Toronto's Indie Pop Artist Melotika Catches Our Attention With New Song "Unaware Part II(Blindside)"
Indie Pop Artist Melotika is based out of Toronto, but is originally from Montreal, Canada. The singer songwriter, Mel moved to Toronto to pursue her career after spending years songwriting and completing a music production and sound program. Growing up, Mel Yelle had a diverse taste in music which has resulted her in being a well rounded artist. Mel began recording demos in 2016, with her two successful projects “Downtown Summer ft. Kross Out” and “Unaware”. Melotika decided to re-record both tracks which resulted in the final product of “Unaware”. Most recently in March of 2018, the official EP “Unaware” has been released.
In this track, we are met with a strong and bold sound. Melotika presents the listener with sultry and smokey vocals that will leave you breathless. She has a certain vibe to her that is oozing confidence and power. Melotika projects her confidence, as she exhibits this through her music and lyrics. She has a unique sound that combines the elements of indie,pop and 80s synth. Similar to the sound of Marina and the Diamonds, she brings playful but don’t mess with me feeling to the listener. The production of the track is great using echos and reverb in all the right places. An amazing piece by Melotika, so make sure to listen to her on Spotify!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers? Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
My music career began a bit later in my life. Until five years ago, I never thought I would go on a different path and pursue music professionally and seriously.
My parents would always say, before speaking my first words, I was singing. I remember being mesmerized by artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna and Celine Dion; Iconic artists I was exposed to at a young age. In the early 90’s, pop groups and singers such as The Spice Girls, NSYNC, The Backstreet Boys, Destiny's Child, Britney Spears were hard to avoid. I would bring together friends and create dance choreographies to perform at home while playing dress up in front of family members and classmates in elementary school. I always had the need to put on a show! My mother who was always supportive of my creative pursuits, dived into projects with myself and sewed costumes. This may have also been where my avante-garde sense in fashion started. As a child, I was enrolled in ballet jazz lessons where I got to explore self expression and I was exposed to a more alternative type of dance music that was not as common as the radio hits. I loved it; It was my getaway.
My father being a drummer and performer himself in the Montreal scene, encouraged my musical abilities. He had purchased one year around the age of 9-10 a second hand microphone. I was ecstatic. That same year, I was introduced to the musical “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and at that time, all my dreams came true in one single film. The glam, the glitter, the horror, the costumes, the music... everything was perfect! Here I memorised every single song and dance move. My father used to also play old Jackson Browne, Joan Jett, Journey, Queen, Styx, Super Tramp records that I would sing along to. When I look back, I am so honored to have been introduced at a young age to progressive rock and synth/pop rock. The music felt real to me. The lyrics made sense, the melodies made sense, the harmonies blew me away. I think looking back the theme song of my childhood is “I Love Rock N’ Roll” By Joan Jett. No further explanations need be made! A couple of times I took up singing lessons and I used to love singing to Evanescence.
As a teenager (and like most teenagers) things got different. I remember at the age of 12 my step father being a punk rock and more alternative rock lover purchased for my step sister a Green Day Album, the American Idiot album. She was not a fan, and handed down the album to myself. It was so different! The angst in this album connected with me as an early teen and everything I had experienced growing up in the suburbs outside of Montreal and going through my first year of High School, especially after a family separation. I explored in my personal time poetry and songwriting. At that time the internet blew up, and I did my research. From the age of 12 - 19 my whole world consisted of artists such as Tool, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Green Day, the Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Megadeth, The Misfits, Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden, Radiohead, Portishead, Metric, Silversun Pickups, Foo
Fighters, Panic! At the Disco, Children of Bodom, the list can go on and on! I started digging into more oldies and loving Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Blondie, Kiss, Queen, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and the Stooges etc. As much of a rocker I was in High School, I was still a sucker for Pop and Dance Music. When Just Dance by Lady Gaga was released in 2008, you can only guess who was Lady Gaga’s next biggest fan! She was (and still is) perfect to me. I thank her so much for making Pop Music amazing again.
