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#AOTM – SURENIE DE MEL

Artist of the Month - May 2015

© by Surenie De Mel

Genre: Hip Hop and R&B
Hometown: Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

Artist of the Month for May 2015 is Surenie De Mel, from Sri Lanka!

Surenie De Mel is a melody composer, lyricist, dancer, TV presenter and choreographer from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

Music has always been her passion and her greatest interest. In 2006 she released her first track Aadare Nam featuring the first of her beautiful melodies. Her mind-blowing dance acts left audiences amazed. The song became popular through TV and radio thanks to popular demand and she was the first to be crowned with the Best Dance Act award at the Derana Music Video Awards 2007.

Her debut album Aadare Nam was released in 2008.

In 2010 she also won the Best Overall Act by a Female Singer at the Derana Music Video Awards.

Recently she released her second album, again to great audience success. Surenie has already made a name for herself in Sri Lanka and is definitely on the way to becoming one of the finest entertainers in the country.

I’m always searching for new styles. I love to combine two, three genres together, mainly local and foreign ones, to create my own. That is my music.

When and why did you start making music?

At the time I was working at a shipping company as an export manager but I was looking for a change, I wanted to get rid of the stressful environment. Also my mother was a singer in the 70s and my whole family is composed of singers!

I composed a melody and wrote half of the lyrics then gave it to a musician and did my own track. I could already sing and dance from previous training and… in 2007 Aadare Nam became a hit in Sri Lanka!

Who or what inspired you to take up?

My inspiration was my mother, Cheryl Kuruppu.

What was your first ever job?

Secretary for a well-known convent.

Live or studio, what suits you best?

Live.

Your favorite part of a music production

Melody composing.

Your favorite outfit for a gig

Full black with silver jewelry and black boots.

Your favorite music instrument

The guitar.

The most musical natural sound

The sound of the wind blowing from the sea.

The perfect foreign language to sing

Spanish and Hindi.

Which works are you most proud of?

Of my popularity among Sri Lankans!

What is he most important skill required – besides talent – to become a successful musician?

You should have the talent to understand what your fans expect from you.

The best concert you’ve seen in the audience

I don’t watch concerts live but I have watched many through the Internet. I like JLO concerts!

The last track you listened to?

An Indian song, Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan.

Written by Monica Mel

Global Rockstar magazine editor

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