Mell & Vintage Future

FRESH: ‘Forever’ – Mell and Vintage Future

Dutch singer Mell joins forces with Vintage Future for “Forever”!

by Christopher Smith

When two veteran musicians in the prime of their career met an attractive newcomer with an amazing voice it was a match made in heaven. Mell & Vintage Future are a Dutch trio who play rootsy rhythm ‘n blues and soul. “Forever” is their latest collaboration.

In her relatively short career, Mell paid her dues with numerous appearances on Dutch television. With her vocal talent she caught the attention of Vintage Future, a team of producers who immediately sensed her potential.

Nico Brandsen (Hammond organ) is widely known for his edgy and almost magical way with his vintage equipment. He has played with many of Holland’s greatest – from Ilse de Lange to Kane to Jan Akkerman. Ton Dijkman (drums) is considered one of Holland’s finest musicians. As a session drummer, he has contributed to hundreds of recordings. For the last two decades Dijkman has been performing with Dutch superstar Marco Borsato.

Mell & Vintage Future came on the scene officially in early 2016. They began with a strong series of singles. Starting with “Call My Name”, their songs have become staples on Dutch National Radio. Mell’s fifth and latest single “Forever” gets heavy radio rotation and is the prelude to the bands’ debut album release in May 2019. Mell & Vintage Future will also be touring the country throughout the year.

For more about Mell and Vintage Future, check out their WEBSITE and their FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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