Finely furnished with an energetic and unique percussive sound, Mele creates euphoric, high-octane productions inspired by his love for Brazilian beats, transplanted Hip Hop and classic House.
Having gained support from such illustrious names as Eats Everything, Patrick Topping and Jackmaster, Mele is a franchise that is slowly becoming recognised for his impeccable ability and flair when behind the decks as the on-point party curator.
We recently caught up with Merseyside favourite, Mele, and discussed his nomination in the Newcomer category at DJ Awards next month, his appearance at Hï Ibiza during BBC Radio 1 Ibiza weekend and how he keeps his sound unique to the same Tech House banner many artists’ sounds fall under.
First of all, your sound is described as euphoric, high-octane dance music inspired by a love for Brazilian beats, transplanted Hip Hop and classic House. What aspect of these genres do you love the most and why?
I think it is just the energy of it. When I use to go raving at clubs, it was about having a good time, not about how people DJ or how people are patronised on a dance floor. People come to parties to have fun and have a laugh and I just love that energy about it. I have always been quite an energetic person and when I DJ, it just shows within my performances.
When did you first discover your love for these three genres?
My introduction to House music was Erick Morillo. I was listening to a lot of his music in the early 2000’s and it really appealed to me because there was just so much energy. Even though I was just 12 or 13-years-old, I just thought he was the man! I have just tried to develop, not just from that, but from a lot of what those kind of guys were doing. I was always into my Hip Hop and still am to be honest.
Who are your biggest Hip Hop influences?
Probably DJ Premier. The first album I bought was ‘2001’ by Dr. Dre. That kind of had no relevance to the music that I do. It was what almost made me fall in love with music. I remember being almost obsessed with this album. I must’ve been 11 or 12-years-old when I first bought it.
Elsewhere, you have the DJ Awards coming up next month. You have been nominated in the Newcomer category. What qualities do you feel are needed to stand out in today’s industry?
For someone just coming into the industry as a new DJ, the easiest thing is to just copy your favourite DJ.I never did that. You just need to be you and be as weird as you can. It doesn’t work for everyone but if you keep at it, people will embrace it. For years now, people have just been copying what other DJs are doing or a certain sound that DJs are making.
It’s almost similar to how the whole Tech House bubble has been criticised recently for too many artists sounding the same…
Yeah, whilst there are a lot of good records in there, there is also a lot that just sounds the same.
What do you do to avoid falling under the same Tech House sound as everyone else?
I just dig for music. There is a lot of good music out there, you just need to find it. Some of the tracks I played at Hï Ibiza for BBC Radio 1 Ibiza weekend, some people would never know them as many people always search the Beatport Top 100 chart. I’ve played a few shows this summer where other artists are doing that and I just feel that if you are a DJ getting paid good money to play, go and look for some different tunes. There are a lot of DJs but there aren’t a lot of people with the passion for music or finding music. There is a lot of people doing it because their mates do it.
Of course, you recently performed at BBC Radio 1 Ibiza weekend at Hï Ibiza. When BBC Radio 1 first reached out to you about performing for them in Ibiza, what emotions ran through your body?
My manager told me about it and I never really thought about it. However, as time approached the date, the reality of it all struggled to settle in. When they asked, I agreed and didn’t think about it. But when I arrived at the venue, I got told what stage I was playing and then my mum, family and all of my mates were texting and listening to me on air. That’s when it sinks in and you just hope you don’t mess it up. But that’s a good thing for me as I try to never get too excited about things, I just get on with it and go with the flow.
How did you prepare for your big BBC Radio 1 Ibiza set?
If you are doing a big Ibiza show like this, the immediate thing you think to do is go and play Ibiza classics. I just thought that would be the easy thing to do. Anyone could download an album of classics so I just started doing edits of Ibiza classics that I had. I got a friend called Fraser to play an Ibiza classic a cappella on piano and it ignited a different reaction from the crowd as opposed to all of the obvious content.
Finally, you will play Defected later this summer at Eden Ibiza. What are you most looking forward to about this and what early Defected memories do you think this will chime back for you?
I had never been to the Defected festival before. I have been doing a few Ibiza dates for them at Eden and Defected have really made a positive impact there in 2017. I played there a few weeks ago and it was just insane, really good. I then did the festival which held only a few thousand people. It had a great vibe and it was all about the music. I’ve played a lot of festivals this summer where it was people just going because it was the in-thing where they didn’t have a clue what was going on. It was electronic music for UK people, it was full of music heads.