We had a chat with super smooth operator Mr. Mikey Melas, the champion behind Jensen Interceptor about keeping tour secrets and stealing his brothers CDs.
UC: Describe your on stage style and set up?
JI: I don't have a stage style, what I wear on stage is what I wear everyday, the best way to describe my style is comfortable & practical. My aim this year is to introduce some more colour into my wardrobe. My onstage set up is 2-3x CDJs and mixer.
UC: How did you celebrate your most recent birthday?
JI: I was lucky enough to have some international friends in town, it went for about 4 days which included a trip down to Melbourne. It was one of the biggest weeks of my life.
UC: When is the last time you volunteered/donated to charity/did a favour for a mate?
JI: The last time I did something for charity / volunteered was on Christmas day. My brother and I took a load food down to Woolloomooloo to feed some of the less fortunate people down there. As for favours I am always trying to help people in anyway I can, I often have young guys msg me on Facebook asking for advice / feedback on tracks and I always try and get back to them / invite them to my studio for a session to help them with their tracks and give them any advice I can. I think back to when I was starting out, I was lucky enough to have people like Light Year, Ajax & Dreems to help me with the little things that usually take forever to figuring out on your own. This really helped get me to where I am today so I always try and do the same for others.
UC: What is the most Undr ctrl and the most out of ctrl thing in your life right now?
JI: My sleeping pattern is completely out of ctrl at the moment & my rebel bass on the Star Wars commander game is in total ctrl
UC: You warmed up the stage for your buddy Brodinski a few months back in Sydney and Melbourne. Any backstage LOL’s you’d care to share from that tour?
JI: As the saying goes 'what goes on, tour stays on tour'.
UC: Who or what spurred your love for techno/electronic music?
JI: It all started with my older brother who was into the early 90's rave scene. Being the typical younger brother, I wanted to be just like him. I would sneak into his room and steel his cd's & cassette tapes and listen to them for hrs in my room going crazy. I was about 11 or 12 at the time. Things snowballed from there, I started going to raves / under 18 parties obsessed with techno, house & electronic music.
UC: You used to be one half of Light Year with Jordan. Do you miss the collaborative approach or are you happier playing solo?
JI: I do sometimes miss the collaborative approach which is why I am often collaborating with other people. I love those moments in the studio when you have a break through and someones else is there vibing with you. That being said, I also really love writing tracks by myself with out having to consider someone else in the room. Sometimes during the creative process you need to do things that are weird, different and unorthodox to try and create something original or discover a new sound. Doing that with someone else in the room can feel weird & uncomfortable as that person might turn around say "what the hell are you doing, you kook?" which kills all creative vibes.
UC: You recently wrapped up the tour “A Vision Of Sound, Autumn/Winter Catalogue” where you played shows all over Australia. How did you come up with the concept behind the tour and what were the highlights?
JI: With out sounding too diplomatic, all the shows were really great. The tour as a whole was a highlight in my career thus far. The concept came about as I had multiple releases in a short amount of space so the tour couldn't really be (typically) branded behind one release, my guy Mitchell Lyne came up with the idea for A Vision Of Sound, Autumn/Winter Catalog which I thought was the perfect way to showcase all my new sounds.
UC: You’ve started your own record label INTL.C. What prompted you to give birth to a new label, who are your key artists and what can we expect to see on the horizon?
JI: I wanted to start International Chrome because my friends & I have been making lots of music that we don't really see fitting with any other labels so we thought it would be a great to put it out all together in one place. Originally I did plan on having some of my international friends contributing, however as its turned out the first few release are all made in Australia which really excites me. No release dates as of yet, however the first few releases are ready to go so hopefully they'll be out very soon.
UC: We hear you have some pretty huge remixes in the works for some world-renowned artists, can you reveal who the tracks are for?
JI: Unfortunately not just yet, I have been sworn to secrecy but they are defiantly childhood hero's of mine. I will be able to give more information in the next month or so.
UC: You’re signed to Boys Noize Records which is the real deal. Do you have another EP in the works?
JI: Yes, I have started working towards my next BNR EP. I have a couple of tracks on the go right now that I'm pretty excited about. Recently I've been getting into a lot of the UK stuff so you might hear that influence come through, hopefully I will have it out / finished by the end of the year.