Melanie Martinez joined Fuse TV’s Jason Lipshutz last week for an exclusive interview! In the midst of her Cry Baby Tour, little miss Cry Baby stops by Pop Chat to talk about her fans, her image, and her rapidly growing career.
Melanie’s fame is on meteoric rise since the release of her Cry Baby LP, and for good reason. Her noir lyrics, complemented by nursery images create a sound persona fit for pop fans of any age. Her talent even landed her a spot as this month’s Fuse First artist. Check out the new interview below!
Why do you think there was such a strong reaction to who you are and what you’re presenting in music?
“Honestly, I think that I just have a lot of passionate supporters. I think that the visual, since it’s so bright and colorful would attract the younger kids and there are a lot of adults at the show who I think focus on the lyrics. The kids do too, they know every word, but it’s a different thing. Adults understand it too the fullest.”
Whats the coolest thing a fan has ever given to you or done for you?
” I get cool gifts every single show. I get a lot of vintage toys and I collect vintage toys so that’s really awesome!” She added, ” I got a Barney banjo once! That was probably my favorite, because that was my favorite toy as a kid. I think [my fans] found an interview or something where I said that, and they brought it as a present for their meet and greet.”
What inspires you to operate on such a grand scale? (In reference, to Melanie planning videos for each Cry Baby track, and tackling her next album)
“I think it just comes from me knowing exactly what I want from my music, career, and my art. It’s always been easier for me to just do it myself. So, I think when you put all of yourself into your music or art it shows because it’s you. And I think that’s really what it is. It’s me. ”
And on the story-world she’s creating…
“I love stories and telling stories. I think it’s really fun to do in music and I love pop music. I think I got into writing pop music, because there is such a huge audience. Why wouldn’t you want to tell stories to everyone you possibly could? ”
Have you ever thought of an image or lyric and thought it might be too far?
“Of course! While I’m writing, I’m always pushing it to the next [level,] I love making weird plot twists, but I have to think ‘does this make sense?’ I have to make sure it makes sense. I’m not always thinking like ‘this if going to fly over a thirteen year-old’s head. Co-writing was hard because whenever I would explain a theme or an idea, people would say, ‘That’s way too dark. We should write songs about partying.’I don’t want to do that! I’m not about that. I like telling stories from every emotion and angle.”
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