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Today we’d like to introduce you to Melo 222.

Melo, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Let’s start by saying I am a black male that was adopted by a white family. I had a strange start to life, a little after my birth mom got pregnant with me my father was arrested on Marijuana charges and sent to prison so my birth mom decided to give me up for adoption.

My adoptive brother had 4 little sisters and had always wanted a little brother so on his own he found an adoption agency and eventually found me and my birth mom and started the process he told my parents and they agreed that adopt me was the right thing to do. I grew up as the black kid in a suburb that was definitely a majority white which was hard at times and definitely strange at times not to mention that my family was all a different skin color as me so I had very few people to talk to about the situation.

My upbringing is definitely what made me want to pursue a career in music and business and to be different seeing as I grew up always being very different from everyone and had to become okay and confident in that fact. I started rapping along to songs and memorizing the lyrics to rap songs since about 6 years old and then dove very deep into writing poetry, raps, and stories in middle school around the time that YouTube started getting very popular. From that point on I knew that I wanted to create music.

A little later on in high school I started going through more real-life problems and emotions (learning my birth mom passed away, breakups, losing friendships, etc.) at that time my music started to gain more depth and I realized I wanted to find a way to empathize with the pain and make people feel loved through my music. It was during my first year away at college that I received the hardest news that I have received and that was that one of my best friends also black and adopted in my neighborhood had chosen to end his life.

At that point, my music had turned more reckless and sad and my depression had really solidified. I questioned a lot of things at this point in time including getting a college degree, I ended up dropping out permanently and made the choice that I will not work a 9-5 until I’m 65 and retire, I have always been the type to question everything and knew that I was not the type of person that could maintain happiness while working for someone else, it was after that experience that I decided the only way that I was going to live my life was independently so I started diving into business courses online, YouTube videos, stock markets, etc.

I didn’t have any clue where to start so I just decided to overload myself with information throughout my early twenties knowing that I would lose money go into debt and fail but eventually it was going to pay off! I knew that most businessmen and CEOs don’t really even make good profits until they are well into their 30s and 40s so I know that it is a long road but I know that it is well worth it if it brings joy and stability.

I have had many mistakes and failed ventures and I have learned so much from all of them now I am ready to start the business venture that I truly believe in because it mixes my love for business and independence with my music career as Melo 222 and my love for music and helping the music community in Salt Lake and Utah. The company started out as OTW Creation and is now going to be called 222 Creations.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been a smooth easy road to starting a business or a music career.

I have lost tons of money and assets, I have lost friends due to not having the time to do things with them and I have lost way too much sleep with my mind racing with ideas. I can not lie putting in 20 hours a day into work, business and music is not the greatest thing ever for your mental health and throughout my life, I have been diagnosed with ADHD, major depression, Bipolar disorder, and anxiety.

I have been prescribed dozens of different medications throughout my life which took away my creativity, my drive, and even my personality which led me to the conclusion in 2019-2020 that I was better off finding alternative methods to assist my mental health and dampen my negative traits and fuel the traits that I love and that make me me.

As I said earlier some of my biggest struggles were in high school when I found out that my mom had passed away, having not met her ever that hurt unbelievably to know that when I turned 18 I would not be able to go and meet her and tell her I love her and that I understand and appreciate her very much for giving me the best life that she could possibly give even if it wasn’t with her.

The other most significant moment for me was when my best friend committed suicide, I questioned a lot about life, and a couple of years after that moment when I was at a very low point I attempted to commit suicide myself by ingesting 1 Gallon bottle of bleach which left me in the hospital in a coma for weeks and then in the hospital recovering for months after I woke from my coma, my attempt did a lot of permanent damage to my body for which I am going to the hospital for procedures weekly even 4 years after my attempt.

Also, that instance is the reason I wrote the song Permanently Damaged-Melo 222 my personal favorite track. I am very lucky to be alive and have learned and grown a lot from my experiences. I want to make music to help all the kids and adults who are in a similar place as I was and no longer believe that they can live this life, I want everyone to know that it does get better and your life means something!

To me and loads of others. My business 222 Creations formerly OTW Creations is me extending a hand out to those who need help from me and are struggling or just need someone on their team. It is a music group, a music promotion company, an artist merchandising/printing company, a record label, and a company that cares to build and see everyone in the local music scene succeed.

Eventually, we will be acquiring a building so that we can start a music venue that has a culture of acceptance and love in the community as well as accepting every genre of music.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am an artist and a small business owner, my artist name is “Melo 222” and my company is 222 Creations formerly OTW Creation which is a record label, management company, artist merchandise creator, and promotion company.

The music I am mainly known for is emo rap, indie rap, pop punk, and pop trap but I tend to lean into every genre a little bit. I am most proud of the fact that I am able to build a connection through my music with at least one of my supporters at every single show and with every single song. I am also known for being genuine not causing problems and supporting every single artist that asks for my assistance.

I am very proud of the fact that I have started a business in an industry that has a lot of meaning to me and that I am able to help artists move toward their goals and dreams. What sets me apart is my work ethic and my style my music is very much me and I love that and I am willing to work on my music and business until 11 am and then wake up again a couple of hours later and do the same thing again the next day.

What sets me apart is that some days I do 12-hour studio sessions and 10 hours of work just to make sure that I am putting in the effort to be where I want to be. Another thing that sets me apart is that I genuinely want to see everyone succeed and reach their goals and I am willing to help with what time I do have available.

In music, I am also known to create shows with the artists in my group that is fun and makes you feel an array of emotions.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
My music is on all platforms (Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, Apple Music, etc.) under Melo 222. I respond best for music features and show requests on my Instagram and Snapchat @otwmelo222. Also, you can email me at melomantra25@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for your love and support!

Pricing:

  • $150 for 10 T-shirts with your design printed on them.
  • $150 for a feature from Melo 222

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Ryan Larsen, Kiysa Buck, Seven SEER.801, and SIKK Melo 222

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