Musician Meddie Bloom is all about unity, self-love, self-acceptance and sending a message of hope and compassion that is lost in many areas in this world we’re living in. With Bloom’s first-ever video and single, from his debut album, “Time To Live,” is reflective of Bloom’s belief in brotherhood, sisterhood and everyonehood.
“Time To Live” is an infectious, Euro-Dance, pop track with positive and encouraging messages in the music and lyrics. The music video for it was shot in an extremely hot desert outside of Los Angeles, all while Bloom and his friends tapped into Method Acting to convey their feelings. The video was shot in 95 degree and upper, and in such challenging conditions, Bloom and his friends managed to convey the overall theme and message of the song in a positive and effective manner. The video was directed by Bloom’s friend and collaborator, Pasha Teplo, along with production and writing by Meddie himself.
Your new single “Time To Live” tells a very important message of unity. What led you to write it?
I really wanted my first single to lay down the foundation for what I stand for as an artist, which is bringing people together with the loving and uniting power of music through colorful sound waves and more meaningful lyrics. A funny but interesting fact about “Time To Live” is that the melody idea for the song started while I was sick in bed with a fever. While desperately trying to fall asleep I kept turning and tossing around my bed, wresting with the sickness when suddenly the chorus melody of the song emerged into my head and it would not leave my side for hours. It’s melody kept repeating over and over again. I found it beautiful and was enchanted by it. Feeling a bit better after a few hours I got out of bed and immediately recorded that melody before I would forget it. It was a special moment because this particular melody firmly guided me through the healing process. I was in the dark, it grabbed my hand and I followed it. I then knew that I wanted the whole song to have a thunderous, colorful, liberating and uplifting vibe. That whole experience inspired me to give the song its few prolific messages…I wanted it to spread a message of love and oneness, celebrating unity through diversity with an open mind and heart, encouraging the practice of self love, showing unconditional love by helping one another in good and bad times. Often times, just knowing that we’re not alone in our journey, and especially our struggles, can be quite comforting and can often lead us on a better path towards healing. And lastly, I really wanted to encourage people to stop hiding their magic and talents, to unleash them in the name of love and art. Show off their beautiful and precious colors which will certainly inspire others. And it wouldn’t necessarily have to be a certain talent, it could also just be someone giving their warmth, care and help to someone else in need of it.
This single is pivotal during times like these – is that why you chose to release it as your first single?
Most definitely. Although I could firmly assure that there is never a wrong time to spit meaningful, peaceful and liberating messages out to the masses, especially through music. Unfortunately, we still live in times where people are still hateful, racist, sexist, homophobic, fearful and overly judgmental about people and things they know very little about. Let’s take social media as an example: we all love it and are hooked to it, and it truly can be a blessing and a curse. To give you a clear example, image driven social media sites show up in surveys as platforms that most lead young people and adults to report feeling of anxiety, depression and worried about body image. Social media is also a living proof that hate, separation, fear and ignorance still strongly exist amongst people. In my humble opinion, it all leads back to people’s lack of self-love and fear of the unknown. Therefore, my wish today and everyday, is that we all learn how to deeply, wholeheartedly love ourselves and teach all the younger kids to do the same. Feeding the world light, love and compassion becomes easier when you feed yourself the same through the practice of self-love. With the use of positive affirmation as a guiding light, we can learn how to transform self-sabotage into self-love and self-doubt into self-confidence. We will then be able to uncover power, see the best in people around us and help elevate them to their highest selves. I truly believe this is the first and most important step to collectively heal our earth. Additionally, we really need to encourage the idea of co-existing with all other living beings on this precious planet, being as tolerant, loving and kind as we can be to each other, no matter what color, religion, sexual orientation, shape or species. We all bear the same expressions and are all made of the same stardust. Our possibilities to learn from each other and collectively grow are limitless. United we can heal ourselves. United we heal each other. United we can heal the world. We stick together. We rise together. We bloom together. That’s what I want my music to be about…That’s my jam.
“Time To Live” is an EDM-infused and inspired tune. What is it about the genre of EDM that influences you so much?
To be quite frank, I sincerely love, grew up on and was influenced by most music styles, from Rock to Pop to Motown to R&B to Classical to Disco to, you name it. The song “ Time To Live” happens to be a more Euro-Dance Pop driven style song, as I really wanted it to be that way. I also tend to be a true sucker for catchier melodies. But I certainly don’t see myself being limited to only EDM. As an independent artist I’ll most likely be branching out into other music styles in the future. Can’t wait!
You used Method Acting for the making of this video; have you done that prior, and what was that like for you?
No, I have actually never done method acting before since this is my first music video ever. Method acting is a range of training and rehearsal techniques that seek to encourage sincere and emotionally expressive performances. The whole cast (most of them happen to be friends of mine) and I gave it our true emotions. There were no rehearsals. It was so much fun. We all had a great time making these scenes. There were only “one takes” for each cast member and each scene of the music video, making the whole video making process the more enticing and spontaneous. Not even one single member of the cast had the slightest clue of what they were gonna be asked to do, so no one was prepared. The whole method acting concept was Pasha Teplo’s (the director and editor) idea. He’s a true visionary and magician when it comes to capturing true emotions and landscapes.
The music video for “Time To Live” was also made under extreme conditions; please share with us what that was like, along with collaborating with your good friends and director, Pasha Teplo.
It was amazing, and it was quite the journey. We had such a blast. Pasha is a dear friend of mine and together we decided to shoot several scenes in some majestic landscapes out in the desert. We didn’t have much time to shoot our desert scenes because of the scorching heat. We would sleep in our car overnight in the middle of nowhere, would then wake up to shoot the scenes at around 6AM in the morning, and the temperature was already at around 90 Fahrenheit, meaning that we only had about an hour or so to finish shooting all the scenes before the heat would become unbearable.
What was your first concert, and which concert has impressed you the most?
My first concert was Metallica in 98’ and the show that impressed me the most was Prince in 2006.
What was your first album on cassette, CD and/or vinyl?
First cassette: Elvis Presley’s Today album
Which five albums and/or artists would you not want to live without?
Artists: Sting, Prince, Queen, Toto, Pink Floyd
Albums: Michael Jackson – Thriller , The Smiths – Meat is Murder, The Beatles – Greatest Hits , Pink Floyd – Division Bell and Madonna – Ray Of Light.
Which EDM artists influence you most?
Daft Punk and David Guetta
Do you have a guilty music and/or entertainment pleasure?
I love to dance naked around my house, is that even a guilty pleasure?