“Follow your dreams. Don’t give up!”
We were lucky enough to catch up and interview Miss Melody, a previous Dv8 student and now successful MC / DJ, to find out a little bit more about her journey into the music industry.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood / earliest ambition?
I grew up in Bexhill On Sea and my earliest ambition was to MC/ DJ. I have always loved music. I remember having a set of turntables and a fisher price mic at the age of 8 and loved it haha.
How old were you when you attended Dv8 Sussex and which course did you undertake?
Unfortunately when I left school there weren’t any courses such as what Dv8 offers.
After leaving school I went to college but shortly after I decided to get a full time job for 5 years.
While at my job I had a serious car accident that afterwards left me wanting to pursue my career in music. I didn’t know what to do but that’s when I found Dv8.
I started at the very beginning on the Level 2 Music Production & Performance course as I had hardly any knowledge of music theory, business or knowing where to start to become music artist.
Joining and studying at Dv8 was one of the best choices I’ve made in my life so far. I don’t honestly think I would be where I am if I hadn’t.
Can you explain what type and the range of work you get involved with?
As an artist I am involved with things such as business, PR, setting up studios, recording, time managing, promoting, writing, producing, events/ gigs, branding, design.
I also run events within the South East UK / London so I am also constantly managing and organising. Within these events I book artists, deal with agents, agencies, and various venues, and deal with health and safety. Basically I make sure everything is organised and ready for each event.
Can you tell us a bit about some upcoming performances you have planned?
It’s festival season so I will be in Europe and the UK performing at some great festivals/ gigs. I also have two local events coming up. One over and one under 18s event both with a great lineup so make sure you keep updated on my social media for updates!
What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?
To be doing what I do and have not given up. When I started Emceeing in Drum & Bass, female MCs (not singers) were not really on main stages/ festivals let alone in Europe. I wanted to change that.
I think there are a lot more females coming through now and it’s great to see.
If your 16-year old self could see you now, what would she think?
I would have laughed but with a massive grin on my face. I love what I do and couldn’t imagine it any other way.
What advice would you like to pass on to the current and future students of Dv8 Sussex?
Follow your dreams. Don’t give up.
Don’t listen to negative comments and stick with positive people. Make the most of your time at Dv8 and get as much knowledge as you can to carry with you on your musical journey.