamaha, to carry the tune from start to finish. What began as a song about an ex-boyfriend has flourished and blossomed into a funky and melodic rally call for humanity to come together, a sentiment that rings all too true this week as we recover from an intense election night. MELD is set to celebrate the single release with a show at Tennessee Brew Works on Saturday Nov. 12 starting at 4pm. - No Country For New Nashville


A few months ago, we introduced you to new local singer MELD, and her infectious single “Easy on the Game.” Spearheaded by local songwriter Melanie Dewey, who teamed up with Matt Harris of Nashville livetronica band Zoogma to bring her debut EP H.U.R.T. to life, the album dabbles in pop, R&B, and alt-soul in a way that combines the rising neo-soul and alt pop of today’s music with the timeless sensibilities of the great musicians of the past. The album’s title, which is an acronym for “Healing Under Rising Truth” is also relevant in today’s political climate, and sees the young songwriter exploring her feelings of love for all, including self love.

Click below to stream the EP for yourself, and head out to The Basement tonight, Jan. 30 for her official release party with Whoa Dakota, Katie Pruitt, and Vinyl Sunday. - No Country For New Nashville


MELD is the moniker of Nashville songwriter Melanie Dewey. She dropped her EP, H.U.R.T, a little over a month ago and this single comes to us from that release. “Easy on the Game” sets Dewey’s caramelly vocals against an R&B backdrop, heavy on the B. I can easily imagine this single wafting atop the smoke in some nightclub, but MELD has a contemporary take that will suit both modern listeners and old school soul fans alike. Give “Easy on the Game” by MELD a listen below and, if you dig what you’re hearing, venture into the full EP (available here). - YabYum West


Discography

Easy On The Game (Single - 2016)
Produced by: Matt Harris and Melanie Dewey
Mixed and Engineered by: Matt Harris, Nashville, TN
Mastered by: Matt Harris, Nashville, TN

H.U.R.T. (EP - 2017) 
Produced by: Matt Harris and Melanie Dewey
Mixed and Engineered by: Matt Harris, Nashville, TN
Mastered by: Matt Harris, Nashville, TN

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MELD's music is an eclectic soulful journey. Drawing inspiration from several genres, Progressive Soul/Jazz, Jam band music, with a tinge of theatricality, she has created a unique fusion of musical elements often referred to as "UniverSoul." People have likened her performance to that of a "modern day" Janis Joplin meets Hiatus Kaiyote. 

In January of 2017, Nashville-based artist MELD released her debut EP "H.U.R.T." (Healing Under Rising Truth.) The 5-song work was produced by Matt Harris of Livetronica band, Zoogma, and can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Tidal, YouTube and more. Her single "Easy On The Game" received nods from Nylon Magazine, BTRToday, No Country for New Nashville, YabYum Arts, Syracuse New Times, and several other publications- ultimately landing the single on Hype Machine. The "H.U.R.T." remix album was released on April 20th, 2018, with collaborations and remixes by FeliceSAER, ARTIST X, Spaceship EarthWaterchild, and Batavia. The albums first single “Leaving You Out (Felice Remix)” was premiered on renowned EDM blog, Dancing Astronaut, and the full album was featured on We Rave You on release day. As of August 2018, the single has reached over 170K listens on Spotify.
 

The release of the remix album kicked off the first half of MELD's 2018 full-band summer tour, starting at Music On The Mothership Music Festival in Taos, NM. From there, the group traveled to Arizona, Utah, and Colorado, where they ended the first half of the tour at Sonic Bloom Music Festival. Additionally, MELD has played festivals and shows in Tennesseee, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, California, Maine, Georgia, DC, and Florida (where she graduated with honors from the Bruce Hornsby Program at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.) Most recently, MELD opened for Funk/Jam band The Main Squeeze in her hometown Nashville, TN at Exit/In. In previous solo projects, MELD (aka Melanie Dewey,) has had the opportunity to share the stage with Maggie Rose, Teddy Geiger, and jam bands Brothers Past, and Zoogma, briefly touring with the latter in February of 2016 for their "New Era" tour.

With a fierce passion for the wellness of Mother Earth, and protecting the environment, MELD works hard to use her music as a platform to support environmentally friendly inititatives whenever she can. In 2018 alone, MELD's "Gaia Getdown" series in Nashville raised $1500+ for charities such as The Sierra Club, Coalition for Clean Air, Red Cross (benefitting wildfire victims,) Urban Green Lab, and OceanAid. MELD aims to continue these initiatives with the launch of her upcoming debut full length album, due out in Spring of 2019. 

Overall, MELD aims to promote vulnerability, and open hearts with her eclectic approach. She takes inspiration from the colorful era of the 60's, and progressive, boundary-breaking artists such as The Grateful Dead, Phish, Papadosio, Snarky Puppy, Laura Mvula, Hiatus Kaiyote, Janis Joplin, Rubblebucket, Becca Stevens, Tedeschi-Trucks, and more. Her mission as an artist, is to honor and acknowledge the validity of all musical processes, players, genres, and storytelling methods - while fearlessly 'melding' them together. In promoting the oneness of all things, MELD stands for fusion, acceptance, collaboration, diversity, and above all, fearless love of self, and others. 

MELD's debut full length album is set to be released in May 2019, and was recently fully funded on Kickstarter this past November.  

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