In + out
Sam Melo sounds off on the things that enquiring minds want to know.
On playing live: “I participate in helping to create and sustain the culture that I love: people gathering and having a good time. Hopefully, every night ends up where, even if the crowd doesn’t give you everything you thought you put out, or if you weren’t able to reciprocate the energy of the crowd, you both did what you could to make a memorable experience.”
On the “Hide” video: “Most of the credit has to go to the director, Kyle Thrash. It was kind of a statement—instead of having something that was a spectacle, we were more like, ‘Let’s have people in the video talk about their lives and the behindthe-scenes difficulties of being a drag queen.’”
On How to: Friend, Love, Freefall: “Sonically, I was hoping for a record that felt like the first time you listened to Turn on the Bright
Lights by Interpol. The way that record sounded captured fucking everything that was going on in the early 2000s. It had such a loose sound, as opposed to something that was label-created or like all the boy bands that were going on. I wanted to make a record that sounded like that—something new, yet something familiar.”