WHAT’S THE MELODIC DISTRACTION STORY?
But Liverpool is changing. Melodic Distraction, a proud member of the city’s creative and cultural hub The Baltic Triangle, has felt the brunt of this changing world. Turfed out of their studio over lockdown and facing a period of homelessness which would stop them broadcasting entirely, DM’s stepped in. Our fund has helped them set up a temporary studio in a local record shop, giving them time to find their new home.
And crucially, there will be no dead air.
DM’S CHATS WITH MELODIC DISTRACTION
Josh: We find inspiration in the people and music of Liverpool. The mentality of this city moves differently to anywhere else in the UK - everyone wants each other to succeed and there’s a real flavour of community up here that reaches every corner of life. It’s a city famous for its hard working, friendly folk; people who crack on and get the job done, often in the face of adversity.
What motivates you to unearth local sounds and provide a platform for the city’s DJs and creatives?
Josh: We’ve constantly been inspired by the independent, self-starting creatives we’ve met along the way. Everyone’s happy to give each other a leg up in Liverpool and we hope that we pay this forward by providing radio opportunities to anybody wanting to get involved in broadcasting.
James: Music, looking to the future and the resolve of those who are looking to make the best of this situation. One of our hosts formed a percussion orchestra with his entire street, drumming on bin lids and whatnot. Finding creative ways to come together and enjoy the little things is a huge motivator for me.
What does self-expression mean to you?
Josh: Doing exactly what you want creatively, never compromising! Being the person you want to be and outwardly celebrating your inner beauty.
Josh: Without a home, radio will stop. A new space to broadcast will keep the music playing and the stories flowing. Radio has been a personal place of solace for us over lockdown. A friendly voice in your ear, guiding you through the day. We know our listeners feel the same. Connecting with a host, reaching out in the chatroom and listening to the sounds and stories of Liverpool keeps us close in a time where we can’t necessarily be together.
None of this is possible if we don’t have a studio.