Mel Monaco is a truly dynamic artist that draws from a wide range of influences making each song she creates a unique and enjoyable music experience. Born in Northern Ontario CA, Mel is a multi-talented musician who is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. Now based out of Niagara, she molds her life experiences into sensational lyrics and tunes and graciously shares with her audiences. Mel’s first release, “Anything Goes,” was quickly followed by her project “These Are Just Suggestions”. The second CD released April 2015 and hosts “Single Again”-2016 Niagara Music Award “Music Video Of The Year”. Mels eagerness has landed her back in the studio this year to follow up on her latest music video “UNTAMEABLE.” The follow up EP is set to release this November!
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music?
Definitely my family. Musical household for sure. And super supportive and loving, it was the right place for me. And truthfully, I really enjoyed exploring on my own. Writing, playing music became my best friend. I could always be myself!
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Releasing an Album, Video AND Calendar all at the same time. It was intense and beautiful! That was pretty crazy. But truth be told, nothing TOO wild YET! But come on CRAZY!
What has been the high point of your music path?
Being featured on Huff Port: Niagara Series for my music career and personal life in the Niagara community! It was so much fun. Check it out! (Nashville Life was used on the show) www.aol.ca/video/show/like-a-tourist/SHW577fcabb76a6055145fea0c6/59774264e0fa172bffffb4cb/
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
For me, the music comes to me. Always starts with the melody. Sometimes a bass line. There is something that happens, If find it catchy and interesting my rule is…Don’t write it down!If you remember it the next day…maybe you’re on to something. THEN the true process begin, what the heck to do with that lick that wont get OUTTA your mind! What is it saying to me, so I write the words and build the song. It’s an emotional experience for sure.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Make it easier to enter and play USA as a Canadian artist. I want to pay New Orleans! And every other amazing city in USA, as well as Canada!
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Alabama Shakes- Brittany is amazing. Leon Bridges- so much energy! Lady GaGa- an inspiration.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
“This Ain’t Meant To Be Easy”- New track I am releasing on the EP “Wishing, Waiting, Floating” this November 2018. It was the most challenging because the melody didn’t come to me for a long time, what the song was actually about…and secret *I sing in Italian for some of it! My roots!
What's coming up in the future?
New EP “Wishing, Waiting, Floating” November 2018 Maybe 2019 Mel Monaco Calendar Definitely a new music video! Just you wait!
Tell us where fans can access your music.