Ahead of a special home coming gig at Chibuku Shake Shake's 15th Birthday celebration this Saturday (14th March), we talk Radio 1, Kano, festival season and of course Chibuku with Melé.
Hi Melé, how are you doing today?
Brilliant thank you!
How was the winter period for you? Did you spend most of the time gigging or was more time spent in the studio?
Bit of both really. I'm lucky enough to spend a lot of my weekends in the clubs, but have been working on a lot of exciting things over the last few months.
A few weeks ago you made an appearance on Diplo’s Radio 1 show. How did this come about?
Diplo & the guys that run the show where looking to switch the show up a little bit and have a UK resident come in to do a mix every 6 weeks or so and they asked me. It's really exiting, its all the best things about having a radio show without having to talk too much!
We also got to hear the brand new single from Kano on MistaJam’s show at the beginning of the month. Can you tell us a bit about working with Kano and when can we expect this to be released?
I first worked with Kano about 4 years ago on one of my early singles Beamer and we just kept in touch really, bouncing ideas about. He’s someone I really enjoy working with and for whatever reason it just seems to click between us. The latest track we did is coming out next month on what I believe might be record store day.
Do you have any other exciting releases in the pipeline that you can tell us about?
I just released Volume 3 of my Melé Vanelé mixtape series which is has always been snapshots of where my head is musicaly at the time. So the latest one features a lot of techno, UK funky influenced, percussion based edits and DJ tools. In the early summer there is going to be a 2 track EP on Redlights label Lobster Boy.
Obviously the summer festival season is fast approaching and I’m sure you will be looking forward to it. Are there any festivals your extra excited to be playing or, or just to go to, this year?
I always get excited just to go to Glastonbury and Bestival, I always book the weekends for these festivals off months in advance as they are always amazing. There are a few festivals I’m playing for the first time this year which I’m looking forward too!
Finally, you will be returning close to home this weekend to play for Chibuku’s 15th Birthday. You’ve played the party in the past, are you looking forward to celebrating with them?
I can’t wait. Chibuku literally changed my life when I was about 18 so it's always really special on a personal one for me to go and play there.
Interview by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Mele and Chibuku