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Melanie Lynx’s “First Time”: Review, interview with Melanie, and free download of the song!

Her Campus Tufts was lucky to sit down with up and coming pop rock artist Melanie Lynx for an interview. A Rhode Island native, Melanie went to school at Berklee in Boston. She has recently released a new music video for her single “First Time”. Melanie has also provided our readers with a free download link for the song which is posted at the end of the interview.

Melanie pulls in the listener instantly with her raspy voice and staccato-like pronunciation of the first words. It’s instantly easy to sing along. Once the instrumentals and chorus come in, the appeal of the song increases. In a style similar to Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” and Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart A Break” (which Melanie covered), Melanie roots her pop love song with more of a rock-n-roll sounding vocal. The whole song is extremely relatable as Melanie croons about one experience with love making you rocket back to the first time you felt in love. The ‘woah-oh’s that come in at the bridge have an anthematic, sing-a-long vibe that you’ll have fun singing into your hairbrush at the top of your lungs. Overall, this song is one that will certainly be stuck in your mind after just the first listen. Melanie’s vocals and harmonies have a new, unique sound. The strength and power behind her voice show that this is certainly not the last time we’ll hear from her and that she’s going far.

Even though summer is fading away, watching Melanie’s video is a four-minute trip straight back to the carefree days on the beach. Her huge smile is contagious and leaves the viewer smiling and dancing along with Melanie and her friends. The spontaneity that is “summer love” is encompassed perfectly in the laughter and fun taking place through all of the adventures Melanie and her friends go on. For a music video for an upcoming artist, it’s extremely promising. Since this music video is already one that will leave you pressing repeat again and again, it’ll be exciting to see what comes next. Continue reading below for the interview with Melanie where she talks about inspiration, living in Boston, “First Time”, and more!

Where do you draw most of your inspiration for your music from? Was the inspiration for “First Time” the same?
“First Time” is a feel-good, summer song, all about re-experiencing the excitement of falling in love. Like all of my songs, I’ve drawn from personal experiences to complete the lyrics and music. When I was writing “First Time,” I was feeling a really great connection with a guy I was hanging with. We’ve been good friends for a while and because I’m not a very confrontational person I wrote this song instead of telling him how I felt. He still doesn’t know the song is about him!

What was it like filming this music video? What was the idea behind it?
The music video was filmed in Jamestown, Rhode Island and it was such a fun time!! I wanted to stay as true as possible to the original meaning of the song, so most of the video involves a group of friends hanging out and in that group of friends is the boy I’m crushing on. I don’t want to give anything away, but the video includes graffiti, “Chinese fire drills,” and sparklers!

Has attending school and living in Boston had any impact on your music?
Yes! Living in Boston I’ve been exposed to so many different styles of music that the inspiration behind my own music is constantly evolving and it has made me ten times more creative! When did you first get into music?Around age four, I started singing Disney songs and musical theater around the house and a few years later I received my first two albums on cassette tape, Britney Spears’s “…Baby One More Time” Album and Cher’s “Believe” Album. After that, I was hooked on music!

Where do you see your musical endeavors going in the future? What do you hope to achieve?
What I want to do the most is go on tour around the country and eventually the world! Playing music festivals and coming out with several albums would be amazing!

If you could describe your music in one word what would it be and why?
Honest. All of my songs are about real experiences; they are basically something you would read straight out of a diary!

Lastly, if you could say anything to our readers and your fans, what would it be?
Live every day genuinely and openly. Do what you love because you love it and don’t give a s**t about what other people think.

Make sure to get your free download of “First Time”, you won’t regret it, and keep up with Melanie’s music by following her Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!


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Christie is a rising sophomore at Tufts. She absolutely adores coffee in any form,  believes that any dessert can be made better with nutella and any meal better with hot sauce.  In her spare time, she dabbles in graphic design, playing guitar, and photography. She also adores makeup and beauty and believes it's more of an art form than people give it credit for. Music is definitely a huge part of her life: she always has her iPod on and frequently goes to concerts.
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