Melt – Interview
Interview with Olivier (guitar) of Melt and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
O: The hobo type. We play what i use to call “dark alternative rock”and we do it as if the world did not exist.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
O: I met charlotte 13 years ago, we worked on drugs, madness and self-destruction and then we finally decided to save our lives, wrote and play music alone for 5 years, found our musician and tada, 4 more years playing live and releasing 2 albums and here we are.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
O: I use to think we don’t have any musical influences. You know, i’ve almost stopped listening music when i got out from adolescence, i was more interested in the music i could create. The bands or artist i listen to have nothing to do with what we play, classic music, ost, dark folk But i remember having felt achievement when i composed something that made me think of Sixteen Horsepower. Its the outro of the song Hellion, on our 2nd album.
For the non-musical i think inner peace would be the best answer.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
O: Releasing the next albums, 2 more to go, maybe 3. Starting a folk project, maybe doing some gigs with it.
And Finding peace. I’d like to know what i’m looking for in life, what is this mysterious and exhausting desire thats haunts me. Music helps a lot and music contains a part of the answer, but unfortunately it’s not enough. At different degrees we all share this feeling in Melt.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
O: I (Oliver guitarist) write music, Charlotte (guitarist singer) writes lyrics and singing line. Jux, our bassist sometimes creates his own lines, sometimes we do it together. The very subject of the songs are Charlotte’s secret and believe me it’s very well kept secret. But to give you a general idea i’d say that it’s about the relation between you and that unknown mystery that awaits you when you die.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
O: We do no longer play live, we decided to become a studio project, but for the albums we release we pay a PR agency because it’s a real job, as a musician i’m unable to do it properly and i’m not using social networks anyway.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
O: I don’t like it, i mean itâ€™s a cool thing because i like people having the oportunity to discover Melt but i’m from a time in which we used to be more demanding with music, what we expected from it was more than a cool band with attitude and big sound, we had to buy magazines and samplers to discover the stuff we like, we didn’t have everything available on youtube. I have the impression that giving people all the music in the world made them jaded and unable to deepen their relation to music.
More generally i’m a kind of technophobic, like Unabomber, i think the world is going a wrong way, everybody talks about communicating with the whole world but nobody really communicates.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
O: All the songs i wrote, because the creation of each one of them helped me being more and more detached of the world of humans.
But to play the game i’d tell Dirty Blue by Woven Hand would be a good one. The lyrics are mysterious and beautiful, and the music ho man what can i say? Just listen to it.
But hey, why not Chickenshit Conformist by Dead Kennedys? The lyrics are hilarious and so true.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
O: Fucking insomnia. but I try to have no pet peeves, staying away from what i dont like.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
O: Our 2nd album, ” The secret teaching of sorrow” And also this time when we refused to participate at festival who demanded our singer to be more polite. Such a bunch of morons!!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
O: We work on acoustic version of some of our songs but mainly for pleasure, there’s no project related to that but that could make an interesting album! i’d like to find a folkish feeling, otherwise we work on the demos of our third album, but we take tour time, it takes time anyway, time to live new personal experience outside of music.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
O: We have 2 albums and an historical demo on our bandcamp and the name of our 2nd album -“The secret teaching of sorrow”- is original enough so that by typing it in google you’ll find it on all your favorite platforms, but if you really want to support us, go on Bandcamp: https://melt4.bandcamp.com/