Interview with local singer/songwriter: Melissa Eve – Olia Caushllari, Townley Grammar School
Meet Melissa Eve – an aspiring pop singer from South East London. With a love for lyricism and storytelling, her music is influenced by the narrative writing of Taylor Swift, as well as the high-end voice of Ariana Grande.
Eve’s recent performance at the “Reflection” show:
Watch the full here.
What are your musical inspirations?
I find Taylor Swift’s lyricism to be almost unmatched in our generation – I grew up with her music flooding the radio and my childhood. My parents belonged to the generation of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, so growing up with these two vocal icons playing throughout the house, as well as my level of intense love for Ariana Drande heavily influenced my vocal style, especially racing and whistles, which I first discovered I could do with the release of Grande’s promotional single from her 2019 album “thank u next” by just randomly trying it out in my living room while singing.
What is your story and your relationship with music?
My house is as musical as possible. My father had a singing career that stemmed from his father, Trevor Bastow, a successful musician himself with recognizable works such as composing the trumpet in the classic Christmas song “Stop The Cavalry”. My late grandfather also had his own music which is available on Spotify under the same name. Fortunately, I was able to write most of my songs on the piano that he passed on to our family when he died, so even though I never met him, it seems he met me, and we we know because of that. My sister also sings and writes her own songs on the piano, but she follows more of a country pop genre, also heavily influenced by Taylor Swift (we’re a big Swiftie family). My brother also plays and sings.
What is your favorite aspect of creating music?
Certainly collaboration. There have been so many wonderful people I’ve met on this musical journey over the past few months. While there’s nothing quite like the feel of a live performance, there really is something special about the people you meet and the art you create with them. It binds you for life. Even my own original songs could never sound as amazing as they do without the incredible musicians who bring my vision to life. I couldn’t be more grateful for the friends I’ve made through my art.
What is your songwriting process?
My writing process always begins with a lyric. My brain works in the lyrics. I have lyrics for everything I hear – whether it’s one of my songs or not. I’d be so good at the song matching game for Elle Magazine that they ask all the singers to do (someone give them my number right now!) The lyrics are the most important part of the song to me – his message. What do I mean? What do I want to feel or not feel? What do I want to let out or what do I want to cherish and keep? I’m going to put that into a melody and keep going with the theme of these random lyrics popping up, sometimes until I have the whole song without music. Then I go to the piano or guitar and find the chords that match. Once I have this basic acoustic or piano recording, my brain knows exactly how I want the rest of the song to sound and how I want each instrument to play on the song and what they’re playing. However, I have extremely long fingernails and can’t play anything but keys at the moment, which is where collaborating with talented musicians comes in.
What are your favorite songs to perform?
My favorite song I’ve performed so far in my career has to be an original Christmas song “You’re Not Take Christmas (Away)”. I last played it on December 17, 2021 and the crowd still loves it. It’s so festive. Who doesn’t love a good Christmas carol from broken heart to healing? It’s so eye-catching and festive. Some people have come to me to record it and I will definitely work with them to release it this year before Christmas. I also loved my new original “Perfect in White”, a song about a girl who regrets turning down a proposal, which I just performed last night (February 11, 2022) and was very well received. It’s so beautiful to me, lyrically and melodically. The writing style has again been compared to Taylor Swift, which couldn’t flatter me more. My tutor told me I had the X factor and would be very rich haha. It’s a song the band loves to play and it’s something I’m very proud of.
What do you want to achieve in the next 10 years?
For the next 10 years, I want to do exactly what I’m doing and be happy doing it. I want to act, write and love it like I always have. If I’m lucky I’d be very happy to have an audience starting to gather once I start uploading my music – something I hope to do in the near future when I write a few songs. Moreover. I would like to win a prize. It’s not my goal or my motivation, but it’s definitely one of my dreams. More than anything, I want to tour. I want to go out and show the world what I can do. I want to have played a whistle in every country.
Melissa Eve hopes to release some of her original music soon. Follow her journey on her instagram – @melissaeveofficial