Melanie Baker is an extremely exciting new artist that recently came to our attention and we were thrilled to dive in with some questions about her as well as her debut EP. Enjoy our Q&A with Melanie below and be
The EP is called Dreamer and you’re up in the clouds on the cover, can you tell us the story behind this? We would love to know!
If I had to choose one word that describes me perfectly it would definitely be
We discovered your music through Peter Waterman, how did he help to shape these songs in the studio?
When I started working with Peter I came to him with so many different production ideas – I wanted the songs to sound big and powerful filled with different instruments and percussion. Peter held me back (which I am very thankful for now) and suggested we recorded the songs live and more stripped back. We discussed what the songs were about, what inspired them, how I felt when I wrote them and that’s when I realised these songs were filled with emotive lyrics and the only way to portray that was through the vulnerability of recording live. It was a daunting experience
How inspirational is it to be a musician based up in the stunning scenery of the Lake District and how does it compare to writing music in a
When I was a kid I used to dream of moving to a city, I always thought I would move away as soon as I turned 18 but that’s when I began to appreciate living in the countryside. Life is a lot slower up here and I think that allows me to dedicate a lot of time to writing whereas when I’m in the city, I notice I feel a lot more pressure to be constantly doing something and keeping busy like everyone around me and therefore less time to write music.
Talking of cities, we heard that you visited music city itself prior to the EP. Did your Nashville trip have an influence on your music?
Yes! Nashville was so incredible,
The EP highlights various personal experiences through your teenage years, do you have a favourite line or favourite song out of the five?
I think Homesick definitely is my favourite in terms of lyrics, probably because it’s the newest song on the record. It’s a song dedicated to my Mum because leaving home for the first time was the biggest milestone for me this year. My favourite lyric is
Songwriters all have their own approach to writing, are you a lyrics or music first kind of writer?
I always write the music and lyrics simultaneously. I usually start playing some chords on my keyboard or guitar and then the lyrics and melody follow pretty naturally. Sometimes I’ll have some lyric ideas written down on my phone or a notebook that inspire a song but for
If you could write a song with anyone and perform it anywhere in the world, who would you choose and where would you go?
I mean, it would have to be Joni Mitchell because she’s one of my idols…If I could, I would invent
Now, the big one – what are you most excited for in the next 12 months and what can we all expect from you next?
Honestly, the next few months I am dedicating to writing a lot of new songs which I think will be my best yet so I’ll definitely be releasing new music next year. After that, I will be playing a lot more shows around the UK. I think 2019 is going to be a very exciting year and I can’t wait!
We absolutely can’t WAIT to hear more from Melanie and we’re hoping that she will be down in London or even Essex to play a show soon. In the meantime, listen to Dreamer below on Spotify and be sure to follow Melanie online here.