There’s a lot of great music coming out of the wavy ‘burbs of Southern California, and Aquadolls front-woman, Melissa Brooks, can certainly attest to that. Since her youth, this psychedelic singer has been writing songs about heart-break and female empowerment, while encouraging other girls to ignore self-doubt,and the judgement of others in order to pursue their dreams. We first met the talented artist at this year’s Burgerama, where the young woman humbly and graciously took photos with every fan, exchanged inspirational advice, and bonded over their shared musical taste. Melissa’s moving song lyrics, laid-back approach to life, and audacious sense in style make her one of our most favorite artists to watch this year. Check out our interview with Melissa, and follow the band to discover where they’ll be touring next.

Tell us a little bit about how you first got into music.

It’s kind of something I’ve always done. I’ve been singing since I was a baby, and always dreamed of being a singer, so I’ve always had this persistence in achieving that dream. When I was in high school,  I met my boyfriend Ryan, and started playing music with him and his friends, and from there - we formed a band.

What influences have inspired the West-Coast sound Aquadolls produces?

Well the style of our band takes a lot of inspiration from older music. When I was growing up, I listened to a lot of what my parents listened to, from surf-rock, to Doo-Wop. I’ve had such a long appreciation for artists such as Prince, Madonna, and Britney Spears, and so I feel like these artists whom I look up to have really helped guide our sound.

We really love your 90’s-inspired sense in fashion. Do you feel like your music reflects your style?

I don’t know. I kind of just dress how I want to. It sounds really cliche, but that’s just how I’ve always dressed. Ha!  

We noticed that you’re a pretty big Grimes fan. Do you take any inspiration from her sound, and apply it to the music that you’re writing?

Yes! I actually am working on a new solo project that’s electronic music, which will be released later this year.  It’s totally Grimes inspired. I dream of one day being able to collaborate with her. She’s incredibly talented. She’s a little musical wizard.

We read that you have signed to a new production management company.

Well now we have a manager who is working to get us on a really epic tour, and very soon we’re working on finishing our latest album. I’m really excited for our fans to hear it. There’s a lot of influence from punk music, and I feel like  it’s really uplifting. I just want to make people feel good with my music, you know?

When you’re writing new music for your album, is there an idea or an emotion you want your fans to walk away with?

Of course! The freedom of expression.

Tell me a little bit about your new single ‘Wander.’

Well, I wrote that song when I first graduated from high school.  It’s about taking chances, going against what you’re comfortable with, and trying new things.

What advice would you give someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Follow your dreams, and go for it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not capable.

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