An Interview with Melo Kan

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Check out the interview between Chairman/CEO of MooreSuccess Inc. James K. Moore and Melo Kan.


JAMES: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview with me.


Melo Kan: No problem it’s a pleasure to do so.


JAMES: Ok, well let’s get this started, to begin, I want to ask one of the most important questions your fans want to know which is, When and why did you become an entertainer?


MELO KAN: I began writing lyrics really young, about 8 years old. At that time, it was just for fun. It wasn’t until the age of about 19 or 20, when I decided I probably should do something with this.


JAMES: How would you define your style?


MELO KAN: My style is a mixture of potent rhymes and clever deliveries. I’m somewhere between a young Ice Cube, Pac, and probably a Jay-Z.


JAMES: What was the first type of music you listened to?


MELO KAN: Soul music. That old 1970’s Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye type of vibe. My mother and aunties always had that stuff playing.


JAMES: Is your family musically inclined?


MELO KAN: Pops was in a band, and I believe Moms sang with them sometimes too. They say when I was young, I used to try to play the drums. I don’t how I went from that to rapping. Lol.


JAMES: Tell me more about your family member’s musical interests and abilities. Did anyone decide to pursue a music career like yourself?


MELO KAN: No one in my fam really pursued music as a career like I chose to, but moms did sing and pops played the congas.


JAMES: Describe a real life situation that inspired you?


MELO KAN: I made it a point to play an integral role in my niece’s life, so I used to drive 75 miles once a week to where they lived to take them school. It was uncle and niece time. Well one particular morning when I dropped my eldest off, she had this look on her face and she really didn’t want me to leave. I asked her what’s wrong and why she never really plays on the playground when I drop her off. She proceeds to tell me how other girls tease her, and say she’s ugly etc. Honestly I almost broke down right there because it hurt me that she was hurt. So gave her some words of encouragement and reassured her that regardless of people’s perception of you, you need you to be sure of certain things about yourself. That gave her confidence, and what it did for me was inspire the 2nd single off of Mama’s Only Sun entitled “A’niyah’s Song”.



JAMES: Interesting. Which famous artists do you admire most and why?


MELO KAN: I would have to go with Harry Belafonte, Paul Robeson, and probably Curtis Mayfield. The first two, because they were more than artists. They were multitalented, sports, music, acting etc. Most importantly though, they were activists as well. I admire that most. As for Curtis, he was just in your face about what was going on. He didn’t try to sugarcoat the issues and didn’t feel the need to filter his truth. I love that!

JAMES: Nice! Are there any other famous artists that have inspired you? Who would you say you have learned the most from?


MELO KAN: I will say I’ve learned the most from Pac. The way he created music with such passion is definitely a model I attempt to emulate. Not only music though, also the way you handle fame and who you associate with. I’ve definitely learned not to fall into some of those same traps.


JAMES: Outstanding! Let’s get focused back on you and your achievements in the music industry, have you been in competitions or won any prizes?


MELO KAN: Yes. I’ve been in plenty competitions, winning everything from money to band gear.  Those were some fun times. Some of those things are filled with politics though, so I had to learn the hard way not to take it personal when you get robbed lol.


JAMES: [Laughter] this is true. So, do you have many performances? Tell me a little bit about your concerts, radio, or TV appearances?


MELO KAN: Yes. I actually just came off tour this past winter with another indie artist named K.D Brosia. We were the headliners, marketers and promoters. We basically set our own tour up and hit the road. Fun times. The sets were with live bands and the energy was electric!


JAMES: Tell me what advice would you give to beginners who are new to the industry?


MELO KAN: Know without a doubt that this is really what you want. Understand there is a difference between music, and the music industry and just keep your eyes peeled for people that claim they can do something for you. There are plenty people out here preying on your dreams.


JAMES: Very wise words. So tell me this, what wouldn’t you do for success?


MELO KAN: Sell crack! (laughs) Really, I wouldn’t do anything my heart isn’t fully in.


JAMES: You’re a very wise young man. Where do you see the music industry in the next 5 years?


MELO KAN: Who knows! This thing changes by the minute. I do think the trend of artists taking control of their own destinies will continue and that is essential to the overall creativity of the music as a culture.


JAMES: Professionally, what’s your goal short-term as well as long term?


MELO KAN: My goal for this year is to get on the charts. My longer term goal is to win a Grammy.


JAMES: What’s your artistic outlook on life?


MELO KAN: Stay in your flow. Be willing to adjust when necessary but really be in tune with your steps and the results of your movements. Live and be inspired.


JAMES: What obstacles or hurdles did you have to overcome to make it to where you are today?


MELO KAN: I can be here all day with this one! (laughs) I’ve had most the same challenges as any other black youth from the inner city coming up in a fatherless household. We all know the story, the allure of gangs, fast money, close friends dying young, relatives dealing with crack addiction, I mean all of this is a part of my story. The streets are a very real place with very real consequences and without the proper guidance, the young are highly susceptible to the pitfalls. I made a few poor decisions as a youth but for the most part, I’ve made decisions that has enabled me to be here doing this interview right now. On the flip side, the hurdles in the music business were just as treacherous. Although my life was no longer on the line, my livelihood was. And is. I’ve lost a lot of money trusting the wrong people with my career and time that I can never get back. There was a point where I wanted to walk away completely and it was then that a fan, out of nowhere, made a post that I’ll never forget. It simply said “Don’t ever quit. This is what you’re supposed to do”. That was what I needed at that time to keep pushing. God sends signs, we just need to stay woke and attentive. That was definitely a sign to me and here I am today laying it all on the line again, hoping to reach, touch, and inspire anyone who needs it.


JAMES: Well, I want to thank you once again for taking the time out to do this interview with me. I know you’re a busy guy. I look forward to more of your hot tracks [shakes Melos hand].


MELO KAN: It was a pleasure and anytime.


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