Dreamy singer-songwriter Melbs bb has released her new single Astrology (clothesline), a catchy pastel fantasy with a dark, edgy underside. The video for Astrology (clothesline) is a comical and witty look into the traits of each astrological sign. Clever and incisive, with a sweet DIY charm, this video includes something for everyone, and each viewer is sure to feel uncomfortably ‘seen’ at some point throughout! Melbs bb aka Erica Lilly tells Hi Fi Way more about it.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single?
It’s been pretty intense but very exciting! It was amazing to see so many positive reactions to this song I wrote in my car. I’ve had that anxious knot in my stomach for months now like when you’re on a roller coaster on the ascent. It’s just been building and building. Nice to finally to have the song out.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
I worked with Sam Swain on this one and he’s an absolute champion of a producer and engineer so it was pretty smooth. That being said, I was really set on a particular vocal sound and that required quite a bit of finessing. Honestly I’m a perfectionist so the whole thing required finessing. Sam’s really nice about it though.
Sonically, how would describe your music?
I think placing it under the Indie Pop umbrella is a safe place to put it. Has lots of synths and guitars (and I always love a bit of an atmospheric spacey vibe) but I’m a hook machine so it’s always going to be more Pop than anything else.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
It’s pretty hard to narrow it down to just one artist because my influences change but in the past year, I’d say Charli XCX has been the biggest influence. She’s a lot more electronic and in many ways, more experimental than I am, but I think the thing she excels is great writing and song construction. I’ve really tried to tighten up my writing recently and I think Charli’s a big part of that.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
I was watching a Nathan Zed video somewhat recently where he was talking about Justin Bieber trying to get number 1 on the Billboard chart and after a bit of rant he said something to the effect of ‘if you’re an artist in the world, appreciate whatever stage you’re at because you’ll never be in the same position again’. I don’t know why but that kind of flipped a switch in my brain. Instead of being hypercritical and constantly comparing myself to others, I’ve started being appreciative for every bit of progress.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
DEFINITELY! Touring has always been the end goal for me. I really want to tour Australia, both capitals and regional areas, and tour the world. Is this realistic? I am not sure.
What’s next for Melbs bb?
Working on a few singles but an EP mid-year is the next big project. Keep an eye (and an ear) out for that one 🙂
Interview By Rob Lyon