We are very pressured in our society to pick at a young age “What to do for the rest of our lives.” After completing High School, I went to college to Study Cinema Video Communications at Dawson College. This was a beautiful experience where I continued my song writing in my personal time and jamming with friends, and explored different art forms such as photography and film. After years of headbanging at festivals and dancing in night clubs in Montreal, in 2013 I finally realised what I wanted to do. At the age of 20 when I began University in Montreal with a sudden need to study social working, after completing one semester and a backpacking trip to Europe, I dropped out of University. I then in 2014 enrolled myself to Recording Arts Canada, where I studied sound, and music production. I wanted to be true to myself and follow my heart. Music was, and is, where I need to be. I was curious to understanding why certain sounds sound the way they do, how to produce the music that I always loved, and how I can turn my lyrics and poetry into solid tracks. I absolutely loved my experience at this school learning how to do live sound and in studio production. I learned all about the differences in mixing and mastering songs, all the different creative possibilities and routes one can take with their craft. One of my favorite courses was learning Post Production, and the manipulation of sound. I purchased my own analog synthesizer, the Korg MS-20 Mini, and created soundscapes and electroacoustic compositions, and had many studio sessions where I was exploring Foley and creating my own unique sound bank. This was also around the same time where I got more into Electronic Dance Music and was into alternative Dance artists such as Nero, Bassnectar, Noisia, and many more. I continued the exploration of sound and production by having artists come into studio and recording them. One of my projects that I am very fond of is the recording, mixing, and backup vocals for Montreal’s punk band The Mean Cats “I Don’t Wanna’ Hear.” This is a personal project available on Soundcloud and I have gotten the change to perform live with them several times.
After completing my music production program, I made a big move and left Montreal to move to Toronto. At the age of 22, this is where my music career began. My music career began a bit later in my life. Until five years ago, I never thought I would go on a different path and pursue music professionally and seriously.
At this time I really needed a change of scenery. Not to get too personal, I needed to get away from toxic entities in my life and have that chance to start over. I was working that summer in 2015 at Steve’s Music Store on the corner of Queen and Spadina. This is where it was happening! I met a lot of amazing people and Musicians. I explored the city while being broke and went to some shows. Also, I had the opportunity to record one song I composed along with some members of Toronto’s indie rock scene band Girl. This song is still yet to be released! Aaron Bell-Siebenga, who is known as Toronto Hip-Hop artist Krosst Out, was a friend of mine from Recording Arts Canada who supported me in my
journey in Toronto. We got quite close and became partners and also started collaborating with one another musically and still to this day. Currently, I feature on Krosst Out’s track “I Don’t Care” under Mel Yelle.
In 2016, I met up with DJ/producer Mista T Dot, who is now known as Jackman Jones. During this time, we explored collaborating with one another as a duo project and successfully completed an entire EP. This is where Melotika started. Melotika began with composing demos in early 2016, “Downtown Summer ft. Krosst Out” and “Unaware.” The project was a success, and Melotika decided to re-record both tracks and continue making music with the final product “Unaware” (Melotika’s debut EP). Under the stage name Melotika, I have been doing a number of live shows in the past two years in the city of Toronto and throughout Canada’s East Coast along with Hip Hop artist Krosst Out.
Looking back, the project was a roller coaster! The music scene is so competitive, and to be quite honest, it is difficult to find a trusting working team. Jackman Jones and I had to re-record and start all over our debut EP after certain conflict in interests. I believe everything happens for a reason. Finally, we discovered Mike Defaria who recorded and mixed the official debut EP “Unaware” and Sean Savage who took care of the mastering. Always doing things differently, the first single released off the EP is a song called “Unaware Part II (Blindside),” leaving the newly recorded track “Unaware” a surprise for Melotika fans. This single has now been released on all digital platforms since January 30th, 2018. The official EP “Unaware” has been released since March 9th, 2018. An EP Release Party took place at The Cavern in Toronto April 2018. Music videos have been (and are still yet to be) released. Directed by myself, I could not have done my music videos without Eric Soto who is the mastermind behind the Melotika music video Unaware Part II (Blindside) along with Elysya Scerbo Pasta for the Intro and Downtown Summer DEMO video. A music video for Bittersweet Reality by Eric Soto is to be released by the end of September 2018.
Currently after a lot of thought, it has been decided that Melotika is now a solo artist moving forward. I am taking up the role using this stage name and intend on collaborating with other artists in the near future. Jackman Jones continues to work on his craft as well with various artists and we are both still in contact and still intend on collaborating. The adventure is not over! Myself as Melotika will continue to work on songs with Krosst Out and performing live shows. Future plans and projects are to be announced. Stay tuned for more Melotika music on the way!
As a person and as an artist, I am totally on the grind in the music industry. Everyday is a learning experience and I am with every inch of my body and soul trying to get my music out there and heard. I believe my song writing relates to many of us out there, and I want to connect with like minded individuals. In June 2018, my debut EP “Unaware” was #8 on the Top 10 charts: Electronic Albums on CFBX 92.5 FM Kamloops, BC ''Specialty Charts. Since 2017, in Birmingham, United Kingdom, XRP Radio has been supporting and featuring my music within their music community along with Radio Wigman in the UK as well and East Bay Live from Hayward, California, US.
