I was blown away when I discovered Melodownz on Colors. After jamming out to the hard as hell beat and infectious flow, the usual annoyance instantly jumped into my head. How the fuck haven’t I heard this dude before?

 

I went straight to Spotify where I found that he had only recently released an ep named Avontales. This 40 minute EP took me deep into the heart of New Zealand’s streets and ignited a new interest of mine which I hadn’t even thought of before, the New Zealand hip-hop scene.

 

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KURT: To someone who has never heard your music before – how would you explain it?
Melodownz: Mellow. Wavey. Smooth. Easy listening. Urban. NZ Rap. Jazzy. Storytelling. Dope.

 

What’s the musical process you have when creating a song/album?

It all starts with how I’m feeling at the time, might be an emotion or something I’ve experienced, heard or seen that triggers me. Maybe music I’ve been listening too. Conversations with people, research, reading, everyday things all have a big part in the overall process when it comes to creating music. I can’t quite point specifically what it is, but it’s just that.

What’s been one of your most stand-out moments on your journey so far?

Probably playing in another city and everyone knowing the words to my songs, that shit buzzed me out. Getting messages from people that appreciate my music to the point where it’s literally helped them get through some dark times in their life. I never quite realized the effect of my music until then. Doing a colors session was surreal to me as I’ve been a fan of that platform for a minute.

Do you have a favourite song you’ve made and why? 

I don’t have a favourite, but I think my most important song would be ‘2 sides of 1coin.’ I’m narrating a story between a troubled fifteen-year-old boy and a middle-class woman. The first verse is about the boy being pressured from his older homies to commit a robbery in a house for money and valuables. He is under the influence and has nothing to lose, he doesn’t realize there is a pregnant woman in the house at the time, she see’s him, she screams, he gets a fright, panics and punches her over then runs away.

The second verse is the ladies perspective of her day leading up to that exact moment. I wanted to get across that there are always two sides to the story, the victim is glorified while the fifteen-year-old boy is put away and forgotten about, yes he fucked up, but he was misled. He needs help.

These things happen all the time, in real life, the woman wasn’t pregnant, I put that in there to enhance the story. What I’m trying to say is these days with peer pressure, negative surroundings and the way the system is, they try and hide the problem, cover it up and move on making it worse than trying to fix it and rehabilitate the solution.

How is the Hip-Hop scene in New Zealand – are there any artists you can suggest?

Hip-hop is well and truly alive. Our producers are starting to get international recognition especially after SmokeyGotBeatz got a placement on Jay Rocks latest album, produced for HitBoy and another song of Jay Rocks with SZA and Kendrick.

In terms of the rap scene here, it would be exactly the same as in the US and UK but the thing is, we are such a small country it’s down to a much smaller scale, the hip-hop community is thriving though, everyone knows of each other and we stay supportive at the same time as being competitive.

The culture here is thriving, we have out little sub-cultures and different scenes; like punk, rock, emo, spoken word, just like anywhere else. There’s always something happening in town.

Artists I could suggest are:

SWIDT

Baccyard

Eno x Dirty

Bailey Wiley

Badcrop

Raiza Biza

LMC

Montell2099

Abdul Kay

The list just goes on.

If you could collaborate with anyone – who would it be?

I would love to make a song with Anderson. Paak on the chorus, Andre 3000 on a verse/hook, and Kendrick on the other verse with the beat produced by Pharrel. That shit would be nasstttyyyy.

Is there anything you’d change about the music industry at the moment?

I would let more real artists in rather than a lot of these pop singers/rappers who get millions put into them and sold as product, I know its a business but we need more real music in the industry, I think these days with the internet, its easier to harness a following so its almost like if you find your niche market, you can do it all your self.

I would let more real artists in rather than a lot of these pop singers/rappers who get millions put into them and sold as a product. I know it’s a business but we need more real music in the industry, I think these days with the internet, it’s easier to harness a following so it’s almost like if you find your niche market, you can do it all your self.

 

 

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