Interview – Melanie?

Canadian blues-rocker Melanie? has released her new single, “Be Careful With My Heart”.

Adding to her 500,000+ streams and counting, the new bluesy pop ballad is chocked full of emotion, tasty guitar leads, and a simple, yet groovy bass line. It’s all par for the musical course for the Toronto-based artist (nee Melanie Goldman) who Clash Magazine recently described as “defiant in her outlook, staunch in her approach, and completely, utterly ruthless in her execution.”

Melanie? says her music has been influenced overall by not only a variety of classic rock legends like Robert Plant and Kurt Cobain but modern trailblazers as well, such as Alabama Shakes, the Marcus King Band, and the legendary Leon Bridges. The avid mental health advocate describes her overall sound as not just “rock,” but “blues,” “pop,” “growth” and “self-love.”

Check out “Be Careful With My Heart” below, and find out more about Melanie? via our mini-interview.

First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m a mental health advocate, a psychotherapist in training, a musician, an artist, a philanthropist, overall I just want to help people feel better about themselves whether it be through music or mental health.

Tell us about the recording process behind ” Be Careful With My Heart”.

I like to usually just start off with guitars, and vocals as my starting point to lay down the groundwork for the song through its lyrics, and melodies. Once the lyrics and melodies were decided, Jeff Hazin, and I was able to build out the exact band, instruments, and a budget to include for the song. From then on we just started building, and building and building to get the final version of the song you hear today (there was tons of mastering and mixing obviously 😉 ).

What was the highlight of 2020?

Getting Engaged to the love of my life and us getting the cutest puppy in the world!

What do you hope to accomplish in your career in 2021?

Getting my music out to bigger audiences, speaking on bigger platforms, being a face on bigger platforms, growing my social media presence, and just getting recognized by bigger people to continue my passion to keep building.

Is there anyone out there you’d like to collaborate with in the future?

I’d love to collaborate/open for Lake Street Dive, Chris Stapleton, Leon Bridges, Marcus King, lastly if this was for a local collaboration I really love lately Ruby Waters and Allan Rayman.

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