An Interview with Melissa Brooks.
Where are you from?
I live in La Mirada, California, go to school in Fullerton, hang out in Seal Beach, and work on music in Hollywood. Just a SoCal gal.
How was your childhood?
It was filled with musical theater, choir, acting, dance lessons, oh jeez. It was pretty bizarre but I loved it all. Growing up I was constantly surrounded by entertainment of some sort. It wasn’t always fun, but I feel like all that pressure as a kid gave me a good head on my shoulders.
When did you know that you were
going to make music?
I started writing songs in second grade and never really stopped. I didn’t realize that I wanted to do it as a career until I was about fourteen when I had my Paramore obsession in middle school. Hayley Williams really captivated me and I thought it would be so cool to front a band.
What’s the purpose of creating The Aquadolls?
My purpose is to create my own platform and just spill all my thoughts and feelings and dreams, put some nice chords to it, and hope that it makes some people feel good.
Who do you want to inspire with your music?
I want to inspire anyone who feels like they need a light.
What’s the best part about playing shows?
The best part about playing shows is seeing people sing along to my songs and meeting them after.
Funniest thing that’s happened on tour?
When we played in San Francisco at the DNA Lounge, we played in the upstairs part of the venue and downstairs there was a full on rave going on. It was insane! Thousands of teen ravers parading around in their tutus and candy bracelets. We had a few hours to kill before our set time, so we all tried to sneak into the rave but they wouldn’t let us in. We went through a few doors and tried but they never did! Then we were like, “Wait, why are we trying to go to a rave?” It was pretty funny.
Who’s the loudest in The Aquadolls?
What’s a good place to surf/ and skate?
Long Beach has awesome skate spots.
Where did The Aquadolls record “Stoked On You”?
We recorded at Valley Recording studios in Burbank, California with this awesome guy Joe Cardamone from The Icarus Line.
One of my favorite songs is the song “Our Love Will Always Remain”. What was on your mind when you wrote the song?
I was on my college campus watching the rain fall on a cold day in January. I was sitting on a covered balcony and the smell of the rain and the glisten of the wet pavement was really beautiful and I kept thinking how bad I wanted to share this moment with Ryan. A week or so before, he gave me a bouquet of flowers that I had sitting on my kitchen table and they were drooping and falling apart. I wrote the song about how I wished the sun would come out and how the flowers were wilting but my love for my man won’t ever die.
Are you working on any current projects?
Yes, I have been working on a ton of new music for almost two years now. I’ll be releasing new music this winter and am so excited to share it with you. I’ve been playing a lot of the new material at our concerts and fans seem to really dig it. It’s an evolution of sound, but a lot more personal and a lot more fun. My first new song, “Girl Riot”, will be out very soon!
What are some songs that you recommend to the audience?
If you want to get a first look at the band, I’d say to listen to “Wander” first.
Who are some of your influences?
Blondie, Gwen Stefani,
photos courtesy of @melissabrooksla