DJ Awards Breakthrough Nominee Melé

Posted on August 30, 2018

Words: Iain Thomson

The DJ Awards has an uncanny knack of identifying artists that have traditionally gone on to make a huge impact on the scene globally. This is why, when it delivers its nominees for breakthrough DJ, they are widely respected throughout the industry. Melé’s name might not automatically point to his Wirral roots but there is no escaping his percussive and tribal flavor. With a huge Brazilian influence mixed with transatlantic hip hop and classic house, he has emerged as one of the most prolific and exciting artists of his generation.

Fans of the young producer include Pete Tong, Patrick Topping and Eats Everything, who has signed his latest release to his own Edible imprint. With his global diary fast filling up on the back of some headline grabbing booth performances, it’s an exciting time for Melé. We caught up with him ahead of the 21st edition of the DJ Awards ceremony, taking place in HEART Ibiza on September 11 2018…

You’ve been nominated in the Breakthrough category in the forthcoming DJ Awards, what would it mean for you?
It would be great, there’s a lot of people I respect in the category so it’s really nice to be nominated alongside them.

How does it feel to be recognised by your peers for the hard work you are putting in?
It’s really great, I’ve been doing it for a long time now and have put so much work into it, so to be recognised for something like this means a lot.

Melé 900 X500

Where are you most comfortable, in the studio or behind the booth?
Definitely behind the booth. DJing is the thing I love the most. I love being in the studio at times but it doesn’t come as naturally to me as DJing.

Who or what inspires you musically?
Producers and DJs that never sounded like anyone else. The Neptunes were a massive influence on me as a producer and still are, and the first DJs I ever saw were Jazzie B & Norman J. So I’ve always had a wide range of influences.

What is your main focus to take your career to the next level?
Just to keep working hard and playing places that I’ve never been before. I’ve been playing a lot in America recently which has been really fun, just getting new fans over there etc.

You’re in Ibiza, you have a night off, which party are you heading to and which DJ are you looking to hear?
Carl Cox for sure, best DJ in the world.

Defected Presents Méle In The House. Released 31st August on Defected.

Further Info:

Melé DJ Awards Interview