"I think it's important to show variety and have fun" | Guestlist's exclusive with rising d&b talent, Mel C

Drum and Bass | Tuesday 21st January 2020 | Arren

Mel C is quickly establishing herself as one to watch in drum & bass.

Hailing from Kent, this DJ has been making waves across the scene with a wave of quality live sets. She’s also been firing out loads of mixes online and is a resident over at Data Transmission.

She effortlessly works her way across the drum & bass spectrum drawing a killer selection each and every time. We are hotly tipping her to have a huge 2020, and with more gigs on the horizon and having a drove to get into the studio things can only really go one way!

We managed to have a quick chat with this rising drum & bass star where we speak about her influences, idols and what we can expect from her in the future.

Hey, how are you?
I'm really good thank you, feeling really positive!

How was your New Year?
I just had friends over on New Years Eve, I think there's too much pressure on NYE to have a good time. As long as you're surrounded by great people and good music you're onto a winner...and some drinks of course. My New Year's resolution is to have a bit of a digital detox, time away from my phone and switch my mind off - I think that's important.

Have any goals for 2020?
My main goal for 2020 is to get producing tunes properly, I've got so many ideas buzzing around in my head it's time to put the wheels into motion.

What’s your schedule looking like right now - any big dates in your calendar you’re excited for?
I'm from Kent and the drum & bass scene is really thriving in this area, it's great to see so many club nights pop up and DJs in the same genre as you, most of my gigs are here too, I've got a few exciting shows coming up but they're unannounced yet so I might get into trouble!

You’re a rising DJ talent in drum & bass whose mixing encapsulates 360 degrees of the genre. When did you first come across the genre, what made it stand out for you, what were the first tunes/DJs you had/saw?
Growing up I was always into a very wide range of music and I've always been open-minded with music, I never pigeonholed myself. I would say though, for the majority I was very much into my rock and metal and it was the likes of The Prodigy, Pendulum and Chase & Status that had that ability to cross over and not only tear it up in Ibiza but also to smash it at Download Festival too - They introduced me into the heavy side of dance music and drum & bass and from there I just dove in deeper!

What producers do you always have your eye on? What is it you like about their sound?
I really admire Camo & Krooked's productions, they have such a signature style that sets them apart from anybody else, I also love the melodic soulful side of drum and bass - Technimatic’s latest album, Through the Hours, is really nice! Last but definitely not least is Keeno, All the Shimmering Things is a masterpiece from start to finish, his songs are so atmospheric and cinematic.

You’ve been making the rounds for guest mixes showcasing your skills on the decks, who would you say has influenced your mixing the style the most?
Friction is my DJ idol, the way he seamlessly weaves in and out of all sub-genres of drum & bass from liquid to jump-up, old skool to new skool and his song selection is so strong in all of his sets, I think it's important to show variety and have fun.

What’s your most memorable moment behind the decks?
It would have to be DJ'ing straight after Chase & Status in Lincoln at Club MTV, the nerves were REAL that night but as soon as I got behind the decks and saw the crowd and felt their energy it was amazing. Was the first time I had pyro for my set too, scared the shit out of me!!

If you could play anywhere in the world, where would that be and why?
I am DYING to play Boomtown, that festival is like a different planet! The effort that goes into the stages and the production is out of this world. Another dream for me is to perform at Amnesia in Ibiza and Glastonbury for obvious reasons!

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt?
Trust in the process, never compare your journey to anybody else's. What's meant for you will come.

What’s your life motto?
Life has 3 answers for you: "Yes" "Not Yet" or "I've got better things planned for you".

When you’re not music together, what do you like to do to relax?
I love hitting the gym and getting stuck in a good cardio session. I know that's some people's idea of hell but I come out of it feeling great physically and mentally but on the complete opposite side I also love ordering a takeaway and watching old school Simpsons episodes, I'm actually a massive goofball.

What records were the biggest game-changers for you? When did you first hear them?
More Than Alot by Chase and Status and Hold Your Colour by Pendulum were big game changers for me, 100%!

Was there a party/event that changed your life?
Andy C at Wembley was on another level, one of the best nights of my life. Everybody there was on the same vibe, nothing else mattered but the music.

What would you do to change the world?
I think that online trolling needs to be taken seriously. There's a huge mental health epidemic not only in music but in general and trolling is a huge factor in it. People don't understand what their actions and words can do to others and seem to forget that just because you're in front of a screen doesn't mean it’s not real life.

What are you most in love with right now?
My cat, Pickle, I adopted him a few months ago from a local shelter.

If you could fill a swimming pool with anything, what would that be?
Hot sauce...actually that might hurt. Gin!

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