Full Blown Meltdown - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Full Blown Meltdown. We discussed the early inspiration behind pursuing music, songwriting, recording new song “Party With Villains”, when to expect more new music, the best diy artists to check out right now, and more. Check it out below. 

First, thanks for the interview. 

Of course homie! Thank you! I’m proud to be featured! Been following you for forever, and you always supply me with a ton of great music I haven’t heard before!

Can you tell me how you started making music for those who may be unfamiliar with it? How did you initially become interested in music?

My parents always listened to a ton of great bands and initially that’s what set my love for music on fire! But what made me truly want to play was my 5th grade music teacher telling me I ‘didn’t have enough rhythm to be a drummer’ when I told her I wanted to learn to play drums. I told my parents and they bought me a drum set, and it became by FAR my main instrument and the one I enjoy playing most! To this day I hope she’s still regretting trying to crush an 11 year olds dreams.

You released your debut single “Let Me Hang” in March. What made you decide to pick that song as your debut song?

This is probably going to be an odd answer, but it was because as much as I liked the song, it just wasn’t good enough to put on an album. It felt like a solid song to get people interested though, because it was such a constant barrage of sound, and I’m very happy with the reaction so far!

I really like your vocal approach on the song. Do you start with music, lyrics, or a melody when writing songs? 

Thank you! I’m huge on melody first every time and then writing around that! Lyrics wise I have a notebook absolutely filled to the brim, so most the time it’s just a matter of finding a good lyric that fits the melody I’ve written.

Your single “Party With Villains” is coming out May 15th. Can you tell me more about writing and recording it?

Oh, I absolutely love this question. This song was one of my most recently written and it was an absolute blast to write/record. I record with my best friend, Tony McVaney (ERGOtheEGO), in his bedroom studio. I record rhythm guitars myself before we do anything else, then go to Tony’s and lay down the drums. After that I record all the vocals between Tony’s studio and my car. Beyond that, Tony produces with me and we flesh out the rest of the song from bass to leads to harmonies. He’s not just my best friend and producer, but also an absolute genius.

Do you have a favorite lyrical or musical moment from the song? Why? 

The entire thing is a giant stab at the music industry lyrically, and talks about how even though we all absolutely despise it, we all continue to go back for more. I’d have to say my favorite line is one that refers to Bear VS Shark that I don’t want to spoil, but I hope people in the music scene catch onto it.

Can we expect more new music this year? Is there 
any chance that you’re working on an EP or album?

Firstly, there’s a few more singles on the way! Second, there’s a COMPLETELY finished album that no one has heard a single song off of, and won’t hear anything off, for the next few months!

You’re currently hosting a year of DIY support on your Twitter. Who are a few of your current favorite DIY artists?

Oooohhhh this is a TOUGH one. Musically top 5 currently? Arcadia Grey’s new album is an unbelievable masterpiece. Stomach Book put out one of my favorite LPs of all time and all the new singles have blown me away. A Place for Owls (and Nick Webber) put out some of my favorite music in the last year. Updog has been my jam recently, and are just as good of humans as musicians. Lastly? Just about every single artist on Lonely Ghost and Really Rad records are absolutely KILLING it.

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

Yes! Bands and homies, PLEASE keep supporting each other. DIY can only survive if we all help each other win. You all are unbelievable, and I’m so grateful to each and every one of you for being such great humans. Thank you again for having me! This was a blast!

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