|Also known as||Mustafa, The God, God. Its The God, God.|
|Born||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York, East Flatbush|
|Occupations||Designer, Rapper, Artist, Emcee, DJ, Producer, Singer, Photographer, Painter|
|Labels||GALAX, Innovative Leisure, Stones Throw, Wow/Now Records (Japan)|
MeLo-X is a multimedia artist based in New York City. From the beginning of his professional career, MeLo’s work has included many unique projects, seamlessly blending the worlds of art, music, fashion and design. This multidisciplinary approach to his creative practice came out of necessity. At a young age MeLo would record his own music, compose photographs, design album covers and build websites. Not being able to afford the top of the line equipment and programs of the day, MeLo turned to dated music gear, vintage film cameras and obsolete computer programs to support his artistic approach. This allowed him to experiment with the way his art was viewed and received by a young, new media generation. He quickly gained a following of both ardent fans and fellow innovators.
MeLo-X studied at The Institute of Audio Research and has worked closely with many new media and contemporary artists in New York City. MeLo's live performances are often a blend of modern art collaborations, impromptu live musical remixes, sound design and electronic production. This mixture of studied technique, experimental expression and a DIY mindset allows MeLo's work to stand out as that of a Renaissance man pushing boundaries.
MeLo-X is a sonic creator. Incorporating kaleidoscopic influences from Eminem to Nirvana, from Picasso to Moses, from the sweet scent of Jamaican mango trees to the pungent stenches of dark New York City corners – this Brooklyn native fuses together vibrations of soul, electronic hip hop, old school reggae and new school basement party.
MeLo has toured the world since the release of his first mixtape Mustafa’s Renaissance in 2008 – touching down in creative metropolitan hubs like Berlin for the Bread and Butter Tradeshow Festival, London for the YOYO LDN event at the Notting Hill Arts Club, and he continues to draw hugely expanding crowds in major NYC venues, including SOB’s, Southpaw, The Blender Theater and Webster Hall among others.
In addition to unassumingly fondling his listeners’ insides with his mellifluous Electronic Reggae-Hop, MeLo-X oozes self-expression through visual art. When he’s not writing, producing, singing, strumming or remixing, MeLo swaps out his mic for a paintbrush and his MPD32 drum pad for a camera.
MeLo released his mixtape More Merch in December of 2010 and is currently in the studio recording his debut album to be released summer of 2012.
- 2013: "A Movement in Africa" Exhibit at Sean Kelly New York
- 2008: Mustafa's Renaissance
- 2009: Maxwell Blacksummers'night Remix EP
- 2010: Mustafa The GodKing: Rise of the Merch Album
- 2010: More Merch EP
- 2013: GOD: LoFi EP
- 2013: GOD: HiFi EP
- 2013: GOD: WiFi EP
- 2014: YONCÉ-X (Beyoncé Remix EP)
- 2012: ZULU GURU w/ Jesse Boykins III (Ninja Tune)
- 2013: GOD: Pièce de Résistance (GALAX)
- http://www.djbooth.net/index/mixtapes/entry/melo-x-more-merch DJ Booth More Merch Mixtape
- http://www.germanrhymes.de/melo-x/ Interview on GermanRhymes.de
- http://www.skny.com/exhibitions/2014-03-18_melo-x/pressrelease/ Sean Kelly Gallery Press Release