Delicate yet moving, singer and songwriter Melis has already found that you don’t need to make the loudest noise to have the biggest reaction. Releasing her first track, the self-produced ‘Love Song Idea‘ this spring, she introduced to the world her heavenly vocals, gathering further attention when she reached the top of the Hype Machine charts. Last month she followed this up with the equally subtle but just as moving ‘Flower‘ a song she wrote during a difficult period in her life.
On the latest track she says “The sentiment of the song is that going through sadness and being in a dark place isn’t forever. There is hope and better things if only one doesn’t give up. I recorded the idea, like ‘Love Song Idea’, on my iPhone. I began to record parts of it in my apartment and in a small Berlin studio space with Josh Christopher.”
Now living in the creative city, she takes us around her favourite spots in her photo diary for us below. See what it’s like to actually be an artist living in Berlin, and learn some history too as Melis takes us on a tour.
12pm - Friedrichshain
I meet up with my band for a coffee (which turns into several beers, since it's Sunday) to discuss music plans and future shows. This is René, the drummer, and me, just chilling. We met a couple of years ago in Berlin, although he originally comes from New Zealand. He’s a great guy and an amazing musician. He used to play for Kimbra back in the day.
14.30pm - Mitte
After hanging out with the boys, I take a walk up to the fancy Mitte quarter. The sun comes out for about 10 seconds and makes it look like Berlin has an actual summer. In fact, there has been a flooding a couple of days prior to this, which left the whole city in complete chaos. I capture the famous Berliner Fernsehturm, aka TV Tower reflecting some much needed rays of sun.
17pm - Rummelsburg
Me, hanging out down by the river. My friend Louis takes this picture right before I'm recording an acoustic version of my song 'Flower'. I take only my guitar with me and we record it in Funkhaus. Keep an eye out for it :)
18pm - Rummelsburg
Sunset in Funkhaus, which has become a hugely important music venue. It was used as the main radio-broadcasting site of East Germany back in the communist era. You can get lost in some of the abandoned rooms and concert halls inside. Lots of amazing performances took place here. The latest big event was last years’ Michelberger Music sessions by Bon Iver and some of his close music friends, creatively collaborating and performing in different studios throughout the complex.
20pm - Friedrichshain
After the acoustic version is finished, it's time for a well-deserved drink with Louis and Pierre. We exchange thoughts on some newly released records, such as the new Fleet Foxes and Feist records, both of which we agree we love. We drink some great Czech beer (always representing).
21pm - Prenzlauer Berg
The rain starts again and so we go for dinner. In all of Germany, supermarkets are closed on Sunday which means everybody usually eats out. We decide on our favourite little Vietnamese place called Asia Tiger. Berlin prides itself on its massive Vietnamese community and food culture but the quality and taste isn't always so authentic. This place does a great spicy Tom Kha. It’s a hidden gem!
23pm - Prenzlauer Berg
I plan to go see Win Butler of Arcade Fire do a DJ set in a nightclub/venue ACUD this evening but the event is overcrowded and I am shattered. Instead, I took a walk home through the neighbourhood and listen to some of my newly written demos. It helps me with perspective on my writing.
2am - Prenzlauer Berg
Exhausted! I put on Netflix and pass out within 10 minutes. Thanks for coming along for what was a fun and busy Sunday in Berlin. Tschüss! Until next time <3
Melis is releasing a limited run of her EP Parallels on vinyl – pre-order it here here