Melanie Martinez Interview; Performing @ Vinyl 6/10

[ 0 ] June 6, 2014 |

 

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How does it feel to see your Dollhuose EP hit #3 on Billboard’s Heatseeker’s chart? Are you planning any more releases for this year?

It feels really awesome and I’m really excited that people have been giving really great feedback on the EP because it’s so different from whatever people were used to hearing from when I was on The Voice. It’s my original music, which makes me really happy. And I’m planning on putting out an album later on this year called Crybaby. I’m currently working on finishing it.

 

What’s been the most meaningful accolade you’ve received so far? Or what’s the most fulfilling thing to have happened so far on your journey in music?

I think putting out my first EP was pretty meaningful- just because I’ve never put out original music. I’ve always been a songwriter but got to put out original music and just putting a body of work that I’m proud of is really important to me. And being able to go on tour and perform live is one of my favorite things ever. I’m really grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way.

 

How have your live performances evolved over time? Getting your big break on The Voice must have really put you ahead of the game in terms of live performances.

I think I just really like singing for people in general and I didn’t do a lot of shows before The Voice, so it actually was like my first real show so The Voice defiantly prepared me for singing live in front of people and trying my hardest not to mess up and just let everything go the it wants to go. It was a lot of pressure because of all of the cameras and just a lot of people staring at you. It definitely benefited my career because now I can perform live in front of people and not feel nervous like I would if I didn’t have that experience on the show.

 

Do you have any pre-show rituals? Or how do you prepare for a show?

I kind of just get really nervous and try to get rid of the nerves. I don’t do anything too crazy I just eat a lot of chocolate chip cookies and strawberry lemonade and hope for the best.

 

What is the strangest thing a fan has done for you? Or at your show?

I had a show in LA and someone threw a polaroid camera at me. That was pretty weird. It was great- I mean it was nice and weird at the same time because I got hit by a polaroid camera but at least they gave a polaroid camera. That was probably the weirdest thing that’s happened.

 

What kind of music did you grow up on? What was the first album you fell in love with?

I grew up a lot of mix between hip hop and The Beatles and really lyrical artists. My dad is a music junkie, he listens to everything. When I was younger, he’d play everything in the car so it was a mix of genres which is why I there is a lot of hip hop influence in my music but its always very lyrical and always a story and I like to tell stories so I think that came from the whole Beatles genres. I think it was just really a good mix.

 

Which song on your EP would you say best defines who you are?

It’s kind of weird because my EP is a contrast between light and dark and I’d say that I’m like that as well. So Carousel is probably my favorite on the EP just because its so much of the contrast describing the whole carnival scene and carnivals are my favorite thing about being young. When I was growing up my parents would take me to a lot of them because I’d always see them in the towns that we’d drive through and I’d always want to go to them- definitely my favorite childhood memories. But it was also paired up with a really bad relationship I went through, the story of Carousel. So I think its a mix of dark and light so I think that’s kind of how I am too like I dress like a child but my inner core is always sad in a weird way. I always write sad songs because it comes from a different part of me that’s of my core, I don’t know how to explain it. So defiantly Carousel I think.

 

 

 

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