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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW THE BAND MELT MOTIF

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Music has been a big part of my life, and I’ve always worked with creativity in different ways. But until now, primarily been visual. It’s like a constant creative process for me; music is one arena to be in. I needed a challenge during the pandemic, and Melt Motif was the answer.

Introduce us to all of the members and your musical history.

I’m Ken! I played in a band as a teen, but later I became more involved in other parts of the music industry. Rakel is actually a choir and opera singer, and they have been nominated for Grammy for one of their recordings. Joe is running his studio in São Paolo and works with production and mixing for many artists. A few years ago, he had a band called Doplhinkids; check it out!

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing? 

Is it? Haha. Well, it might be brutal, depending on expectations. In our case, it’s not about “making it” but just uncompromised creativity. We just do what we want, and it’s really cool when someone enjoys the result. So, we are doing pretty well! Almost half a million streams in our first year; I’m happy with that!

How have your songwriting skills developed over time?

I spent ages just being able to write thirty seconds of a song and then move on to the next. The significant change was when I was able to complete a track. And you get more confident with experience of course. The key for me is not to try to write that perfect song but follow the inspiration that hits me.

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?

The most important part is to reach out with your music to the right audience. You will gain more listeners and streams in the long run if you put your music in the ears of listeners who like your style rather than getting on generic playlists with random artists and listeners. 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?

Rakel lives in Norway. Ken is in the UK, and Joe is in Brazil.



Whats your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?

Things change, also the music industry. It has always been owned by some huge companies, and I see opportunities more than saying it was better before.

Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?

About Spotify? Nope. And nope, anyway!

Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

Yes, too many synths and drum machines. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

When I was in my first band, we had a small gig, and our drummer missed out. We found another one, but he didn’t know the songs or even the tempo… That was pretty embarrassing. And I know Rakel once did a vocal performance meant for a focused and listening audience. The audience was extremely drunk and not interested, haha. 

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

We have a sound of our own, as a reviewer wrote. Probably because we mix all sorts of genres. But that’s also a challenge for us, as you have bigger chances to get into playlists if you are spot on, on a genre.

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

Yeah, we are very excited about it! On the first album, it was Rakel and me. Now Joe, who mixed the first, has joined the band. That includes the composing process, and you can definitely hear we have more creative power now. The album is probably even more diverse, so for the genre purists, it will for sure be challenging.

What was the recording process like?

It probably sounds like it’s complicated, working in two studios on two continents and time zones, but for us, it’s gold. We do some stuff, share it between us, and the track evolves into a final song. We write the vocal melodies and lyrics in the end, which is the opposite of what most do. But it works for us!

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

No, I love it!