Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.
Yo! Thanks for the interview! My name is Mr Melta, 26 years young, I am a Cambridge, UK based Hip Hop, Grime and Drum and Bass MC, just making my first moves in the game! Up until now I have released ‘meltdown Vol1’, my first release a couple of year ago, then last year I released the ‘Light Em Up’ E.P, both of those where just things I promoted my self, although I did get a bit of radio support for ‘Light Em Up’, and most recently I am pleased to say I have just released ‘Meltdown Vol2’ in conjunction with UK Runnings, big shout to Tricksta and Park Street PR for getting behind me on this one. The feedback I’ve received already has been really positive
Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?
I live in Cambridge, which, until recently, has only been known for a hand full of Hip Hop acts, Delegates of Culture, Skuff and Inja’s crew, and then Dirty Dike and Mr Key of SMB/ Contact Play, and that’s about it really, but now we’ve got a whole fresh breed of Hip Hop and Grime talent, such as B-Illa, who are making big moves, Justify the Cause, again doing their thing, Slang Immaculate, who should be a household name by now, the guy is SICK! And then on the Grime side you’ve got Simbad Fresh, K.D and the rest of restoration camp, as well as Scr3wface. There’s loads of up and comers too, like Dubble G, and my boys Offcut and Zed-I, who feature on Meltdown Vol 2, as well as a healthy Drum and Bass scene, which I’m also involved in, which is spear headed by the Warning team, and my man Jimmy Danger. The only local Hip Hop radio show we have is Rhyme Pad Radio, which is an online show, massive shouts to the Rhyme Pad boys, Stakka, Seedyman, Sammy B Side and the rest of the crew for the support they’re showing us locals!
When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?
The first track I ever recorded was in like 2006 or something in my mates room, just messing around really, id always loved Hip Hop, but I never thought realistically that I could actually do it, as the idea of a skinny white guy from a village rapping just didn’t seem believable. But 6 years on, here I am! I think the Meltdown Vol 1 set was my first proper stab at making tracks, before that id been just doing Drum and Bass nights locally. As for why, well, I’ve loved Hip Hop since my early school days, when the Fugees and Jay-z and Bigge where in the charts over here, I’ve just always loved the expression of rapping, the rhymes and word play. Id been good at English at school, and I’m a keen reader, I love words, how they sound, and slang words etc. It’s my passion, like some people have a job they love, I love making music! Just a shame it doesn’t pay better hahahaha.
When did you release your first song and what was the response like?
Well, I haven’t had any official ‘Releases’ as such, but the one song that I have pushed a bit more, and had radio plays for, is ‘Let me know’ off the Light Em Up E.P, and yeah, the feedback was all really positive. Apart from one guy who called it ‘Naff’ lol. But ill take that, not everyone’s going to like what I do!
How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?
My musical style is honest, fun but conscious; I make party tracks, conscious tracks, and straight up show off tracks! I don’t conform to stereotypes of what a rapper should do or say, I don’t put image before music, and I don’t promote negative lifestyles. I’m fortunate enough to have had a reasonably good up bringing, and although I’ve been naughty in the past, like we all have, I don’t live like that, so I don’t talk about it.
Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?
My latest project, ‘Meltdown Vol 2’, is available to download free from my band camp and Soundcloud pages, and is also on Dat Piff, but due to a copyright issue one of the tracks is missing from there. The project features all Cambridge artists, Offcut, Zed-I, Slang Immaculate and Kosh, all really good spitters, with diverse styles and flows.
How long did it take to create and finish?
I think for start to finish, like from the day I had the idea till the day it was released, probably around 6 months! Which is a long time for a mix tape, but as we all work etc, it’s been a matter of when people are available. Its come together nicely though, I’m proud of it!
If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!! The major points would be that this is different to what next man has! I’m not talking about the same stuff as every other guy, I don’t sell crack, I don’t shoot people, I cant drive so I don’t go on about cars, this is music for real people, people who go to work, who like to party, who have good times and bad times, id say, this is for people like YOU! But also this is me on a CD, this is how you can get to know me, and share my journey through life, while listening to some banging tunes!
What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?
My biggest track to date is ‘Let Me Know’ off the Light Em Up E.P. I feel with the right promotion that song could have been big, but I just self promoted, and even so, got some radio play, and really good feedback. I’m considering re-releasing ‘Light Em Up’ and putting some proper promo in place for it.
Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?
Being honest, I haven’t bought music for a little while now, but that’s not because I’m cheap, or I’m bootlegging, I just think that the free mixtape scene is huge right now, and there is so much quality coming out of there! Some of these guys I’m hearing on UK Runnings mixtapes and on the mixtape sites are sick! But you probably won’t find any of their stuff in HMV! There are a couple albums I’ve been meaning to get for a while, The Great Escape by Buggsy being one of them. The guy is in his own lane right now!
Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?
All sorts man! I love Drum and Bass and Jungle, as well as UKG, Grime, a bit of Dubstep, Bassline, Ska, Reggae, old 60s soul, old school rock, all sorts! I just love music in general!
So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?
If anyone wants to book me, e-mail me at email@example.com , or add me on Facebook, I am on Twitter, but don’t go on it that much as it confuses me lol. My shows, at the moment, are pretty much just me doing my thing, lots of energy, interaction with the crowd and a fun atmosphere! I perform with a smile on my face, as that’s what I want to see coming back at me!
Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there?
Illegal downloads yes; I don’t think they help artists at all! If an artist wants to give something away, they will, and almost everyone puts out free mixtapes, e.ps or whatever, to get their name out there. If an artist is charging for their work, then you should either pay for it, or done have it! If people don’t support the artists and buy their stuff, the artists will stop making music, as it isn’t earning them a living! But on the other hand, CD’s are expensive, and people are skint, but id say, download the free mixtape, that’s still supporting, but don’t pirate the Album, these guys have put a lot of time, and money, in to it, and are just trying to make a bit of money back!
Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?
Thanks very much! Hopefully ill be back when my next project comes out. I’d just like to say shouts to all my Cambridge team, Stirleng, Zed-I, Offcut, Slang Immaculate, Jimmy Danger and Audio Danger Records, Simbad Fresh and Restoration Camp, Stakka and the Rhyme pad guys, Dubble G, Remulack and the B-Illa camp. Also all the radio DJs that have supported me, Sue Bryant and Andre Huston at Independent Music Scene and Global Music Network, my artwork and photography team, and last but certainly not least my boy Tricksta, and the whole of Park St PR, UK Runnings and Rago magazine, for getting behind this release!
Interview by Josh Powell