With A Voice That Is Often Compared to Nina Simone, The Jazz Singer, Melanie De Biasio Opens Up About Her Career and Why Her Future Is Bright!
Posted On 30 Oct 2014
Melanie De Biasio has an incredibly warm, dark, and sultry voice. Perfect for the jazz world, listeners have drawn comparisons to Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Sade.
Here’s Melanie De Biasio performing “The Flow”:
Enjoy the following interview with the jazz singer-songwriter, Melanie De Biasio:
As far as I can remember, I have always been singing. It was my private escape channel, where my child dreams could find their place.
I have been brought up with popular music at my grandparents, classical music and 70’s rock from my parents.
You’ve already done so much and accomplished so much in your music career. So far, what’s been your proudest success?
Learning though exceeding.
Learning to create music and a new synergy at each performance.
The feeling to have chosen the road that suits me.
What’s been one of your most memorable concerts? What made it so unforgettable?
Rock Werchter Festival 2014
My first rock festival even if my music is more suitable for an inner hall, the challenge was already huge. Even more, in Belgium I played the 1/8th final of the World Cup and the game was programmed on the giant screen right after my concert. In Belgium the mood was electric everywhere. I think no band would have wanted trading places with me that evening!
Before going on stage I told the guys; “Today there is no set list! We are going to improvise, because all I know is that we have to go with the flow of the moment and have faith!” It was hard and at the same time luminous with at the end a standing ovation in a Werchter with an excited audience. I had never felt such a thing before.
How does it feel being compared to voices like Nina Simone, Sade and Billie Holiday?
We are made by references. So if I can choose, I prefer to like the references they give me and I feel ok with it.
Very little, but yes it happens. For example, I do sometimes perform “I’m Gonna Leave You” by Nina Simone.
What music are you listening to now? Any new artists out there that you are loving currently?
I love Radiohead, Anthony & Jonhsons, I am still a Deep LP lover, and I listen to a lot of old roots jazz, Afro and groove music.
How are you using Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to promote your music?
My record company does a great job, on posting news. I stay in contact with the audience in a personal way by means of my photos, written messages, drawings…In short, a lot of visual.
Swimming! Cinema! Dance!
You have a busy fall tour in Europe. Any plans to come to the states soon?
Some private showcases in the end of the month but nothing official. The future is ripe. Together, let’s take a bite!