Q&A Scene: Munro ~ MUNRO MELANO

Tell us about your new album?

Having played in bands for forever, this is my debut full length album as a solo artist. It was heaps of fun making it, pulling together friends I’ve been working with over all the years. 

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

‘Hyper Lode Runner’ was the last track I wrote for the album, only recording it the week before the album was mastered. It’s still got the shiny new feel. It’s actually built off of some theme music I wrote for a film earlier in the year, so I enjoyed giving that music a new life. 

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

I do a bunch of writing in my garage (glamorous!!!), and there’s something wrong with the door that causes me to often accidently lock myself in. If you wanted to find my studio just follow the calls for help, or look for the guy climbing out of a window.

What, or who, inspires you?

Although you wouldn’t guess it due to my skinny frame, I actually love blasting aggressive hip hop while doing weights. I’m super inspired by the classic hip hop underdog tale, and some timesnew ideas for songs just come to me in this way.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Paul Simon – The Boy in the Bubble.

What’s next for you?

In between getting ready for my three Melbourne launch gigs, I’m currently working on another film score. So when they’re all done I’m interested in a nap. 

What’s your scene?

My scene is musically eclectic, in that it’s all come from connections with my old friends. It’s built up of Country and folk musicians, film scorers, producers, Jazz and classical musicians, hip hop lovers and beat makers. I think that mix of scenes explains the music I’m interested in writing.

MUNRO MELANO drops new single CANNONBALLS ahead of debut album release.

After almost four years of balancing a day-job as a social worker, a night job composing for film ([CENSORED], Paper Trails, Doing it in Public), and a weekend job as a session musician, Munro Melano has finally finished his deeply ambitious debut full-length self-titled album. Prior to this he released two independent EPs, Running Round and Blue Veins. “Cannonballs” is the second single to be lifted from the upcoming album, following on from previous single “Semi Spinning”.

“When you’re writing music for other people while also holding on to a day job, you’re own album is always the thing that gets pushed to the side. It was frustrating not having the time to finish it, but it’s been amazing to see how my relationship to the music has changed over the long stretches of time between writing, recording, and getting the album out there.”
Munro Melano

It was around the time when Munro was coming to finally completing the album that he was welcoming the birth of his first child. 

“I’d be working till 4:30am on the album with the baby sleeping on my chest. Becoming a father is like growing new skin; everything feels different, including all this music that I’d spent years writing and recording.”
Munro Melano

Cannonballs” was produced by long time friend and collaborator Yen Nguyen (Mechanical Pterodactyl) and recorded across multiple Victorian Studios – The Aviary, St. Charles, and Echidna Studios. Additional late night synth recording sessions took place in Munro’s garage and weekend vocal takes were in Yen’s kitchen. The single was originally tracked with Munro’s live band and then layered with additional synthesizers, samples, and a four piece horn section.

The single is taken from the self-titled debut album scheduled for release on the 7th November 2019


Reservoir Stomp Festival, VIC
Sunday, November 17, 2019

Longplay, Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday, November 30, 2019

The Union Hotel, Brunswick, Melbourne
Sunday, December 1, 2019
(supporting Moreland City Soul Review)

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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