I'm Australian and surprisingly people still find that interesting - even though LA is crawling with us. But, hmm, I don't really try too hard to be anything but myself. I think every person is unique in their own way, so if you can figure out who you are and be that person then being different just comes naturally.
We're calling it Future Punk... ha. Describing music sucks but I generally say Pop music that's punky - which is how all of my new tracks sound to me.
Q. For those readers who don’t know, you’re based in Los Angeles, a city with loads of talented people like yourself. How do you try to differentiate yourself from the crowd
I haven't performed yet this year actually. I have my first show coming up on September 30th at Sayers Club in Hollywood which I'm super excited about. Wanna come?! 2014 has been all about finishing off my debut EP with my producers Justin Raisen & Jerry James.
Q. Tell us Mereki, how has the year been so far in terms of your performances?
Q. Your choice of music certainly helps in that respect. It’s hard to really figure what’s your main genre or style. How would you describe it?
"I think every person is unique in their own way"
Q. You’ve got a very free spirited essence to your personality. Where does this come from?
Q. Inspiring words for the readers
Ha. How can you tell that ? We haven't even met ! uhmmm I was born into a birthing pool in my backyard that my dad built with his bare hands and was only ever told to 'do what makes your heart sing'...so I'm guessing that has something to do with it.
Interview by Keran Look Loy
Q. “Only You Can Show Me”, produced by Goldroom, was a major success for you. What was life like coming off the heels of that major release?
At the time I was touring and performing nationally and internationally with Goldroom as his vocalist so it was great to be able to see the reaction to that co-write live. A lot of the time when I top-line for someone they might be in Europe or Asia or something so once I send through the vocal I'm sort of done, whereas with OYCSM I was really able to be a part of the entire roll out, which was cool.
Photo: Kaitlin Christy
Photo: Kaitlin Christy
Q. Any similar collaborations with Goldroom or other artists between now and the end of the year?
I've made a point of curbing collaborations for other artists while I focus on my solo project, but I have been working with some really talented musicians on my EP which has been such a cool experience. I feel really fortunate.
Charli XCX has been doing really cool things, pushing the boundaries of pop music and helping to bring in this awesome new wave of girl power. My girl Kimbra put out a track called 90's music, which is hot. That Hundred Waters record is insane. Sophie, Miss Destiny, Kitten, Shura, Hannah Diamond, Empress Of...the list goes- there are so many amazing women making amazing and inspiring music
Q. Which artists have really inspired you so far in 2014 and why?