Nothing Can Hold Magic Mel Back

By Chris Illich

Mel Monaco had a dream: a dream to skate the ashphalt surface on four wheels, a dream to strap on roller-skates and glide down Santa Monica Boulevard and Venice Beach. So, as easily said as done, she did it.

“I went out to Los Angeles in April of 2016 and bought myself a pair, and began teaching myself,” she said.

But, as much as she wanted to learn how to roller-skate, she wanted to take her newfound skills and display them in her upcoming video for her new single “Hold Me Back”.

The music video, directed by Rabidog Films and produced by Backstraight Productions, will be released on Nov. 20 at Club Italia, and the event will feature Mel Monaco ‘All Brass’d Up’ with a seven-piece backing band consisting of the accompanying boys in the band and a four piece brass section.

The release event also coincides with her annual Mel Monaco 2017 Pin-Up Calendar fundraiser. Working with Lady Luck Pin Ups, HQ SalonSpa and Katelynn Nangle Designs, the calendar aims to help support the video shoot, which was shot on the outdoor roller-rink at Hamilton Waterfront Trust, featuring the Niagara Roller Girls.

“They are the most badass girls I’ve ever met in my life. They sweat their entire summer away with me, teaching me how to roller-skate. Having first received a Factor Demo Grant to record the single “Hold Me Back” in March of 2016,” said Monaco. “That was truly the start to me finding a style in my own writing.”

Working with Guillermo Subauste of Pacha Sound, and Bruce MacKinnon who is a fantastic brass musician…together, we really funked up the entire song. Naturally, it had this vintage 1970’s R&B vibe to it, so the roller-skating just fit. We just had so much fun shooting the video.”

The video premiere for ‘Hold Me Back’ and Mel Monaco’s 2017 Pin-Up Calendar takes place at Club Italia on Nov. 20. Tickets and More information can be found at facebook.com/melmonacomusic