First the tour, then the sign­ing, now the al­bum

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By MERE­ANA AUSTIN

Kiwi band Melic, com­pris­ing Mata­mata’s An­drew Coogan, Mark and Steve Hitch­cock and fourth mem­ber Romy Bylin, have been very busy since their New Zealand tour this time last year.

The band have signed with Lon­don label Beat­nik Geek Records and are busy in the stu­dio record­ing their de­but al­bum.

‘‘Most of the al­bum is mu­sic that we have been play­ing live over the last 12 months but has not been recorded yet,’’ An­drew said.

‘‘We’re also go­ing to in­clude a few songs from our pre­vi­ous EPs; some of our favourites that we think de­serve to be in­cluded.’’

In typ­i­cal Melic fash­ion it will be a genre-span­ning af­fair; there should be some­thing for most peo­ple in there.

The name of the al­bum is yet to be de­cided but the band are aim­ing for a July re­lease in Europe with other re­gions to fol­low.

An­drew said a lot of Melic’s suc­cess has been through hard work.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously you need to have solid mu­sic to have any level of suc­cess but we prob­a­bly spend more time on the man­age­ment and mar­ket­ing side than we do on the mu­sic.

‘‘Luck­ily we have mu­sic com­ing out our ears so we have never strug­gled in that depart­ment.

‘‘The deeper you get in­volved in the mu­sic in­dus­try the more con­tacts you make, which is key,’’ he said.

In

be­tween

record­ing

their al­bum, Melic have had some high­pro­file gigs in­clud­ing open­ing for The Feel­ers in Lon­don.

Melic are also fo­cus­ing on their re­lease cam­paign which will con­sist of var­i­ous shows and fes­ti­vals around Bri­tain.

The band are

also

look­ing

at plan­ning pos­si­ble tours.

‘‘ Look out New Zealand, we hope to be back in the not too dis­tant fu­ture,’’ An­drew said.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Big break: Melic, made up of Mata­mata’s very own An­drew Coogan, Mark and Steve Hitch­cock and fourth mem­ber Romy Bylin, has signed with Lon­don label Beat­nik Geek Records.

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