Thursday, July 26, 2018

 

10 Questions with Mellah


Liam Ramsden aka Mellah is a South East London singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is one of the UK’s brightest, most thought provoking young storytellers. A refreshing lyricist, Ramsden is a master in writing clever, unorthodox melodies and instrumental parts that demand attention. Not only does he write his own songs he directs the videos for them too.

Last year’s brilliant debut EP, Liminality wasn’t afraid to command attention .The new EP ‘Middle England’ out now on Colombia Records, shows Mellah’s strengths as a songwriter. He isn’t intimidated by any topic, and even if the subject matter can appear serious, he finds a way to weave in something extra: be it humour, observational poetry or playful motifs.

Definitely one to watch, we asked him our 10 Questions.



Where do you go to discover new music?
YouTube, it’s a treasure trove.

What have we got to look forward to with you this year? 
We’re playing a few festivals in England and Europe, Bestival, Boardmasters, Reeperbahn Festival with some more to be announced. I’m currently recording for a new release hopefully towards the end of the year. We’re also going to be doing a mini tour towards the end of the year.

First song you fell in love with?
Thong song by sisqo

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Robert wyatt or Neil young

What would you most like to own on vinyl?
Think I have pretty much everything I want to own, it tends to be how I buy my music. You can usually always find a knock off of the super expensive ones.

Who are you listening to at the moment?
A lot of Brazilian music, Ben Jorge, enjoying an American band called Big Thief and been having a Frank Zappa revival. And a lot of Etta and Nina in the mornings.

What's your guilty pleasure song?
Bernard fanning - Songbird ... it’s utter gruyere but I love it.

What inspires you to write music?
Emotions.. events and realities that I feel an emotional response to. And groove, good honest groove.

What's your favourite song to play live?
Depends on the audience. We used to cover you suffer by napalm death and dedicate it to the music industry which was fun. If the audience are with me I like playing numb because it feels like we’re all in it together. If they ain’t bothered Greeney blue cos we just get to jive.

Where would you most like to play?

Brixton academy. Pretty much every band from south London’s pinnacle.


Mellah - EP Middle England is out now Columbia Records
https://open.spotify.com/album/4aioRKe0ka9Uq5ACDAK41n