Issue 4 // 2011
‘ Edgy pop goddess? Art piece of the techno generation? Call me whatever you want.’
Amy Lavelle photography
Christopher Sims photography assistant
Illustration (This page)
“I would define myself as a singer and a visionary.”
I’ve got to say that, getting ready for my interview with Mel Merio, I was expecting some dominating, electro pop institution/possibly robot whose mobile phone functions as an extra appendage/ weapon to be thrown at under functioning minions. I mean, just look at the list of credentials displayed on her website: ‘Music star, MTV host, television talking head, fashion model and personality, radio commentator, event producer, and the namesake of her own Cosmetic line in Germany’ and owner of her own record label. Usually you have to be Paris Hilton or the Olsen twins, possibly Leona Lewis at a push, to rack up such a long list of credentials. Boy was I wrong. “I would define myself as a singer and a visionary.” I got an interview with woman who dedicates her life to spreading the word of love and acceptance, finds inspiration by looking in her boyfriend’s eyes and balances her commitments with yoga. “The only difference between me and you is that I don’t listen to the little voice in my head putting me down. This voice is not you. You are love, trust and divine energy.” See? Welcome, folks to the Lovemore revolution. Chances are you may remember Mel in her previous incarnation as part of the group ‘The Menstruation Monster’; she’ll have been the chick that threw the used tampon at you. “Music wise it is very ruff, pretty aggressive and very obvious.
Music was just used as a medium for the performance art. The members are a tranny, a lesbian and myself. We did throw fake blood tampons on the audience and our biggest hit was dirty soaked tampon. It differs so much to what I do now.” Ever since those days though, she’s transformed herself into a sleek, synth pop star channelling some serious 80s influences with her debut album Lovemore, released on her record label of the same name. Surprisingly, though, this isn’t what she wants to talk about; all roads lead back to her personal quest to spread unity and happiness. That Lovemore revolution is not about the future of trash pop. “The most important thing for me is that everybody feels its own greatness. I am dedicated to tell you how wonderful you are and what a master of your universe.” Remember, she’s a singer AND visionary. It’s these two most important aspects of her life that she will be combining to make her second album. Ready for this? “It is a mantra album. Mantras are ancient prayers in Sanskrit. The exiting thing about it is that we are approaching this field, which is so much associated with smoke sticks and hairy women, with a new idea. It is more like KLF, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Erasure and Talking Heads influenced synthie pop meets those holy words.” Mel Merio’s waiting for you on the other side of the revolution