Getting To Know Melvin J
Hi Melvin! Care to introduce yourself to our readers? Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
Hi there! My name is Melvin or Melvin J and I’m a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer based out of Chennai, South India. Currently I’m into R&B, Jazz, Classical and Indie music. II work as a content writer for a day job and I’m building myself alongside to become a better musician. I know it sounds ambiguous; well I’d rather classify it as ambitious. This persona of mine has become so accustomed that I enjoy the felicitations and tribulations that pop out of nowhere en route to my goals. Well! Music hit me up at the age of 4 when audio cassettes were an absolute joy and tape recorders were the talk of the town. ‘Thriller’ was the first ever album I listened to and it was clearly evident how much I loved MJ through those unstoppable reflexes of my limbs. Both my parents were into Church music and that had a major influence on me becoming an organist later. I started off with the guitar but then switched to keys due to my tutor’s heath issues and due to the unavailability of tutors later at that time. At 17, I pursued my degree in keys and established myself as an organist. With my love still undying for secular music I flipped the cards to see what I can experiment and ended up composing scores for short films and jingles for multiple ads. Life happened all at once to bring out the best in me despite of the knockouts I had, both physically and mentally. And here! I am interviewing with Buzz-Music LA, pursuing my vocals in western classical and contemporary and being a member of Clockwork Blues- a duo band that me and my talented friend Geoffrey Alan had formed not so long ago.
How did you get into playing guitar? Do you have any musical influences that inspired to play?
I’m basically a trained pianist and keyboardist. Passion for guitars had never faded away even though I clearly knew I was out of tune and rhythm when I strummed to those tutorials on YouTube. “Well you gotta do what you gotta do!” I pat myself and continued playing to get back on track. Just when life was fair enough, it was quick enough to turn tables where I went through three plastic surgeries on my third and ring finger on the left coz of a major road accident. What ifs and how’s were the things that kept shooting their blunt arrows towards my belief. However it didn’t tame or stop me to any extent. I can now say to that I’m a pretty decent guitar player and an upcoming vocalist who has the heart to go out there and simply do what he loves. Though I don’t want to talk too much about my past, it actually has shaped me into who I am now. Talking about influences- Jimmy Page, Tommy Emmanuel, Slash, B.B King, John Mayer, Eric Clapton are amongst the many that I grew up listening to. More than skills these guys have the soul that they bring out while slaying the strings. I believe that is what musicianship is all about.
We hear you are in the works of creating a new song! Can you tell us a little bit about the song, when do you plan to release it?
Sure thing! The song is titled ‘Joshua Tree’ and it talks about how the tree actually evolves itself amidst the desert and how it resonates to life. I wouldn’t definitely classify it under any genre as it is coming out as a good experiment and hopefully it will be an inspiring number and I can’t wait to hit the studios soon after our rehearsals are winded up. At the moment the song is halfway through the composing part and will be out streaming by Feb.
We love your video covers on Instagram! Is this something you will continue to do once you release your new music?
Thank you so much! It’s such a humbling moment to receive a compliment from you guys. For me, covers are meant to be played around or stripped down. It will definitely help a musician in finding their musicality and well it has certainly helped mine. So why not! I will definitely upload covers amidst all the EP’s that I have planned to release in the upcoming years.
What’s next for you and your music career in 2019?
I’ve learned to go with the ebb and at times, rise against the tide. With 29 candles blown out and so much cake left to eat, I’ll gladly accept what life has in store for me. Apart from that, I’m learning and growing so much as an individual having got the opportunity to meet and work with different people. 2019 is gonna be a year of EP’s from my side and I hopefully, will be in a realm of happiness that I’ve given the world some good music to listen to.
Connect with Melvin J on social media: Instagram: www.instagram.com/artinme89