Dark-pop singer-songwriter Melyz has released the brand new single “Bad Together” & has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her latest release.
Hey Melyz, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Melyz: Thank you for featuring me in your magazine 🙂 So I am a Swiss British singer and songwriter, and my main music style is Dark Pop (which is pop melodies on alternative/electro beats). I have had the opportunity to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, but veered towards a more personal musical journey in 2018, under the artist name Melyz.
When did you first discover your passion for music & knew that it was a career that you wanted to pursue?
Melyz: The first time I performed on stage, in front of around 500 people, was at the age of 7. My parents were part of a Mauritian Charity Organisation in Switzerland, and they co-organised a fundraising event and asked me if I wanted to sing a Mauritian song with them that evening. And when I stepped on that stage and sang in front of all these people, I remember telling myself that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
In 2015, you represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Time To Shine”. How would you describe your experience of competing at the contest?
Melyz: It was one of the best experiences! I didn’t plan to take part, I got convinced by a friend to send one of my own songs for Switzerland; it was not written especially for the contest, and I certainly did not expect it to go very far in the selection process. Because I was not expecting anything, the experience was incredible. I remember when I was a kid, I used to watch the Eurovision with my mum, and we would often joke about me singing there one day. But never would I have imagined back then that it would become true. So this whole experience was just a childhood dream coming to life!
What advice would you offer to someone looking to compete in the contest in the future?
Melyz: I would say “Enjoy every second of it all”, because it just goes by so fast! It is also very important to be surrounded by people who have your best interest at heart, because it is so easy to lose yourself; you are literally thrown under the spotlight, it can be overwhelming.
Do you think that we could see you returning to the contest at some point?
Melyz: I don’t think so… I feel like I need to focus on establishing the new brand “Melyz” before making big decisions like that; but I have to admit I miss my Eurovision family ❤
You recently released your brand new single “Bad Together”, which sounds amazing by the way. How did the idea to create this song come together?
Melyz: I worked with two producers on my debut EP “Don’t Tell On Us” early 2019. I was talking with one of them (Stephane Chapelle) about wanting to release new music in an even darker/edgier style, and he was onboard. So he produced a beat, I wrote the melody/topline and the lyrics onto it, and it became “Bad Together”. We decided to work on a few tracks, so this single is the first of the series. 😛
What would you consider to be the main inspiration behind the track?
Melyz: It is mainly based on my personal life, but also inspired by what a few of my close friends have gone through… It talks about how a passionate relationship can become destructive. I think there is violence in raw passion, which can be dangerous in relationships in general. It’s the feeling of wanting to rip each other apart, but the love is stronger than the pain so you stay anyway…
What does the song personally mean to you?
Melyz: There is a sense of “wanting to have the upper hand”; sort of like “an eye for an eye” kind of vibe. When there is a question of power and obsession in relationships, this is when it becomes toxic and unhealthy. I have to admit my personal life is quite messy and complicated haha It’s exhausting sometimes, but a great source of inspiration, so I can’t really complain lol.
If listeners could take one message from this song, what would you like it to be?
Melyz: I would love if the feeling the listeners take from it was empowerment. Basically, when I wrote the song, I felt like I was taking my power/energy back from that relationship. I wasn’t the victim who would cry/beg/plead with her other half to stay/come back. I was the one who would give them tit-for-tat, even if I got burnt along the way… “We’re Bad Together, but I’m bad on my own”.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Melyz: Taking time to pamper myself is a very rare thing for me to do I have to admit, I’m always creating or working on the music business side of things so it gives me little time to do other things. I think this is why I enjoy doing the simple things so much, like reading, hanging out with friends and family, or just go for long walks…
What song do you always keep on your playlist & why?
Melyz: I’m the type of person who binge listens to songs/albums for weeks (or months) until I get sick of them and then move on to another one (talking about being too passionate 😛 ) !! At the moment I am still listening to Dua Lipa’s latest album. It is pure fire !! I love how her and her producers have managed to bring disco back in a very savvy and tasteful way !
That being said, I love discovering new music 🙂
What was the last movie you watched & did you enjoy it?
Melyz: One of the last movies I watched was “Annihilation”, by Alex Garland. I thought it was just going to be another scary movie, but I actually really liked it! It is quite thought-provoking, and very well done! The acting, the directing, the production… I loved everything 🙂
If you could guest appear on any TV show, what would you choose & why?
Melyz: I have to confess I don’t really watch TV anymore, so I don’t know what’s trending Maybe something that has to do with baking, because I love it (though I am not good enough to be in a serious competition) haha.
What is the best piece of advice someone has offered you about pursuing a career in music?
Melyz: “Enjoy the process” . Many people have said that to me, and with time I understand this more and more. It is not about the final destination, but about the whole journey to get there. Music is a very tough career path (same as any artistic career really); you don’t have a particular model to follow to succeed, there is a lot of “doors closed in your face” vibes going on, but you have to keep pushing through. And if you don’t enjoy what you do, if you are only focusing on the end goal solely, then it is very difficult to persevere and keep going no matter what. So the main thing is to trust your gut feeling, keep believing in what you do no matter what, and enjoy the process!
Finally, is there a message you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Melyz: Thank you for taking the time to read this Interview ❤ If you liked the new song “Bad Together”, you can follow me on social media @melyzofficial. And with everything going on at the moment with the Covid-19, I am sending all of you good vibes and courage! Stay safe and keep reading Fierce & Fabulous Revolution ❤
You can check out “Bad Together” on Spotify below.