Introduction
After 2 years of misbehaving in the DC/Baltimore club scene, and listening to DJ Dans' "That zipper track" along with "Another Late Night", Melo decided that he would like to try his hand at being on the other side of the decks. He asked his good friend Brendan (Psykofly of Mantis Soundsystem) if he would be willing to show him the ropes. Already an accomplished DJ himself, Brendan agreed, Introducing Melo to the world of Drum and Bass. After getting down the basics, Melo moved into the genre he favored most, House. A few trips to the record store later he was making a name for himself in the local Hard/Funky House scene. Getting noticed and booked by local promoters and organizations such as Metatrack Studios. After a year of touring DC and Baltimore nightlife he was picked up by 2econdLevel. A collective of some of DC's finest EDM DJs such as Shaun Cox, Diaspora, Just Charlie, Robbay, and Prophecy Project. In early summer 2002 Melo along with Mantis Soundsystem figured the city could use a more intimate Drum and Base weekly and opened Octane at Fasika's in the heart of Adams Morgan. Octane was a great summer success showcasing the areas new-comers and some of the regions legends. At the end of the summer the party ended and Melo was preparing for his biggest gig yet. 2econdLevel was booked on the outside deck at the legendary Buzz @ Nation for the Final foam party of the year. Melo spun one of the best sets he ever had. The party was incredible.

In April of 2003 Melo was called on by a friend, Haaps, to join up with him and the others in the Midnightsons, a group of DJs from Seattle, WA. Haaps and Melo returned with Diesel @ Daedalus, a new weekly featuring all genres and some of the nations best DJs and locals like Debbie D., John Kelly, Skandalus, and the legendary John Tab. Diesel was very short lived but Haaps and Melo were picked up by a representative from Massoud A. Productions. They were throwing a party called Code @ Nation. Ex-home of Buzz. Haaps was made a resident and Melo was an adviser and then later made a resident. Melo finally had a residency in DC where he could really show his style and years of hard work. Melo is known for his genre hopping abilities, impeccable track selection, excellent sense reading the crowd and keeping them moving. His stage presence is a blend of fist-pumping, head bobbing, and screaming at the crowd always trying to draw in their energy. "I have to feel the crowd, interact, and watch them dance. Not just play records."
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