MELO-X is a multi-sensory curator and artist based in New York City. With a career that spans roughly the last decade, MELO’s work has included many unique projects, seamlessly blending the worlds of music, art, fashion, photography and design. This multidisciplinary approach to his creative practice was born of necessity. Growing up as a young person in Flatbush, Brooklyn, MELO would record his own music, compose photographs, design album covers and build websites. Unable to afford top-of- the-line equipment and programs, 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 that his art was received by a young, new media generation. He quickly gained a following of both ardent fans and fellow innovators.
MELO studied at The Institute of Audio Research and has worked closely with many new media and contemporary artists both nationally and abroad. MELO’s live performances are often a blend of modern art collaborations, impromptu live musical remixes, sound design and electronic production. This combination of studied technique, experimental expression and a DIY mindset allows MELO’s work to stand out as that of a Renaissance man consistently pushing boundaries. His ultimate goal is to fully explore the depths of the mind’s creativity, utilizing the means of creation that best conveys both his emotion and inspiration.
MELO has toured the world since the release of his first mixtape Mustafa’s Renaissance in 2008 – recording and performing in global music hubs from Berlin to London. His additional releases have included Zulu Guru, a collaborative effort with fellow artist Jesse Boykins III, Yonce-X inspired by Beyonce, the Inside the Mind of Melo series, and a plethora of celebrated singles and remixes. In 2014 MELO scored the music for Jay-Z and Beyonce’s co-headlining stadium On The Run Tour. Recent multidisciplinary projects have included Pop-Rally at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2015, a performance at Milk Studios during NYFW in 2014, and a collaborative exhibit with Hugo McCloud at the Sean Kelly Gallery. MELO is currently finishing up his album BIG CHUNEZ, which will be released in the fall of 2019.