We had the good fortune of connecting with Mitch Melodia and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mitch, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My business Alpha Pegasi and the design of it came out of necessity. I was in a few touring, performing, and recording bands back in the New England area, but none really stuck. Alpha Pegasi became the way of finally starting to review, condense, record, and release the dozens to hundreds of songs I’ve written over the years.

Unfortunately, there was not one show that featured the same line up for any of the band’s initial shows. The desire to record and release originals was stronger than ever so I learned how to play drums and organ. With almost two decades of guitar playing in me, many of those years singing, and enjoying playing around on a 5 string bass, I finally had all the missing pieces to create some songs in a way that I never really had before.

The most recent result from the studio are 9 songs composing two EPs, one released on 9/9/22 called Love S*x Money Part I. It’s the first EP in a series of four. In all honestly, I would love to be able to cross promote this new music with the Sci-Fi book I recently finished writing called The Battle For The Moon.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Everybody’s got something that sets them apart, I think some of my main ones are being able to arrange and play everything on record for studio recordings (that said, looking forward to collaborations!). That and being a really passionate performer while being a Sci-Fi author is a bit of an odd but personally fun combo. I’m most excited about really getting back to my rock and roll roots with the next 4 singles to be steadily released near the start of Spring next year.

I’ll save the sob story to say that it was at times an incredibly difficult, painful, lonely, and unsupported existence. The main thing that kept me going to even kept me alive was my belief in my music, my writing, and the combination of them. My biggest lesson learned is probably to just get out there! Hanging out with like minded, positive, and/or loving friends is essentially always good for you. Getting out there to meet people and keep in contact with them is how great personal and professional relationships develop. To hell with the old saying, talk to strangers! Your network is your net worth so meet people and build a good amount of quality relationships.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ideally it’d be a week long trip to really get out there! Seeing a show in Tucson and seeing a show in Phoenix, getting out to Sedona, continuing up to the Grand Canyon. Flagstaff is pretty great too so hitting up hikes, dispensaries, and breweries all around those areas would be musts for the trips.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The two biggest musical influences for me are on seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum: Kevin Parker of Tame Impala and Trey Anastasio of Phish. As far as influential people go, the friend group I was fortunate enough to get to know and keep in contact with from Keene State College are a few dozen people I am always going to be really grateful to have met and made a lot of great memories with.

Website: https://alphapegasimusic.com/

Instagram: @AlphaPegasiJams https://www.instagram.com/alphapegasijams/

Twitter: @AlphaPegasiJams https://twitter.com/AlphaPegasiJams

Facebook: @AlphaPegasiJams https://www.facebook.com/AlphaPegasiJams

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntrJIlcQKJw

Other: Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/track/5Svog7GMyLlxL55LbQ5Pa1?si=2ff570ba476442f7

Image Credits
Tara Gracer @TaraFoto

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