We had the good fortune of connecting with Melotika and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melotika, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I feel like my entire life has been a risk. I say that because I come from a safe background growing up in the suburbs with opportunities to go to school, University, and to ‘get a real job.’ I did all of that for a while but it was not providing me happiness. I dropped out of University in 2014 to enroll myself in a trade to learn recording arts and production. After I completed the program, I literally just moved out of Montreal to re-discover myself in Toronto where I invented Melotika. A lot of friends and family thought I was crazy and did not support this but I was happy with my decision. Being uncertain everyday where my music will take me is what keeps me on my toes writing more and more songs.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Music is meant to be fun. When I write a song, it is like my personal story and evolution is being reincarnated into something new. My music is a reflection of who I am, who I want to be, and at times where I’m at in my headspace. The best part about my music is that it doesn’t judge me. It is something I can hold onto forever and share with the world.
Staying in the realm of escapism and Pop, my sound is heavily Electro and Retro influenced and I stand for self-confidence and embracing individuality always. My songs are for everyone. Vulnerable parts of my life are exposed in my lyrics, along with some fictional story telling to elaborate and add excitement. I never hold back on things I want to say.
The main lesson I learned is to be yourself always no matter what and trust your gut. This industry is cruel and people will have no remorse and spit you out if you refuse to conform. I am currently fighting an uphill battle trying to find my place in the industry. The challenges are never ending. I think the hardest part for me has always been the fitting in part. I have fans online who love what I do and are inspired, but it always seems that the local music scene and competitors are not interested and that’s Ok. When I chose to do music and build my career I knew it would be a decade of hard work and tears. I started off as a nobody and just dived into the unknown.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Toronto changed my life. I would say first lets hop over to Queen St West and spend our money on thrifty clothes and then pass by Kensington Market. Original has the coolest European boots and the cutest quirky dresses on Queen St W and Kensington market has endless vintage stuff to obsess over. If we want to be brave, we can get spontaneous tattoos at Wild World Ink and show you the graffiti alley near Spadina.
Kinka Izakaya on Bloor and Bathurst is my favorite restaurant. The Japanese food is divine and we have to indulge in the octopus balls, fried chicken, garlic rappini and the best litchi cocktails!
If it’s May, going to visit High Park and Trinity Bellwoods to take photos around the beautiful cherry blossoms is so worth it.
For an escape, if weather permits we can lay down on the beach by Lake Ontario at Woodbine or walk along Sunnyside beach and the Harborfront then check out the CN tower.
If we want to feel young again we can eat loads of nachos and hang out at an Emo night dance party at Sneaky Dees or stroll along King St and club/bar hop!
For best blueberry pancakes and breakfast we will go to Liberty Village and dine at Mildreds Temple Kitchen, and go for a walk and venture out the west end Roncesvalles, Bloor West Village and grab a coffee literally anywhere and later for dinner we can go to the best Italian restaurant in the Junction, Nodo and eat fresh pizza and gnocchi with many glasses of prosecco!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My fans who I call ‘the Rebelz’ online deserve recognition as they are a huge part of my story. Shout out to Sean Constantine for being one of my biggest fans and supporting me everyday with the fan pages and all the love. Rini K, Taffeite, Callum, Spookay, Wendy, Guillaume, Angelia, Jordan, Andy, Brendan, Ali, Nykee, Jayleen, Katsuharu, Nikolas, Tony, Danny, Vinn, Badman Lexxy so much more… all wonderful people and some aspiring artists themselves who participated in my fan-music video and who have been endlessly supporting my music.
Jeff from Eclectic Music Lover is one of the most supportive music bloggers and has been there since day one spreading the word and supporting this project.
My boyfriend and Alternative Hip Hop artist Krosst Out is a huge part of my story and we have been through a lot together in the music world.