Gathering support over recent years from industry stalwarts Annie Mac, Hudson Mohawke, Rustie, Zane Lowe, Mista Jam and Toddla T, plus a monster collaboration with Kano, Mele is beloved of UK ravers. He’s made a bass music niche all of his own with an electic yet smooth blend of 90’s house and techno mixed with contemporary garage and bass bangers.
We caught up with Mele for a quick chat about his recent exploits…
You're going to be playing at both the Birmingham and London dates of the AMP all day raves, which artists amongst those line ups are you most looking to performing alongside?
I'm looking forward to seeing Basement Jaxx, Eats Everything and Benji B, Avelino... too many names to mention! Such big lineups.
You've been busy playing at festivals various festivals this summer - Glastonbury, Parklife, Sonar and Lovebox amongst them. Which has been your favourite and why?
I think probably Parklife so far this year, everyone is just so up for it and you don't feel like you just have to play all the bangers.
Tell us a little bit more about Mele's manor…
I started Mele's Manor last year just as a means to go back to Liverpool and put on a good party! I did it so all my mates could come out to be honest, and for me I've always had some of my best DJ experiences playing in Liverpool over the years. We kept the venues really small so it kind of feels like a house party vibe. I've had Artwork, Klose One, Monki and Mella Dee down so far which where all great. I’ll be starting it again in September time.
How did the NRG flash collaboration with Monki come about and what can the audience expect on the dance floor?
We got asked to do the AMP tour at the end of last year and we wanted to do something that wasn't just Mele B2b Monki. We had the idea of making it a concept where we’d get visuals, bring a drum machine along with us so we could do live edits etc. And the music we play is just really fun basically. Classic house and techno, some old school rave bits mixed in with all the new stuff we’re playing in our separate sets.
Speaking of collaborations - If you could write music with any artist, past or present, who would it be?
Definitely DJ Premier!
Finally, what are your future release plans?
Lots of new music floating about right now - planning to release a lot of it between now and the end of the year.