By JJ Disco
Toronto DJ / artist / PlayRecords label owner Melleefresh describes her latest 100% pure club energy track, Let’s Do It Together: The SuperFresh Mix, a hip house collaboration with her California counterpart, Princess Superstar, like this: “It’s two crazy bitches doing their thing during these crazy times”.
What was the first album you bought?
Funkytown by Lipps Inc. I used to sing along and do shows for my friends in our living room at lunchtime when I was like 10.
Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?
Right now, I’m loving all the super-strong girl boss performers – Doja Cat, Brooke Candy, Dua Lipa, Grimes, Ashnikko, Miley Cyrus, Cardi B, Kim Petras.
What are some non-musical inspirations that motivate your music?
Cross-country roadtrips with a GPS and a shortwave radio are always a great form of inspiration. The open road, top down on my purple Porsche 911, music blasting, hair flying, bright red lipstick (no mask) and my Gucci sunglasses. Or flying on a plane, going to another country, discovering other cultures. I get a lot of great ideas on long-haul airplanes, lying on beaches, drinkin’ smart cocktails, eating yummy food, making cakes and costumes, and doing flower arrangements. It is very inspirational for me artistically and musically.
Tell us about your new track ‘Lets Do It Together’ with Princess Superstar?
I did my album, Invincible, in 2020 just at the start of the pandemic. All my songs were positive and uplifting cuz we needed some good vibes!
I had heard a track by Powfu called “death bed (coffee for your head)” with a vocal sample of Beadadoobee. And I thought it might be fun to put a rap into the track Let’s Do It Together. So I reached out to Princess Superstar on Instagram and suggested a collab. She got back to me; we had a great conversation, realized we knew a lot of the same people in the industry. She loved the idea and sent me her rap. It fits so nicely. And that’s how the SuperFresh Mix came to be.
The one thing I can say about the weird past year with lock down weirdness is people are much friendlier. I think it’s because we are all so isolated. I’m so glad I made this happen cuz the track is to die for!
What have you got lined up the rest of the year (2021)?
I’m hosting Play Records’ 25th Anniversary Show, PLAY25. We shot it at the revamped El Mocombo here in downtown Toronto. No audience, covid-style. But Princess and I shot a performance of the SuperFresh Mix that will also be the official music video for the track.
I have a new video coming out for my track Bunny Hop, also off the Invincible album. And a new animated video for a recent collaboration with Kardano called I Know Who Yu R.