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
When Jackman Jones and I started off as a duo, we were just having fun with it and creating play on words. As I am also partially French Canadian, we started off with creating a twist using my name Melany (Mel Yelle) and the concept of melodies creating “Le Melotik” (as in la mélodie/ the melody translated.) Thinking of powerful names in reference such as Megadeth and Metalica, I suggested leaving it as Melotika. Melotika sounded strong in itself, melodic, alternative and modern.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
Whenever a project is proposed, I often listen to the composed instrumental, sit on it, and think of a melody that would groove and feel right over top of the song. Somehow, words and rhymes seem to just flow and fit. Every song has its own mood. I really get into a role when I listen to a new project and I let myself go. It is almost like an out of body experience and I think of how it would sound being performed. In my opinion, a song needs to be entertaining. I get into a theme and a role because I want the song to be as dramatic and entertaining as possible. Almost theatrical. I believe this is why each of my songs sound so different, yet still having my own unique sound. Everything I write and compose comes from my heart. Even though I think of the entertainment aspect of the song writing, I still believe every word I am writing/singing and it all comes from within and my own personal experiences with the world, society, relations and art.
Having to maintain that role I am in, bringing the song to the production phase I imagine what the outcome needs to sound like and I participate greatly in the decision making for the mixing. The sound and the atmosphere of the vocals and instruments are extremely important. I also participate greatly in the re-construction and structure of the instrumentals and placement. A song is one huge puzzle. All the pieces need to fit and align with one another perfectly in order to see the greater image. Details are important and are what creates a unique texture in a track.
We’re really into your new song! Can you tell us a bit about it? Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
This song is a continuation of the song “Unaware.” To begin, Unaware is song about today's society and the need to be a certain way in order to fit in. The concept of working a 9AM-6PM job is apparent in the lyrics, the disconnect people seem to have with one another, and being vulnerable and feeling completely alone. The lyrics, “Nothings’ wrong with me I got my body Unaware” suggests that there is nothing wrong with being yourself
and being unique. In the same line, it also suggests that we have become desensitised and almost brainwashed in becoming a certain way. We are then unaware of how it all even started and how we have been so conditioned by standards, rules, pop culture, the government, media, etc.
Unaware Part II (Blindside) is a continuation of this theme. However, it leans more towards overcoming the confusion and accepting being different and the lyrics “I got my two sense after all” is pretty straight forward. Blindside indicates being blindsided by what has happened in terms of being conditioned, and finally not wanting to be a part of this life style any longer. The song also encourages togetherness and how like minded people and positivity can save us all from the confusion.
Overall the song is meant to be positive and encourages individuality. It is also up for interpretation. The song came from everyday, real life experiences.
What’s next for you?
A music video for Bittersweet Reality by Eric Soto is to be released by the end of September 2018!
Currently after a lot of thought, it has been decided that Melotika is now a solo artist moving forward. I am taking up the role using this stage name and intend on collaborating with other artists in the near future. Jackman Jones continues to work on his craft as well with various artists and we are both still in contact and still intend on collaborating. The adventure is not over! Myself as Melotika will continue to work on songs with Krosst Out and performing live shows. Future plans and projects are to be announced. I have been already writing new material, however no further information can be announced at the moment. Stay tuned for more Melotika music on the way!
As a person and as an artist, I am totally on the grind in the music industry. Everyday is a learning experience and I am with every inch of my body and soul trying to get my music out there and heard. I believe my song writing relates to many of us out there, and I want to connect with like minded individuals. I have been sending copies of my debut EP to countless stations and blogs, and I am in the networking phase of my music career. I am creating a team to work with for future projects and I am still trying to find more people who want to be a part of the Melotika adventure. In June 2018, my debut EP “Unaware” was #8 on the Top 10 charts: Electronic Albums on CFBX 92.5 FM Kamloops, BC ''Specialty Charts. Since 2017, in Birmingham, United Kingdom, XRP Radio has been supporting and featuring my music within their music community along with Radio Wigman in the UK as well and East Bay Live from Hayward, California, US
Connect with Melotika on social media:
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/unaware/1351965166 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3I5EnnzNwcsp8yD7g7r5zl?si=VIYiV32LRreQs0gUSJGq2Q Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Melotika_Unaware?id=Bev2k36gssq54doo2iv2henltoi Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Unaware-Explicit-Melotika/dp/B079ZCK3F7/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1520602567&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=melotika