Hi Melody! Life seems pretty good in the MK camp! What’s been happening with you this year?
So far this year has just been madness. I’m spending a lot of time in the studio and my DJ schedule has been intense. It’s manic, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I feel truly blessed.
You’re now spinning all over the world, but how did you get your start in the business? Where did it all begin?
I’ve always loved music and felt drawn to the whole scene since I was very young. I started off working for a club night as a promo girl but I always wanted to be up in the booth! I used to bug the headline DJ in the club for lessons and after a while he finally caved in and helped me get started.
What particular genres of music do you play?
I don't believe in music genres anymore, I think that's an old fashioned way of looking at music. Everybody's phone has got a crazy mix of styles these days, I just love picking the right dance to music to suit the vibe, whatever style that may be. That's the art of being a good DJ.
You're the Nando's, Nike Town, SBTV and Crep Protect Official DJ! As well as being a BBC1Xtra resident mix show DJ – how have you come to work with such influential brands?
I've been lucky enough to be approached by some big players in the game, but they wouldn't have come knocking if I hadn't done all of the groundwork. I've got a very dedicated work ethic. My grind is for real!
If you hadn't become a DJ what else would you be doing?
Something else in music probably, maybe a full time producer.
Who's the most famous person you've met in your career so far?
Oooh, that's a hard question, and very relative depending on your definition of fame. I've met loads of artists that have inspired me... and some I wish I hadn't haha!
We know you’re regularly on the road – what are the two essentials you can't leave the house without?
I take my gym gear everywhere with me; I never know when I'll get a chance to train. Oh and a change of sneakers is a must!
Music and fashion culture seem to go hand in hand, what does fashion mean to you? Can you describe your style?
I'm not a fashion die-hard, but I do like crazy trends and fads. I think it's important to get your look to suit you. I would describe my style as "fiercely funky".
DJ’ing for Nike Town as well as Crep Protect – your sneaker game must be on point. Are you a sneakerhead?
Definitely, I can't live without my kicks!
How many pairs do you own?
I lost count years ago but it's a lot.
It's great to see you representing the female DJs. Did you find it difficult becoming a well-known DJ as a woman?
At first starting out as a girl DJ in a boys club business was a little challenging, but I spent years on my craft so I can hold my own. I think if you take yourself seriously then others soon do.
What’s your advice for young, up-and-coming DJs?
Practice! Learn your trade and act professional at all times.
What’s your motto in life?
I know your summer schedule has been hectic, going from Wireless to Glastonbury. What’s the best event you have played until now in your career?
Each year I spin at a hip hop festival in Croatia called Fresh Island, it's bananas out there! Each year gets bigger and better.
Is there a DJ Melody Kane music project out there?
Yes there is. I'm finishing up my debut EP under the name MKSX, which stands for Melody Kane Sound Xchange. It's a dance collective featuring guest MCs and vocalists from around London. Next year is going to be a problem!
What have we got to look forward to for the rest of 2015?
I'm currently in festival season so it's a little hard to look past this, but I'm doing my first ever residency in Ibiza. I'm spinning every Tuesday at Swag Club. Everyone come over!
Listen below to Melody Kane in the mix on BBC Radio 1Xtra, or see more over on her Instagram.