Throw on your earbuds and hit the play button because emerging Indie artist, Adam Melchor, just released his phenomenal single, "Turnham Green."
How did you get into music? And if you had to describe it, how would you define your sound?
I would say I got into music by not being great at anything else. My whole family is made of musicians and they created an environment for always doing music. What really got me started in a career in music was Grimaldi's pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ. They gave me my first job playing every Saturday starting at noon. I remember the first day I played from noon to close playing songs I wrote, covers, anything really. They paid me 30 bucks and let me have a tip jar open. They gradually gave me some more money, I got a suitcase and put Christmas lights around it to replace my tip jar and I did that gig every Saturday for seven years.
If I had to describe my sound I would say it would be lyric-focused and simple. I like to sing my songs in a way that everyone from a baby to a grandma could understand: Making the most happen with a lyric, melody, and a single instrument.
Are there any artists you’re currently obsessed with at the moment? Have they influenced you in any way?
The artist I'm currently most obsessed with is Stephen Sondheim. After finishing my album, I had a “Now what?” moment. For the last couple (of) months, I've been listening to every musical he's written from West Side Story to Follies to Sweeney Todd, and studying how he writes and rhymes and brings out his melodies. I like hearing what he does and truly understanding it. I don't know if it will influence my songwriting, but it can never hurt learning from a master and spending time with words.
You created a phone number, dubbed the Lullaby Hotline, to text fans a new freshly mixed song every Sunday. What is the significance of having this unique musical resource for fans and how did it come about?
This came about from writing too many songs!!! I couldn't put out all of them, so I decided to start this mid-February of 2020 ... Just so happened the world stopped the next month and it turned into this beautiful outlet for me, but an even better community for everyone who signed up. I don't send as many things as I was when it started, but I still love to send random tidbits here and there. I’m certain I'll be back to sending things after this album comes out.
Can you tell us a little about the making of your new single "Turnham Green?" We loved the accompanying music video. What was the inspiration behind it?
There are not too many places in LA to walk. In January 2022, I was in a low spot emotionally, and my dear friend, Emily