On Girls Music
Melé creates euphoric high-octane dance music inspired by his love of transatlantic hip hop, computer games, techno, jungle and grime. The boy from the Wiral started young, producing tunes aged , [five] years on and he’s now one the UK’s premier underground producers receiving national airplay from Annie Mac, Mista Jam, Zane Lowe, Rodigan and Toddla T. With the airwaves well and truly locked, Melé continues to dominate the UK and international festival circuit making his annual pilgrimage to rinse out the bassbins at Sonar, Glastonbury, Bestival, Parklife and Lovebox.
In 2013 Melé took an enterprising leap to start his own label: Quadrants releasing his [title] EP. Melé also forged forces with Digital Soundboy to give away his contemporary steel pan take on DMX’s X Gon’ Give It To Ya,’ which proved to be one hell of a party starter. DJs Jackmaster, Moxie, Rodigan and Toddla all cosigned the DMX track using it in their sets. Following the success of releases on Quadrants, Grizzly, Digital Soundboy and Mixpak Records, Melé's teaming up with Toddla for the release of his [title] EP on the Sheffield natives Girls Music imprint. For Melé fans it’s another excellent EP to playlist alongside remixes for Disclosure, Bastille, Wretch 32, Lianne LaHavas and Gucci Mane.
As well as specially crafted mixes for Radio 1, Boiler Room, Lucky Me, Red Bull Studios London and the self-released Melé Vanele series, it’s the studio where Melé really comes into his own. He is focused and considered, meticulously balancing crisp snares, huge sub bass with 808 claps and rolling synths. Heavyweignt tunes like Beamer featuring Kano and Metal Gear are a nod to his hip hop muses DJ Premier, Just Blaze and Dr.Dre. Melé's beat creation is informed by a fascination and detailed understanding of analogue gear and computer games. The obsession started in his early teens where he would spend hours tinkering with drum machines in his bedroom and a retro copy of Reason. Since then he has upgraded to Logic and keeps the machines close for inspiration.
On the dancefloor Melé's DJ sets mainline into the crowds psyche. He confidently blends iconic 90s house and techno hits into his contemporary bass tracks like: hands-in-the-air epic Confetti Cannons and a re-edit of Hud Mo and Lunice’s Bugg’n slipped in for good measure. In 2012 Melé had a real homecoming at Creamfields, Liverpool playing to thousands, including friends and family, for Annie Mac’s A.M.P stage. After Creamfields Melé whipped the crowd into a hysterical frenzy under The Westway at Red Bull Music Academy and Major Lazer’s Notting Hill Carnival party. Playing back-to-back with UK funky pioneer Lil Silva, the duo complimented each other with a selection of bass bullets. Melé has also crossed the fader with childhood hero Mike Skinner, garage supremeo Oneman and Radio 1 DJ Monki. Out of the booth Melé's unique and individual production skills make him hot property with vocal and MC talent queuing up to create club hits.
"big up @SlickDon for the greatest birthday present ever.. a 5 pack of HB pencils"Tue Mar 31 23:12:15 2015
"RT @AMPlostandfound: Got serious love for @ukmele and his mixtapes… Volume 3 available to download now https://t.co/y5cEfMlNR2"Tue Mar 31 19:18:33 2015
"RT @Lukek94: It just wouldn't be Bestival without @ukmele @ChloeS17 @abi_williams__ http://t.co/aEKCb5SnES"Tue Mar 31 19:18:13 2015
"RT @CHIMPOMCR: http://t.co/sO7tTBJyfw"Tue Mar 31 13:19:18 2015
"@abbiestein 😂😂"Tue Mar 31 11:27:46 2015