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Melvin Galapon

Graphic Artist — Burnley

Name, where are you from?
Melvin Galapon, from Burnley in Lancashire.

What do you do?
I’m a Graphic Artist/Art Director.

Describe your style in three words:
Clean, Graphical, Minimal.

What music defines the teenage you?
I went through so many genres in my teens, in chronological order I went from RnB, Hip Hop, Happy Hardcore, Trance, House, Drum & Bass and ended up listening to Britpop/Indie.

Britpop/Indie brings back memories of getting wasted at my first ever gig at Mechanics in Burnley watching a then up and coming local band called Syndicate. That pretty much changed the teenage me forever.

A British icon that has inspired you?
Noel Gallagher. He’s a pretty straight talking person who doesn’t really give a f**k what anyone thinks. You’ve gotta love that really haven’t you, not to mention having written some modern classic songs. I’d just like to go for a pint with him, I think he’d be a right laugh.

What was the last piece of music you bought?
'The M3LL155X EP' by FKA Twigs.

What is your all-time favourite gig?
Too many to choose from, it’d have to be a toss up between Flying Lotus at the Roundhouse (the stage design for that gig was crazy!) or Atoms for Peace at the same venue.

Both were just epic for different reasons.

 

What was the first song you played on repeat?
'Informer' by Snow. I remember borrowing the cassette tape (I’m totally showing my age here) off a mate from school for about a week, he wasn’t impressed as he only let me borrow it for a day. Such a tune though!

A song from your favourite album?
'Paranoid Android' by Radiohead. At the time I’d just started teaching myself guitar and Johnny Greenwood's work on that track is just insane.

A song you wish you had written?
'F.E.A.R' by Ian Brown, to make the first letter of each word in each line of the verses spell out FEAR is simply genius.

Most meaningful lyrics to inspire change?
"Cash rules everything around me. Cream. Get the money!"

'C.R.E.A.M' by Wu-Tang Clan.

Best song to bring people together?
'Champagne Supernova' by Oasis. It’s a sort of, end of night, down the pub song really, isn’t it? Arm in arm drunk shouting out the lyrics to each other.

What was the last album you bought?
'Currents' by Tame Impala. Love the cover for that album too!

Best love song of all time?
'The Power of Love' by Huey Lewis & the News, I’m a huge Back to the Future fan. Being linked to a film where you can transcend space and time, what says love more than that?

Is there a song you like that people wouldn’t expect?
'Fooled Around And Fell In Love' by Elvin Bishop, it appeared on the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack.

Name, where are you from?
Melvin Galapon, from Burnley in Lancashire.

What do you do?
I’m a Graphic Artist/Art Director.

Describe your style in three words:
Clean, Graphical, Minimal.

What music defines the teenage you?
I went through so many genres in my teens, in chronological order I went from RnB, Hip Hop, Happy Hardcore, Trance, House, Drum & Bass and ended up listening to Britpop/Indie.

Britpop/Indie brings back memories of getting wasted at my first ever gig at Mechanics in Burnley watching a then up and coming local band called Syndicate. That pretty much changed the teenage me forever.

A British icon that has inspired you?
Noel Gallagher. He’s a pretty straight talking person who doesn’t really give a f**k what anyone thinks. You’ve gotta love that really haven’t you, not to mention having written some modern classic songs. I’d just like to go for a pint with him, I think he’d be a right laugh.

What was the last piece of music you bought?
'The M3LL155X EP' by FKA Twigs.

What is your all-time favourite gig?
Too many to choose from, it’d have to be a toss up between Flying Lotus at the Roundhouse (the stage design for that gig was crazy!) or Atoms for Peace at the same venue.

Both were just epic for different reasons.

 

What was the first song you played on repeat?
'Informer' by Snow. I remember borrowing the cassette tape (I’m totally showing my age here) off a mate from school for about a week, he wasn’t impressed as he only let me borrow it for a day. Such a tune though!

A song from your favourite album?
'Paranoid Android' by Radiohead. At the time I’d just started teaching myself guitar and Johnny Greenwood's work on that track is just insane.

A song you wish you had written?
'F.E.A.R' by Ian Brown, to make the first letter of each word in each line of the verses spell out FEAR is simply genius.

Most meaningful lyrics to inspire change?
"Cash rules everything around me. Cream. Get the money!"

'C.R.E.A.M' by Wu-Tang Clan.

Best song to bring people together?
'Champagne Supernova' by Oasis. It’s a sort of, end of night, down the pub song really, isn’t it? Arm in arm drunk shouting out the lyrics to each other.

What was the last album you bought?
'Currents' by Tame Impala. Love the cover for that album too!

Best love song of all time?
'The Power of Love' by Huey Lewis & the News, I’m a huge Back to the Future fan. Being linked to a film where you can transcend space and time, what says love more than that?

Is there a song you like that people wouldn’t expect?
'Fooled Around And Fell In Love' by Elvin Bishop, it appeared on the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack.

Melvin Galapon's Limited Edition Tote Bag for Record Store Day 2017