Interview with The Monks of Mellonwah
The Monks of Mellonwah are an indie band to keep an eye on! The young Aussies have created such hits as "Neverending Spirit", "Kyoto", and "Swamp Groove". While still gaining ground on American soil, I recently interviewed their bassist, John de la Hoyde, about the ambitions, music making, and goals for the Monks of Mellonwah.
Me : How did you come up with the name “Monks of Mellonwah”?
John de la Hoyde : Ha yeah the name Monks of Mellonwah always raises a few eyebrows but thats a good thing right!? The name actually comes from this computer game we used to play as kids called Hocus Pocus . On one of the levels there used to be these dudes called the Seven Mad Monks of MellenWah and had to defeat thèse guys in order to move onto the next level. We all thought it was a cool name and that it would work as a band name. We were all a bit mad too so think it is a good fit for us!!
Me : What is the inspiration behind your music?
John de la Hoyde : Music itself !!! We are all driven by music in all its forms and draw inspiration from all genres including classical, blues, jazz, rock, indie, electronic and even film inspired music. Josh our drummer even listens to K-Pop !! For us, everything that drives us as individuals, not only musically but everything comes together in the Monks of Mellonwah. Musically this has forged together in our own sound which we feel is our unique foot print.
Me : What goes into recording an album as an independent musician?
John de la Hoyde : Wow good question. Well I guess it’s all about working to tight budgets and doing as much as you can yourself. In our case we are fortunate to have some pretty good recording facilities available and in Joe de la Hoyde (our guitarist) we have a pretty talented composer and Producer. He is producing 6-7 tracks on our debut album. We did get 5 tracks recorded when we were in the US with Producer Keith Olsen but Joe is doing the rest on what will be a 12 track album.
Me : What would you say to someone who wanted to pursue a career in music?
John de la Hoyde : Don’t do it !!!!!!! Hahaha no, seriously, I would just lay it down as I see it – its a very tough business, perhaps one of the toughest out there and you have to be very thick skinned. The water is full of sharks so you have to be a good swimmer. You have to believe in yourself and your music and be prepared for years of sacrifice. If you are up for all that, then I would say go for it with all your heart and soul.Continued on the next page