Very few indie artists emerge on the scene with the immediate success and appeal of Meresha. The 18 year-old Palm Beach County native (by way of Warsaw, Poland) came to the states at age 15 on a mission – take the music world by storm. Drawing from influences including Robert Plant, Joss Stone, Freddie Mercury, Björk, Hayley Williams and James Blake, Meresha composed “New Revolution,” her debut EP. Yet it’s not only her determination that sets her apart – as an accomplished vocalist, guitarist, drummer, and pianist, Meresha both sings and performs on each song on the EP. This is a foundation for long term success, even as we are just witnessing her initial rise. Drunken Mermaid caught up with Meresha just after the release of New Revolution and out front her upcoming show with Adam Lambert and Third Eye Blind.
drunkenmermaid.com: “New Revolution” is a great debut song and video that involved some industry heavy hitters. Tell us about what went into the making of the video.
Meresha: Thanks. David Rousseau, who directed the “New Revolution” video, has an amazing story. He has worked with Pitbull, Shakira and many others. He was nominated five times for MTV VMAs.
Before I reached out to him, I read about him in the Washington Times. As a kid, he used to sit on a car outside the Orange Bowl and listen to concerts that he couldn’t afford to go to. He would visualize in his head what the music looked like. That’s how he starting building his skills as a Director.
I knew how to paint a sonic picture with my music, but needed a partner who could convey the music in visuals. After reading that article, I knew David would be the right guy. We guessed what his email address might be. To our great surprise, he personally replied. Connecting was the hard part. Once we started talking it was clear that we shared a vision on how to get my first major video out. David was really easy to work with. He and his team were very professional and got all the shots in during one (long) day. He even organized that the torrential rain start only the second after he yelled “cut” on the last take…
drunkenmermaid.com: How did you develop your amazing voice and diverse musical talents? What do you take from your musical influences?
Meresha: Thanks. That’s very kind.
Some of the early concerts I went to were with Paramore before they were really famous. Between those experiences and seeing the Black Eyed Peas live, I got the idea of what I really wanted to do – make and perform my own music. I’m a huge music fan myself and have a bunch of Led Zeppelin, Queen and other LPs and CDs in my collection. Someone called me the musical baby of Joss Stone and Björk. That’s a lot to live up to.
I’ve been performing for about 7 years now. When I was twelve, I composed my first song called “Fool Don’t Be”, which I recorded in a CD booth in Miami. People who heard it encouraged me to further develop my music. Guess the lesson is to just try. You’re then forced to learn the things you don’t know to get things done without embarrassing yourself. Luckily along the way I’ve found a bunch of great teachers – for voice, guitar, drums, keys, dance, acting, etc.
I also learned music production myself by playing with what essentially is a recording studio in a software program. That let me put out my own original music to iTunes, etc. for the first time ever. I’ve been working hard at getting the music better since. It’s great that my music has developed the point that radio stations are playing it, but it is still a thrill and surprise to hear my songs being played.
drunkenmermaid.com: What is your favorite song off of the New Revolution EP? Tell us about it.
Meresha: All the songs on the EP, mean a lot to me but probably “You” is my favorite. It is the first love song I’ve written. It’s not autobiographical, but I think people can relate. The heroes of the song love each other, but neither knows what the other thinks until the end.
drunkenmermaid.com: You have a major hit indie song at 18. What does the follow-up to New Revolution look like (or should we say sound like)?
Meresha: Short term, I’m still focused on New Revolution. Most people still haven’t heard it or the other songs on my EP. A Remix EP will be out in about a week. 300 Producers submitted remixes and I selected some new takes on the song “New Revolution” to put out. Next year, I’ll have new material out, but I haven’t decided yet in what form. The good thing about being an Indie is that I can follow the sound that inspires me. Then I just have to hope others like it too.
drunkenmermaid.com: What would you like the world to know about you?
Meresha: That I really appreciate any support. I’m an Indie. That means I don’t have an army of label staff around the world to get my music out. Every time someone watches my videos, clicks like, shares, comments, Shazams, etc. they are helping me. Without this army engaging with my music, I can’t compete with label artists. Main message – if you like an artist – let them and the world know.
drunkenmermaid.com: Are you performing live in support of the EP? If so, where can we see you?
Meresha: My band is in rehearsals right now. Nov. 21 we will be playing in front of a studio audience on Cape Cod TV, then on Dec. 12 we will play with Adam Lambert and Third Eye Blind in Boca Raton, Florida. That’s a hometown show for me, and I’m trying to get a loud crowd out for it.
Let’s make it happen – you can see Meresha at the 2015 No Snow Ball, Saturday December 12th, at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton.