There aren't many other artists in the UK's underground music scene that have continued to push their own sound into new areas as much as Melé. With releases on some of the biggest labels in the scene, Melé can now add Eats Everything's Edible to his ever-growing list of reputable imprints. His latest project, 'Scouse Afrika/ Sleepless', is a two-sided release that sees Melé once again venturing into terrain with a true club-catered vibe which has been tearing up dancefloors and raves throughout summer '16.
For those of you familiar with his music, it should come as no surprise that he's got a pretty individual style too. With a wardrobe arsenal comprising of snapbacks, retro shirts, sportswear classics and many an envy-inducing trainer to boot, we thought we'd take a step away from the music for a second and chat to Melé about his personal style choices. From the trends he avoids to the ones he's feeling and where he's gaining his style inspiration, Melé's got a few tips to help you build your own style with ease.
What’s the one trend you followed that you wish you hadn’t?
When I was about 14 or 15 it was that whole nu rave thing. I had a massive awful fringe and one side of my hair was dyed ginger where it was meant to be blonde. I remember going to a Crystal Castles gig and I didn’t even like them. It was pretty shocking, but I thought I looked well cool.
What trend would you like to bring back?
I think where we are at right now is sick, most people look pretty cool.
If you were sent to a deserted island, what 10 things would you pack?
10 packets of pickled onion space raiders is all I need.
What trends out there at the moment do you not understand?
Them deep V neck vests are shocking. Just anything v neck really.
And the ones you’re really feeling?
I love the throwback/sporty style that everyone seems to be into, like Sports Direct caps and that. I'm a big fan of sports bangers. Kids look f**king cool these days man.
How has working in music effected your style?
Probably not that much to be honest, I’ve always just dressed how I wanted to. But of course you get to meet a lot of cool people doing what I do so I’m sure it does a bit.
Mella Dee is always dressed well, he’s got a big collection of Stone Island amongst other things. Martelo too.
How would you describe your style?
I just try be as comfortable as possible, I think maybe because I travel a lot. I like wearing everything a bit too big. I can’t do tight jeans or even medium fitting tops anymore for some reason.
Where do you get style inspiration from?
From lots of different places i think, a little bit like my music I suppose. I'm a big hip hop fan so there's a lot of that in there.
Any tips for anyone trying to develop their own style?
Just do what comes natural you, nothing worse than looking like everyone else.