Last week Beauty and skincare brand EOS Products chose Washington, D.C. as one of the stops on a five-city college tour featuring Melanie Fiona, Bridget Kelly, and Elijah Blake. I was super excited when I got word that I’d be interviewing with all 3 artists before the show exclusively for DC Fab!
As I waited in the dressing room of the Rock and Roll Hotel I tried to ease my nerves and not think too hard about the questions. When Melanie walked in the room she flashed a smile with a bold red matte lipstick. She was dressed in a causal, black Nike jogger set with matching wedge dunks and a scully covering her wavy hair and over-sized frames. I was drawn to her brown western vest so naturally our conversation started with fashion and this self-proclaimed shop-a-holic admitted she loves shopping when she’s traveling and she doesn’t discriminate from shopping at 7-11 to Saks Fifth Avenue; she does it all. Her fur vest that I admired was an airport find that has been deemed her new winter coat. That led to her thoughts on DC shopping. Surprisingly she’s never been shopping here. The DMV area is one of her best markets so she comes down more for love and music than shopping. My ears perked up when she said love. When questioned on love she responded: Yes. Music is love. I tried to for it and dig into her dating life but I quickly deferred.
Here are a few excepts from our sit down
Thoughts on Alice Smith’s cover of Fool For You during Black Girls Rock
I haven’t seen it but I heard about it and I’m just really flattered that anyone is covering a song at this point in my career. To know another fellow artist is covering my song is really a flattering thing
Who are you inspired by? What music are you listening to?
I always listen to the same music. I always listen to Lauryn Hill, Sam Cooke, Bob Marley but I’m mostly influenced by Kanye West. He’s my favorite artist. I love Kanye. I love everything he does. People would say it’s right, wrong, ugly, good, or bad. I just love him. I’m into it and I love how he’s been able to evolve and continue to give people what he wants to do which is shock them with art and music in a very creative way. I love Kanye!
I’m really into hip hop these days. Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole are two of my favorite albums. Justin Timberlake is my favorite album of the year. I really love Solange and really love what she’s doing overall with curating art and music and uplifting other artists and creating compilations with other artists. I’m really inspired by her right now.
What’s going on with this “Jackets” Super R&B group?
There is no super R&B group. I love that somebody has decided to put me in a group after I put out 3 albums. It’s just a crew of upcoming artist and I’ve been able to mentor a lot of them and talk to them alot and grow with them. Even from Luke James being in my video from 4am and Ro James getting to know him and Bridget Kelly knowing her for years…Talking and advising new wave of artist in R&B that I actually genuinely support. It’s very important for people to see artist supporting artists. You usually see if from a paparazzi purposes but not from a genuine stand point. Everyone is so talented. I want to be associated with dope, talented artists.
What do you want your fans to know?
I want people to think that I am a great artist feel connected to the music and feel connect to me me and they respect what I do and respect my space as a non-artist as well and they support me in all areas of that. I never got into this to be famous.
We talked more about being a celebrity, friends in the industry, paparazzi, and gossip blogs.
I respect people who are educated, positive, and are coming from an informative stand point opposed to gossip. It’s just not my style. I really admire how private Beyoncé has been able to keep her life. I love that she never gave in. You have to keep something to yourself. Once you let the outside world into your inside world you can’t ask them to get out. You have to keep something sacred for yourself. Eventually I want to be a mom, and have kids, and be able to walk them down the street to school and not worry about all those things. I don’t want to be treated as a separate super entity that is untouchable. We go through the same things.
What can fans expect from the eos tour?
When you come to a live show you get to feel me, my culture, my background, my love for love, my journey through love, and the ability to connect to people through emotion and live music. It’s about having fun and it’s very interactive. I love to do shows for fans and people who want to discover new music.
Take a listen to part one of three with headliner Melanie Fiona.