In Depth With Indie Singer, Songwriter and Producer Meresha
Indie singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer has been a busy independent artist as of lately. Having charted on the Top 40 Billboard charts 3 times and been the #1 indie artist on US Pop Radio for over a month, Meresha is no stranger to the spotlight. Meresha‘s sound can best be described as an indie sound with a soulful voice and the artist has gained support from fans all around the world. Meresha stands out to me as an artist because of her ability to contribute to her own material in so many ways whether it be composition, playing keys, guitars, or drums and then singing over her own creations. Meresha embodies the spirit of a true independent musician. Recently, Meresha took some time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for the team so sit back, relax and learn more about the multi-talented artist, Meresha.
KTIII: Meresha, how are you? Thank you for taking the time out to answer some questions. Tell us a little about your past and background for readers who may not be familiar with your music.
Meresha: I’ve been making music for about 8 years. I’m a musician, producer and DJ. Almost all of the sounds on my songs are made my me, at least in the original versions. I’ve had 2 commercial EPs out – “New Revolution” and my current “Enter the Dreamland”. I’ve also released some singles like “My love has come” that people seemed to like. I’ve been blessed with some successes and a growing set of friends that like my music.
KTIII: What would you say influenced you growing up to help you develop a passion for music?
Meresha: Going to concerts. I was at Paramore and Black Eyed Peas concerts early on with friends, and was really inspired to do the same thing. Within a year I wrote and recorded my first song “Fool Don’t Be”, which is still out there.
KTIII: I’m originally from Orlando, Florida. What part of Florida are you from? Would you say that Florida influenced your music’s sound?
Meresha: My South Florida base is a few hours south of you, though I’m traveling these days mainly out of State. I’ve played festivals in Boca Raton and West Palm. Most of my tunes so far were recorded or at least partially shaped in Florida, so a lot of my inspiration coalesced there. My first big video for “New Revolution” was shot in Miami Wynwood among come pretty incredible street art.
KTIII: Having charted on BillBoard multiple times and really creating an audience for your music, what would you say is your favorite accomplishment as an artist?
Meresha: Playing for 40,000 at SunFest in May was pretty cool. I shared a Saturday night stage with Jon Bellion and Marshmello. Quite a few of the people there, though, came out to see me. The local paper shouted me out beforehand as one of the few must-see acts of the festival. The reaction of the crowd was great. Can’t wait to experience that again.
KTIII: When anyone listens to your music, what do you hope for your sound to be remembered for?
Meresha: Recently someone called my sound “Alien Pop”. It’s sort of pop since it is accessible and often danceable, but it’s somehow different. That works for me.
KTIII: Name 3 People that you haven’t worked with, but would like to.
Meresha: How about 5
A bit of an esoteric mix I guess.
KTIII: What’s your favorite 80’s jam?
Meresha: I covered “I Want to Break Free” from Queen at SunFest.
Music from and inspired by George Clinton and Parliament /Funkadelic, even if a lot of the good stuff came from the 70s.
Maybe throw in “You Makes My Dreams” from Hall & Oates for a guilty pleasure.
KTIII: “Enter the Dreamland” is really fresh project with masterful vocals and smooth production, I can’t figure out if my favorite song on the project is “Lights Out” or “StarDust”. What’s your favorite song on the project?
Meresha: My fave is probably “Violet Night”, though I noticed different people have different picks. I asked fans to review the album before it was public so that I could post their words, and out of maybe 50 people there were almost 50 different sets of faves.
KTIII: Where did the inspiration for “Enter the Dreamland” come from?
Meresha: The EP is an invitation to a dream world. The first song “Enter the Dreamland” opens the door. With “Stardust”, you take off on the ride together with a guide. Grab some “Jungle Potion” and you are ready for a “Violet Night”. Finally, it’s “Lights Out”. It’s a journey.
KTIII: What can we expect next from your music? Are you currently working on any new projects?
Meresha: I’m currently working on a song or two. It may be that one of them will be out soon. Let’s see if it ripens enough.
I’d like to record a bunch of new songs during the next year and DJ as well, which people haven’t seen me do that often so far.
KTIII: Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for aspiring artists?
Meresha: Find your passion.
Believe in your art, even if no one else does.
Master your craft.
Learn how to get your music out to fans.
Keep close contact with them.
It’s a grind for EVERYBODY, but when it works, it’s the best thing.