What is there to know about MelvinSings!?
I have always been performing. I started out performing at family parties then school events. I started performing at different Filipino festivals around 13. I didn't pick up an ukulele until about six years ago and I blended my love for R&B and island music together.
How has being part of Kollaboration helped you?
I feel that Kollaboration has helped me gain a better understanding of my community, its hidden talents and how the arts should be shared with the world.
Who inspires or influences you as artists/performers?
I grew up listening to Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight. I also love listening to island music so Ekolu is a huge inspiration to my music. Another performer I look up to is my best friend, Jeremy Passion. I have learned a lot of my musical knowledge through the years by working with him.
How as being Asian American affected you as a performer?
This whole stereotype of “all Asians are good musicians” affects me the most. I try to break out of that though because I do not want to be identified as being good just because I am an Asian American. I love being able to share my music regardless of my culture and heritage. Don't get me wrong, I love being Filipino and I love my heritage.
How do you feel the music scene has changed since you first performed for Kollab?
The music scene is forever changing and forever growing. New talent is on the rise and that's always a good thing! I love being able to search artists on YouTube and Soundcloud. These outlets give people the opportunity to share their crafts with people throughout the world!
How do you feel the Asian American music scene has changed since you performed?
The Asian American music scene is getting a little harder to perform in, to be honest. A lot of people want to see the same performers all the time and that makes it harder for people who don't have a big name to have the chance to perform at events. I feel like that some people prefer the appearance of the artist more than their music.
What trends in today’s music do you like or dislike?
I honestly don't listen to much music on the radio. I do miss the old school R&B in which music told stories and showed a lot of emotion.
If you could perform with one famous artist, who would it be?
I definitely want to perform with Brian McKnight or Bruno Mars!
What does it mean for you to “Kollaborate” with other performers?
"Kollaborating” with different performers help us grow as musicians. We learn more, we network more and share the love for music together. It builds friendships and helps us step out of our comfort zone. It's different and fun to work with others!
What can we expect from your “Kollaboration” with &Blue this year?
I am excited to work with &Blue! They're such amazing musicians (SWOON). Their voices are simply beautiful and I can't wait for you all to see what we come up with.
How has the Bay Area shaped your music?
The Bay Area is home. I feel like my home has shaped my music because of the other musicians from this area. They have taught me so much and I have listened to them since I got into music. I feel like I have blended the Bay Area and Hawaii, “my home away from home,” through my music.
What does it mean for you to call the Bay Area your home?
This place is the most beautiful place ever. The weather is amazing. The views are simply inspiring and I can't explain how amazing the people are. We are so diverse and so open and I feel like we understand and accept things with an open mind. That's one thing I love about the Bay.
Do you have any words or advice for people who are considering whether or not to pursue their passion in entertainment?
Never stop! Never let anyone tell you that you can't. It is your love for what you do that makes everything worth it. If one person is inspired by what you do, it will all be worth it in the end.