Interview: Scott Melker

Tell us a little bit about you.
Who are you and where are you from?

I am originally from Gainesville, Florida, where my interest in music began. I was a precocious child, always trying to perform for anyone who would pay attention. I was a competitive classical Pianist from the age of 5. I attended the University of Pennsylvania, where I became a DJ and sang in an A cappella group. Yup, I admitted it.

What are you up to, when you’re not making music?
Needlepoint, competitive pogo, extreme water polo and riding my pet pony “Urban Meyer.” I’m also really into cooking, long walks on the beach and sushi.

At what point did you start to seriously pursue your music career?
Although I was very active in music during my 9 years in Philadelphia, it was when I moved to Manhattan that I decided to pursue music full time. Since then, I have dabbled in every facet of the music business, from performance and production to management and booking. I’m yet to sink to stripping, so I must be doing something right.

Which artists inspired you?
I have always considered myself an old soul. While everyone else was biting on the newest trend, I was generally listening to Stevie Wonder and The Whispers records on repeat. I don’t have much interest in seeing a Deadmau5 show, but I will travel cross country to catch the New Edition reunion tour.

Oh, and Justin Bieber, obviously. He’s dreamy.

What was the greatest moment of your career so far?
I have been fortunate to have some incredible opportunities, but a few definitely stand out. In 2006 I was hired to be the DJ in Toshi Kubota’s (the “Michael Jackson of Japan”) band. In that role, I played over 40 stadiums and arenas in Japan. Not only did I open the shows, on stage alone in front of tens of thousands of people, but I was also a big part of the 3 hour show.

Playing at Red Rocks in Colorado was incredible as well. Dropping Sunday Bloody Sunday (the video was shot there) in front of a packed house and hearing the crowd lose their collective minds was memorable.

I have had some incredible moments as a producer as well. Working with the Soul Diggaz has led to some interesting situations… Playing keys on a new track in the studio while Diddy danced on a table cheering was definitely a strange one.

Any big events coming up for you?
I’m working on a summer tour with the crew at Moodswing360 for my live act, tentatively called “The Melker Project.” If things go as planned, there should be big events in every market in America this year. Fingers crossed.

Your track of the year so far?
My Jay–Z and Lana Del Rey remix has been the highlight so far. It marked the first time that I have topped the popular chart. I was blown away by it’s popularity. I’m also a narcissist.

Anything else you would like to say to your fans and our readers?
See you soon at a stadium near you… or maybe a county fair.

Thank you Scott for taking the time to answer our questions! As for the pony … we probably need pictures to verify this story.

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