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Melissa Rios Creative Process
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Show Notes Cheat Sheet

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Melissa Rios Holding on LIVE Performance

Melissa Rios’s Current Creative Situation

  • Melissa has recorded and released her debut album “Love and Time” and now she is having fun sharing it with the world and building fans by giging around town and selling her CDs.
  • She is in the process of starting to record her new album.
  • “Having it done and recorded is very nice because I no longer have to isolate myself to focus making the album. Now I can go out and be social.”

Three Word Music Description

“Raw, Acoustic, Soul”

 Into Live Performance- “Love and Time”

This song as well as the whole album is inspired by a relationship Melissa Rios was in.

  • “This song is about someone wanting to give a little bit more of themselves as well as wanting more from someone else.”

  •  Melissa had about 40 songs written before she put together this album and she hand picked all of the songs that were about her relationship.

Melissa’s Favorite Element of “Love and Time”

  •  The vocal was something Melissa really enjoyed doing on this song because it allowed her to let loose and really process the emotion related to the topic of the song.
    • At first Melissa wasn’t sure if her vocal technique would transfer well to the performance of the song but after she got her feet wet this became one of her favorite songs.

Melissa’s Influences

  • As far as an overall musical sound, the blues has really inspired Melissa.
  • For the lyrical side of things, Melissa enjoys artists such as:
  • Melissa really enjoys how these lyricists are able to tell you exactly how they feel through song.
    • It seems that these artists get to say everything they need to say without leaving out any crucial details of the situation.
  • “Whenever I am writing, that is what I am trying to put out in the song.”

Melissa’s Lifestyle

  • Melissa’s life is all about music.
    • She performs, writes, and teaches music for a living.

How Teaching Music Influences Melissa’s Songwriting

  •  Melissa’s been teaching for about 4 years.
    • “The more you teach, the more you realize your strengths and weaknesses.”

  • Melissa has taught people how to play and write music from ages 6-60.
  • Be biggest skill Melissa has developed is discovering the “core” of something.
    • This allows Melissa to look under the hood of any topic and be able to identify the key components that make it work.
    • Once she has recognized that, the challenge is being able to explain something complex to someone else in a simple way.
    •  The same skill can be applied to songwriting. Writing a lyric that explains something complicated in a simple way is not an easy task and it becomes even harder when you have to match the right instrumental to the lyric.
  • Since Melissa teaches songwriting, she is in a really cool position because she is often the first person to hear her students’ original songs.
    • After Melissa listens, they sometimes start working on the song together.
    • “I know I’m your teacher, but this is always a suggestion.”

      • This statement opens the floor for them to be creative.

Melissa’s Creative Space

  • Melissa prefers to be by herself when she writes music.
  • Most of the time, her ideas come to her at about 2 AM.
    • She likes to start with lyrics by writing them down in her phone.
    • She does this in two ways:
      • 1. She is not thinking of a song topic and she is just writing ideas and random words down that are currently in her head.
      • 2. She has a song topic in mind and she ends up writing the lyrics in four line segments.

Melissa’s Favorite Element of the Music Industry

  • She enjoys the performing and recording side of things but more performing than recording.
  • She also enjoys hearing how other people have interpreted her song.

Break Down Song- “Holding On”


  • “If you know you are holding on to something you shouldn’t be, it is only going to hold you back.”


  • This song started with guitar (Melissa’s reverse creative process).
  • Eddie Mooneyhan played Drums and Bass.
  • Jamie Harrison played electric guitar.
  • Melissa enjoyed being around people with the same energy.

Links and Resources from this Interview

Official Website

Facebook Page

ReverbNation Page

New Mexico School of Music

Melissa Rios Music on CD Baby

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I love to enjoy the process behind almost everything. There is so much to learn from in areas where we normally skim over in our fast pace lives. I am a musician, producer, mixer, and songwriter myself that loves to practice the art of hand balancing and push myself with ninja training on my off time. I too struggle with episodes of writers block and other types of creative barriers. I do not consider myself an expert but more of an infinite student that is even willing to learn from the most in-experienced novice. Everyone has something to offer, only some people are willing to listen. Let your voice be heard.

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