In 2017, Melo B Jones released her debut EP, The Start. By then, she had already made a name for herself as a singer with an interesting sound and approach to her live performances — thanks, partly, to her music production centre (MPC).
Fast forward three years later and this self-described “boom-baptist” has released an EP called The One that still leans towards boom bap in sonic style but is accompanied by a maturing soul-inspired vocal.
Coming in at just under 18 minutes, the five songs on The One describe a woman reflecting on the one that got away as well as the one who aims to ward off bad energy (on iVibe) and encourage others to pursue their dreams (on Dala).
#Trending caught up with the singer-songwriter to find out more about The One.
How would you describe this EP?
It’s been so long coming and I have listened to this music for years so it’s surreal to think: ‘oh, you finally know this song!’ The music I put out on The One resonates so much with me and who I am and a part of my life I really wanted to share, regardless of what new material I had to share. It’s almost like a catch-up session between me and the listener. I’ve refined a lot of my sound and this EP is a good bridge between my introduction to audiences and what I will be working on in future.
“I’m too fly for this” is a bold opening line of the first song, The One…
As the years have gone by and I have matured and started to understand myself and what I want from relationships and friendships, that line is a big realisation. It’s something I thought but never said out loud and now that I’ve said it, things have started to fall into place. I am actually too fly for a lot of it. I’ve realised the things I will and won’t accept — and not only in a romantic relationship. Setting boundaries has always been a struggle of mine but I have gotten better at keeping them.
Monate is a song that is underpinned by consent — did you write it with that in mind?
Consent is a theme I have tried to be conscious of in all my music. On a previously-released song called Another Level, I say what’s mine is yours and it’s really up to you. You can be sexy but still be inviting and let your offer be accepted or declined. One thing that was also intentional is from a song called Dala. In the second verse, I say: ‘do what it is, handle your biz, ma’am or sir, whichever you prefer.’ That lyric was specifically for the transgender community. Going forward, I want to work more with that community because I’ve been exposed to a lot online and want to reflect that in my reality. The easiest way to start for me is with the music. I wanted to reaffirm for them and all of us that you can do and be anything you want to be. You can be proud of who you are and live it to the fullest. I hope that verse comes across that way when you hear it.
Was it a conscious effort to have taking charge of one’s life as the common thread throughout the EP?
What I wanted to express with a song like Dala is that there is no one else who is going to take charge of our situation but ourselves. As long as it has to do with your life and you’re not being harmful to anyone else, you absolutely have to do what you have to do. You can’t always consider what others will think and say because you won’t get much done that way.
Tell us about Here, which is the final song on the EP?
My songs aren’t always about me. Sometimes the inspiration is from things I watch, conversations with my friends, conversations with me and even good old day dreams. Of all the songs on this project, Here is the most mature offering I have and it’s purposefully put at the end of the EP to let you know that’s the direction I’ll be heading in with future music. It’s the end of a project but it’s also the latest version of me. It’s the last note that you can have of the kind of artist I am.