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interviewed | Rap Sensation Melvin Bailey

The comedy musical Love Me Tinder is coming to Auckland this week. Stephen Sinclair has directed and produced a hilarious perspective on the path of love in the age of Tinder. The show, who is for anyone with a smart phone and an open heart, was a sell-out at the Auckland Live’s International Cabaret Season last year.

Love me Tinder is the story of Zoe and Daren who meet on the ubiquitous dating site. They are compatible in so many ways, but Tinder’s on-going temptations then threatens to tear them apart. The show lets the audience witness the train wreck of a Tinder date going disastrously wrong.

The musical has been rewritten and developed for this year’s show. I chat to local rap sensation Melvin Bailey AKA Kloos, who has created suave and seductive lyrics for Love Me Tinder.

Melvin, who was just fifteen when he started rapping, explained how the script has been adjusted for the second season, and all of the music is now original. He said: “The show is about relationships and how the advancement of technology has affected the ways in which we communicate.”

Melvin is excited about acting alongside Jennifer Austin and Stephen Lunt, who play Zoe and Daren.

When asked how he got into rapping, Melvin said: “I love music and naturally Hip-Hop suited me, I wrote bits of poetry whilst studying at university and thought why not lay those verses down. It was my new year’s resolution for 2015 to make a mixtape, and once I did that, I simply carried on.”

I asked Melvin about his personal experiences with Tinder. He said: “We were encouraged to download the app last year for research purposes but I lasted less than five minutes. I’m more of a walk up to you and chat kind of guy.”

At last year’s Auckland Live International Cabaret Season, Melvin thought it was awesome to partake in the lively vibe in town. This year, he said he’s excited about “being part of the music once again, and having the opportunity to perform at the Comedy Club, which puts everyone at the heart of it all.”

After the show finishes, Melvin is hoping to get tickets to see Drake and celebrate all of the shows hard work. He will then focus on solo projects. He said: “My debut EP has been in the works for some time now, but the finish line is in sight.”

Melvin gets his inspiration form Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino and Lute. He said: “These guys are skilled and force me to go further with my lyrical content. Through their words, they alter my perspective and I’m left with a greater appreciation of life. I hope that one day I can do the same for someone else.”

Melvin’s advice for aspiring rappers is: “Create tracks that you enjoy and be honest in your output.” He gets his inspiration from life, “each day is a blessing, regardless of what happens.”

Love Me Tinder returns to bar Freida Margolis in New Lynn on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th October, then plays at The Classic Comedy Bar on Queen Street from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th November. Book your tickets here.

NZICF 16 | 5 mins with Renee Lyons

Tinderella is outrageous, absurd, definitely funny – but not always pretty.  And when the clock strikes 12, Tinderella turns 40.  We caught up with Renee Lyons before she takes over Auckland’s Basement Studio for 5 sold-out shows.  

Awkward dates, terrible life choices  and female anatomy – her show will have it all.

Describe your show in three words starting with a vowel…

A hot mess.

What’s the inspiration behind your show? 

Travelling through my 30s trying to figure out how to become an adult whilst failing miserably at the love game.

What are your top 3 festival picks? 

Felicity Ward – “What if there is not toilet?”

Lords of Strut – “Chaos” 

Alice Brine – “Brinestorm”

Tell us about your most memorable time on stage…

During Silo theatre’s season of “Life is a dream”, my fellow actress and I were running through our fight choreography as we did every night before the show. This particular day we had a different interpretation of what “On three….One two three PUNCH” meant. I got a broken nose, the show went up 20 mins late and I dripped blood over the floor from start to finish.

Word Association:

Comedy – Fun

Fashion – Fail

New Zealand – Home

Sheep – Cute

Selfie – Spew

Dating – Disaster

And finally, describe the last meal you ate: 

Breakfast this morning. 2 soft boiled eggs mashed on a bit of toast with excessive amounts of butter, 1 lemon water, 1coffee.

Renee Lyons performs her show TINDERELLA at The Basement Studio in Auckland Tue 3 May – Sat 7 May as part of the 2016 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. from 22 April – 15 May. For the full line-up of shows in the Festival head to comedyfestival.co.nz

NZICF 14 | Meet Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

I recommend you go to his show if only for the “celebrity” contingent.  From Dei Hamo to X-Factor Auditionees, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer’s show looks set to be this year’s ‘hot ticket’ at the International Comedy Festival.

After a three year comedy hiatus, this Billy T Award winner returns with a brand new show about love, loss, tinder relationships, cage fighting in Thailand and everything else he’s been up to on his ‘break’.  Join him in Auckland as he ‘wins you over with his carefully orchestrated awkwardness’.

Describe your NZICF 14 show in three words or less…

I only describe things in emoji these days so my show would be –

MicrophoneVomit Monkey

microphone, person throwing up, monkey covering his eyes 

Why should we come to your show over someone else’s?

Over the years I’ve made friends with some pretty big names so expect to see heaps of local celebs like……um….people from The Block maybe, some of the auditionees from X Factor, some of the Macdonald’s Young Entertainers, Dei Hamo, the guy with one arm who stands on Vulcan Lane asking for money and HEAPS MORE!

Your Top 3 Festival picks?

Rhys Darby, Brendhan Lovegrove, Flashdunce

What’s in your festival hospitality rider?

Beer, water and the venue’s wifi password.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

Freak out, stare in the mirror questioning my career choice, sometimes cry, and sometimes vomit… sometimes both at the same time.

Do you have a joke that never fails?

knock knock

who’s there

Go fuck yourself

Word Association:

Comedy ha

New Zealand awesome

Selfie idiots

Royals suck

Cats suck

Celebrity heaps will be at my show (dei hamo and stuff.  See above)

Cori Gonzalez-Macuer performs his show HELL WOULD BE EASIER (WLG 30 April – 3 May & AKL 7 – 10 May) as part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider this 24 April – 18 May. For more info visit www.comedyfestival.co.nz.