Melaku is an artist who wrote, performed, and produced his latest album, Golden Age, entirely on his own. Listening to the album, listeners are told the story of an aspiring artist through the different chakras, with each track representing one of the seven spiritual centres of the human body. Influenced by the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s music that he grew up with, Golden Age is truly an uplifting and spiritual production. That’s why Melaku calls his his music “Spiritual Pop,” because it is encoded with a higher purpose.
I’ve put in a lot of time in the studio this year, and I’m really proud of myself. Honestly, I haven’t felt this proud of myself in a long time. I stopped believing all of the negative things I used to tell myself and started believing that I could be who I wanted to be. And that I could full-on chase my American Dream 🇺🇸✨
Since the age 13, Melaku was heavily into music. He built his first home recording studio in his parents’ basement. In that basement is where he recorded covers of classic songs, and where he learned to play all of the instruments himself. Fast forward to now, Melaku’s goal with his music is to provide a soundtrack for the listener to better understand the chakras, since they have been instrumental in his own journey.
Fun fact? The album title, Golden Age, actually refers to not only to a time in the past, but a future time where spirituality is mixed into our daily lives and creates a better world for all of us, aka a Golden Age.
Melaku’s single off of the album, “Red Room,” is all about a bar in his hometown in Santa Cruz, California. When he least expected it, he fell in love with a redhead at The Red Room, and this video shows how it all started. And remember when we said each track on the album represents different chakras? Well “Red Room” is about the first chakra, which is red. It’s all about feeling safe and grounded.
If you like artists like Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, David Bowie, Ed Sheeran, Aloe Blacc, Bruno Mars, you may like Melaku!
You can find Golden Age available March 30th.