MELE is not just Merseyside’s brightest prospect in terms of electronic production; he is one of Britain’s. Coming from Bromborough on the Wirral, Mele has undergone an incredibly sharp and rapid rise to fame in just a few short months.
Following the release of just his second EP, Bombay, he was invited to contribute a mix to the Mary Anne Hobbs Radio One show, which in the past has featured sets from Joker, Skream and DJ Shadow just to name a few. After the mix aired, heavyweight Sheffield producer Toddla T, sitting in for Mary Anne, uttered, “The open mindedness of it scares me.”
Mele’s mix included cuts from Wiley, Seiji, Douster and Benga; in essence, just a cataclysm of music. It was a fantastic showcase for Mele’s talents, not just as a DJ but as a producer. Indeed he said that he uses the same attitude when cooking up his live sets, “that’s usually what my sets are about, I have a short attention span so I always end up jumping from genre to genre.”
Back to the broadcast, and another point that Toddla T made, “One of the main things that amazes me about this youth is that he is just eighteen.”
Jaw to the floor. Eighteen? At that age I was skiving from College, working in my local Spar and generally finding numerous methods of wasting my time whilst using the minimal required effort. To say that at that time I could have been producing music of such maturity and quality would really be a joke. It’s these thoughts of comparison that make me truly understand and appreciate the level of skill that Mele, real name Krissy Peers, possesses.
Indeed, he admits that in the past he found it hard to find recognition for his tracks as, “Some people didn’t used to listen to my music because they knew my age.” He smiles and adds, “That’s changed a bit now.”
His critically acclaimed Bombay EP is an amalgamation of house, funk, fidget and dubstep. The title track is a behemoth of swirling subs and synths that recall the work of the Mad Decent crew Major Lazer. It is, in essence, just fantastic party music.
Despite all of these new and rare opportunities that he is finding, Mele argued that his life is no different to any other eighteen year old, stating that, “They work and go to college for a living. I make music, I still have to work at home though!”
After compiling a handy run of remixes for major labels, featuring edits for Skepta, New York Pony Club and Count & Sinden, Mele is slowly networking his way into the big names in electronic music. Despite this extensive list of editing work, Mele doesn’t simply say ‘yes’ to every offer, “I only do a remix if I think I can flip it in a totally different way. I’m not up for doing a million remix’s just for a bit of money, that never helps, it just ruins your creativity.”
After these live experiences and the contacts that Mele has acquired through his faultless and fresh productions, he is set for a huge couple of years. He is most certainly a name that you want to keep an eye on.