Today we’d like to introduce you to Mel Ross.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in New Mexico, came out to Los Angeles straight after high school knowing I wanted to write songs and do the music thing. I spent some time at a couple of colleges around the city, meeting people and getting a grip on my own craft and artistry – and now I’m gearing up to release stuff for the first time!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t think anything creative is a smooth road, especially if you’re coming to a place like this and starting from scratch. In retrospect, I see that most of my obstacles have been mental ones of my own making. It takes time to become the artist you’re meant to be, and working through my own relationship with selfhood has been the biggest challenge thus far. I’ve learned that patience and understanding are the best ways for me to approach my art and career. Taking some of the pressure off of both myself and my music has allowed me to flourish in ways that weren’t possible when I was being too critical and constantly reminding myself of who I wanted to be or what I wanted to achieve.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I write catchy ass tunes with an edge! I like to be playful in life and in my writing, even though I largely write about my own disappointment or disillusion with myself, a partner, the world, etc. In this very nascent stage in my career and artistry, I’m experimenting with lots of sounds and genres and trying to make stuff that I love. I want my music to be really immersive and colorful, and the personality to be huge.
I think that returning to a beginner’s mindset is what I’m most proud of – my outlook on my art and career has shifted to a much healthier and enjoyable place for me over the last year, and that was a big part of the personal work I’ve done outside of the music. It amazes me how hard it is to not take ourselves so seriously, but once we do, crazy things can happen creatively! I’m just trying to be as honestly myself as possible and find fulfillment in my life and music.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Nothing… except maybe not living in one specific studio apartment in Ktown, where I got bed bugs and had to abandon most of my furniture!
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