Outkast, Gnarles Barkley, Dizzee Rascal
Producing colourful music for a grey world; Melodics fuse new wave, synthpop, 2 tone and hip-hop, and have painted a fluorescent foundation across Australia.
Interview: 21 September 2009
Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?
Oh we kinda dabble in jazzy blues, fusion, dub, reggae, grime country punk, hardcore, classical, indie, pop, metal acoustic hip-hop, Nu-jazz, grind-core, disco-rock, progressive power-pop afro-beat thrash, bluegrass, ghettotech, jungle-grunge with a twist of experimental surf techno trip-hop trance gothic glam.
Tell us about your live show?
Bad arse rock/electro fatties, new wave hip-hop goodness, 80’s wailing sax and synth solos, post-punk chants and a bunch o’ collabs such as guitarists, rappers, visual artists and traditional Taiko drummers.
What were you all doing before this?
Most of us met in the corridors of Music College, studying classical and jazz heaviness. We got into a room together and began the long process of shaking off this education that took so long in the first place. A little ironic really.
What’s coming up in the future?
We’re half way through our national tour, which is supporting the launch of our album, 4d. We’re then jumping on some dates with Jackson Jackson, heading to Perth and Adelaide as well as a Melbourne show at the Corner Hotel. After that we are gonna begin pre-production on our second record, which is gonna be FFFFFFFFAAAAAATTTTTTTTT!!! (we hope.)
Australian music is?
Music. I don’t like to differentiate Australia with anywhere else in that sense, I think that causes more alienation. Music is so personal and individual for each band or musician and while we are always influenced by what’s around us I think globalization and the rise of the Internet means that we are influenced by the whole flipping universe.