Tell us about yourself.
I’m a composer, singer, songwriter, pianist, violinist, and music therapist.
Tell us about the genre of your music.
Tell us about the story behind your song.
This is my 112th song. I write from in the darkness with my piano. If you want to hear happy, listen to some EDM artist, hit a space bar on their Mac as they loop it for an hour. This song is in the vein of melancholy, per usual, but I also wanted to write something that was uplifting. It seems like there’s a lot of transition happening as we enter a new phase of evolution, and with that comes a lot of instability, fear of the unknown, and anxiety. I just wanted to encourage folks and say “don’t give up, just don’t stop” – if nothing else, just to see what happens, because it’s going to be interesting.
Tell us about the problems you are facing as a musician.
The music business has become a free commodity, like water, in the sense of streaming and there is no way to sustain business via record sales.
Thus, the leftover industry has corrupted the digital market and cut deals with dried-up labels, to offer some artists (the 1% mainstream) different price points than others (the 99% indie).
Indie musicians then have to find ways to generate tours to build monetary gain off live shows and merchandise. I’m not facing any problems as a musician in the sense of why I do it and how I use it to cope. That’s still the same. It’s just a business.
Tell us about the recording and production of the song.
Words and music – Melanie Edwards.
Producer and sound engineer – Doug Whipple.
Cover art – Kelly Schneider of Kelly Schneider Fine Art.
Recorded at Kreeger Studios, American University.
List the names of blogs, radio, or TV stations that have supported you so far.
Jamsphere, GiGhive, Ourstage, The Deli, Museboat, Woman of Substance Radio, Nickelodeon, Pawn Stars, Sivana, Voices from the DMV, Music Alley Radio, Sim Live Radio in Germany, The Independent Music Network, and loads more. I’m lucky to have a lot of independent music sites take interest!
Tell us more about your music career, experience, and future goals.
I began singing at age three and playing the piano and violin at nine. I wrote my first song and won a talent show at age 15. I’ve been a professional singer/songwriter for 23 years.
Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Pain. Fear. Attachment. Depression. Anxiety. Childhood Trauma. Hormones. Being a Leo sun, Aries moon, and Scorpio Rising. I’m serious about that last combo.
Brief us the top secret behind making a hit song.
Pay for it. And that’s not even a secret.
Tell us the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
“Don’t buy drugs. Become a rock star and get them for free.” – Love Actually.
Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have obtained.
I think just going to my website would be the best.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I ALWAYS have my instrument; usually, piano. I might write a word or two on a piece of paper during the day, as a thematic. But I need the music to tell me what the song is about. The composition is critical for me and the words are born from the music.
Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.
Sadly, Dolores O’Riordan was one of my inspirations. RIP. I also love Tori Amos, Natalie Merchant, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Kate Bush, and The Posies.
State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your songs.
Facebook: Profile: MelanieRyanEdwards
Facebook: Page: MelanieEdwardsLaboratories
Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
The day I didn’t care anymore.
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
Invest it, grow it, donate to a charity supporting therapy for children of divorce.
Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.
Truly, music is the only thing I do. Day in and day out. I do yoga, meditate, play with my old dog and drink wine if there’s any leftover time.
Tell us your future plans pertaining to music.
I don’t predict those things. I’m a day-by-day gal.
Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.
When words no longer do justice, use music.
Tell us the major reason you are into music.
Coping strategy. Connection with the Supreme.
Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.
The day I “Just Don’t Stop”.