RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AUSTRALIAN ARTIST MELODY LEE HAYDEN
G’day folks’ thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I chose to be a solo act as I felt that I had something to say, I love to write and singing just brings me such amazing joy.it is hard to find others with that same passion. I have been blessed to have found an amazing supportive producer Mr David John Lynch at Diamond Recordings to produce and play on the Changed albums as well as myself Melody Lee Hayden, Mr piano Zac De lacey and happening drummer Mr Jason Martin to complete the line-up.
For me there is nothing else like it in the world standing on the stage as the spotlight is on and as the music starts to play, that one moment in the spotlight makes the hard work worthwhile.
Introduce us all to you and your musical history?
I play piano and a little guitar have written over 300 songs I started writing at the age of 10
Also studied dance and music theory got a job as a dancer and singer in some shows and musicals in Sydney and Melbourne but for most of the time mostly lived in Sydney until I was hit by a drunk driver and lost my memory for 3 decades.
My memories returned it was just like I had woken up after a night’s sleep in Oct 2019 and remembered who I was musically and have written, recorded and released 8 singles and My latest album Changed Pt1 was released in April 22 with Pt2 out in August 22.
What’s the best piece of advice you have received?
Sing you were born to do it, so get out there and don’t stop till the crowd is on their feet. You’ve got this!
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic? If so what?
A Toyota Hybrid cruiser beautiful white car with a fantastic sound system, then 2 days later we were in lockdown I didn’t get to drive it for 4 months. It felt like it was a real waste of registration money. But it did look pretty in my driveway.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Not a big fan of Tic Toc
We have recently seen an influx of Australian artists contacting us at RGM so started RGM Australia What going on in the water out there there’s some great stuff coming out?
Some fantastic up and coming talent and great Aussie battlers, we just love to create, with everything that our country has faced in the last 12 months. Fire, Floods, lockdowns, there are bound to be some fantastic songs written and recorded about overcoming everything that has happened.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I was doing some back up singing for a blues band at the Sydney entertainment centre we are getting ready to go on stage following a comedy act, when the band tells me the lead singer hasn’t shown up, so I had to sing lead Infront of thousands of people, I had only rehearsed once with the band, in the week before the show. After a moment of panic and sorting out my music charts, I had 5 mins to get a 20 min set down pat. It was both thrilling and nerve-racking at the same time. We nailed it and had the crowd screaming for more 20 mins turned into 35 mins and I had the best time of my life. That was my first and last time singing back up. (In case you’re wondering about the lead singer Tom, he was ok, he had just got a flat tyre on the harbour bridge, and they towed his car)
Lucky for me!
What was the worst experience on stage?
I was comparing and singing at a festive and in a break comparing the talent show in-between as we were raising money for leukaemia one of the acts was doing comedy and threw a bucket of water, it missed its target and got me.
I was wearing a long white dress that instantly became see-through and I had nothing on underneath.
I have never got behind a curtain so fast, while not missing a beat talking, so happy no one got it on camera, luckily, they all thought it was a costume change.
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
Know how to craft, sing or playing, practice all the time, and be ready to be your best self at a moment’s notice no matter what try to always believe in yourself.
You never know who is watching and waiting to find the next big thing.
What’s your biggest achievement as a band/Artist?
I want to tell you No I don’t just went number 1 worldwide. I may have to wait a few weeks for that. As an up-and-coming artist. I believe just being here and talking about my new album with you is awesome. The first single we released Stay Safe 2020 my debut year was played in 167 countries and then we were in lockdown for 4 months, so I was very happy that it grew all by itself without any promotions. So, I was very happy about that.
What makes you stand out as a band/Artist
I am a strong outspoken woman who isn’t afraid to write about the truth in my music, I am big bold, and very passionate about the songs I create and choose to sing
I give my everything to my music. Sometimes it makes it hard for the people that care about me as I am so dedicated to what I do and I don’t let anything stand in my way, I have been broken and got back up again. Now, this is my time, and I will do whatever I can to reach my goals and share my heart, my music, and my journey with my fans.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
The war frightens me and makes me angry and so worried for all those wonderful people getting hurt so many lives destroyed, and hearts are broken I feel the pain every day and pray and hope for change. Written in my song If Only
Talk me through the thought process of the single/album?
Changed Pt1-Pt2 Is about the things I have gone through in my life to get to this point, I died have been brought back to life, have had injuries to 85% of my body and mind this was my way of showing that no matter what happens in life you must make the best of any circumstance. Stronger than I’ve ever been, Stronger Than I ever thought possible, Strong Enough for me which is the last song on Changed Pt1 and I hope that song can help others when they hear Stronger Than and the whole album to
Dream big as all things are possible!
What was the recording process like?
I love recording, Firstly I have a studio at home, so I put a draft down then take it over to Dave at diamond recording studios and lay it down Properly I love the energy and feeling of writing a new song and really enjoy creating new beats. I believe every time you finish a song you make it that little better than the last, so the energy is fantastic, and it drives me to write and create more.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
No, I Don’t Is the latest single off the album and it was difficult to allow myself to be so vulnerable to show, to sing what I was feeling no matter what the cost, or who it could hurt, anxiety from lockdown was really setting in and doubts about whether my songs were good enough plagued my thoughts. I was crying out for help and trying to lift myself out of the darkness of depression and quiet the voices in my head. To do that I had to rip up all my doubts and tear down anyone who got in my way. And learn to say No I don’t like that No I don’t agree with that. You don’t know me at all. I had to believe in change, belief in myself again, I knew no matter what anyone said, I would write the truth about how I was feeling as I am sure a lot of other people around the world were feeling the same.
Would you change anything now its finished?
I don’t think so. I am happy with everything I achieved, and you can see the progression in the album it tells the story and part 2 is even more energetic I have written some really great songs, I enjoyed releasing Changed Pt1 first I just couldn’t wait any longer or I would have burst and know it will be great to have both part 1 and part 2 finished the full story. Soon.it will be finished before I know it and out. I love every minute of the process and last night I wrote the final song for part 2. It is called Somewhere in the dark and will be a fitting end to the album.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Sing, tour, write, perform and share my music with the world (just a quiet one )
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Changed Pt1 out now Please Buy, stream, listen, share, subscribe, like, and hit me up with any questions, or just come and say hi. on any of my socials or YouTube
Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.