We had the good fortune of connecting with Shannon Melody and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shannon, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risks are a crucial part in how our lives turn out. For me specifically, I never took the risk of really considering music as a career in fear of it not working out or being judged by people up until recently. When deciding whether or not to take the risk of doing or not doing something, you really just have to trust your gut and do what you think is the right decision. If this is something that is going to bring you happiness, then I would say the risk is worth it, and even if it doesn’t go the way you expect, take it as an opportunity to learn and grow from it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I don’t think I can really say what sets me apart from any other person out there making music. I think most musicians have a similar mindset of just trying to make music that feels good and that other people can empathize with or relate to. It’s taken a while to get where I am now due to internal battles and finding the right people, but once I did, it was like a whole new world was introduced to me. It was difficult at first to put myself out there and be vulnerable to so many people, but I’ve learned not to take myself too seriously. Im still growing and learning when it comes to music so I try focus more on what I want to accomplish and what I can do better instead of things I can’t change.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Im a big fan of coffee shops, so that’s usually my go to place whenever I’m with someone. Verbena Coffee would probably be my first pick if someone were to visit. They’re a really cute cafe with a really beautiful layout on the inside with tons of places to sit and talk. Any of the parks around Houston are perfect for having a picnic during the day to look at the city or just walk though, but I would probably recommend Buffalo Bayou Park since it has so many great trails and attractions for tourists.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Theres a lot of people who have inspired me to really go and put myself out there and make music, many who probably don’t even know it. Madison Derolf has been by best friend for ten years and has always been so encouraging with my passion for music. She continuously gives me ideas and inspiration when I need it an I can’t thank her enough for being with me for this long. Marco Diaz has been so incredibly patient with me while making and coming up with the idea of “Love Doesn’t Exist in South Florida”, and played a tremendous part in the instrumental and business parts of it all. Christian Bartholomew has produced and mixed this entire EP and is one of the most naturally talented people I know. He is always so open to any ideas I would introduce to him and execute them with ease. These three have had the most influence on me while making the project and I can’t put into words just how thankful I am to work with them.