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MELON BOMB: SCOTT GRAY



Author Valeria Cecolin | Date 18/08/2019

 

Hi Scott, we are glad to have you once again on ND Mag!

What’s new for Melon Bomb this year?

Thanks, always happy to be back! We've had a great year so far. One of the highlights being Suncebeat festival in Croatia. We got to play at the legendary Barbarella's Club, such an amazing outdoor venue that goes right through the night. You can't beat dancing under the stars. Another great event was for Groove Odyssey at Ministry of Sound. Those boys know how to throw a party.

 

What are your next events in Ibiza?

Well we're going into the final stretch of the season but we still have MB at Pikes on the 6th September and our closing on the 11th October plus our beach party at Nassau Tanit on 21st September. We'll also be at Glitterbox on 15th September and 6th October.

 

Define your music style in few words.

Disco to techno.

 

Melon Bomb is a group of four members. If you had to use a word or adjective for each of you, what would it be?

John, Paul, George and Ringo... you’ve got to dream!

 

You seem to be a very united team. How do you manage to keep the balance between you?

I think the main reason for our unity is that we all really want to make Melon Bomb the best it can be, so every decision we make is to protect and grow our vision. The balance is fairly easy as a rule, we have Whatsapp group discussions nearly every day. We don't always agree, but in the end we always reach a mutual path. It's a very democratic process and everyone's opinion is heard and respected.

 

In these last years, you have done very well and Melon Bomb has been growing fast. In your opinion, what is the secret of your success?

I think the main ingredient has been our desire to not stand still. We're always striving to improve as DJs and grow our sound and style. We also book guests for own events that reflect our vision. They're not necessarily household names, but they're hot on the underground scene and bring something fresh. For instance this year we've been lucky to have had Cinthie, Kon and Jamie 3:26 at our Pikes parties.

 

We know that you are involved in a charity project to help children in Tanzania. Can you tell us more about it?

The Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Charity, formed an initiative called Street to Street, with the objective of taking 4 artists and 2 music producers to Angel's Gate In Tanzania. Angel's Gate is a wonderful refuge centre for homeless street kids, that not only houses, but guides the boys, getting them back into education and eventually into a stable working environment.

The aim of the initiative was to brighten up the centre with street art, and to teach the kids skills in art techniques, including T-shirt and bag decoration, stencil making and mural work as well as music production and DJ skills. I was there as my artist alter ego (Chapter) alongside three other incredible artists, Inkie, Nicolas Dixon and Sen1.

 

Let’s speak about Chapter Ibiza…

My DJing has eclipsed my art side of late, but since returning from Tanzania I've started to find new inspiration and time to get back into it. I've been working on a new series of paintings and prints based on a more typography Chapter style that I hope to exhibit soon on the Island. Watch this space.

 

Nowadays sustainability is an increasingly common topic and we, at ND Mag, also care very much about it. Since you are a person of heart and always very respectful, what do you do for the environment?

My wife and I are very conscious of these issues, we stopped eating meat, fish, eggs and dairy three and a half years ago. According to the latest UN report a plant based diet for all can combat climate change and feed us all sustainably.

 

What are your favourite places on the island?

Floating on my back in the sea anywhere around the island is my absolute favourite. I always close my eyes and give thanks to whoever is listening. My other favourite is the vista at Es Cubells, it's just an absolutely stunning view. I go there to re-connect and have a little word with myself, when needed.

 

How do you see Ibiza in 5 years?

I guess it will evolve and change as it always has. Musically it caters for many styles these days,  not all of it to my taste, but this will continue and you have to keep an open mind. I still believe in 5 years that it'll remain the centre of the world for quality underground house music. Aesthetically it's always moving too. San Antonio for example is slowly tidying itself up and will continue to do so for the better. Most importantly of all though, is the magic and beauty of the island will always remain.

 


 

@MelonBombofficial

https://chapter-art.com/

 


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